Daly Santana just finished her third year of playing professional volleyball after a four-year career at Minnesota.
Two former University of Minnesota volleyball players gained medals at the 2017 Pan American Cup, in Canete, Peru.
Gophersports.com caught up with Gophers great Daly Santana as she's playing professionally in France.
Santana and Puerto Rico are set to come in the nation's first-ever Olympics, starting this Saturday.
Former Gopher outside hitter Daly Santana was named to the Puerto Rico Olympic Team.
2015 Big Ten Player of the Year • 2015 AVCA First Team All-American and All-Region selection • 2015 Volleyball Magazine All-American • 2015 NCAA Region (Des Moines) Most Outstanding Player • Finished her career with 1,644 kills, 182 aces and 1,280 digs, all of which ranks in Minnesota's top 10 • 2014 AVCA All-America honorable mention and AVCA All-Region selection • Named a 2014 All-Big Ten honorable mention • Unanimous selection on the Freshman All-Big Ten team • named to the 2012 NCAA All-Tournament Team • two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week • earned Big Ten Player of the Week twice as a senior.
2015 • SENIOR SEASON
First Team All-American by both AVCA and Volleyball Magazine • 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year • Unanimous All-Big Ten selection • NCAA Region Most Outstanding Player • Honda Award finalist • Started all 35 matches, played in all 129 sets • First on team in kills (584), points (654.5), and service aces (39) • Second on team in digs (375) • Added a double-double against Texas A&M (8/29) with 16 kills and 18 digs • became the first Gopher to have 39 kills in a single match since 1999 when she accomplished it vs. Louisville (9/4) • also added a double-double in the same match with 11 digs • hit for .538 and added three aces against UC Irvine (9/11) • named All Tournament and MVP of the Diet Coke Classic (9/11-12) • named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week (9/15), her first POW honor of her career • named MVP at the Charleston Classic, earning two MVP awards two weeks in a row (9/18-19) • had 19 kills in Ohio State win (9/23) • had a season-high four aces and 19 kills in the five set match against Penn State (9/26) • had 26 kills against Illinois (10/3) • hit .370 and had 10 kills, 12 digs against Maryland • had 20 kills and 15 digs in the five set win against Wisconisn (10/14) • earned a double-double in the four set win against Wisconsin (10/17) • hit 23 kills in the win against No. 3 Nebraska (10/23) • added a double-double against No. 17 Purdue (11/1), 21 kills, 10 digs, and hit .312 • hit .419 against Michigan State (11/6) • earned a double-double against No. 25 Michigan (11/7) • had 3 service aces and 11 kills in the sweep of No. 1 Penn State (11/14) • earned a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs against Maryland (11/18) • established a double-double with 21 kills and 16 digs against Purdue (11/21) • earned a double-double against Ohio State and Indiana (11/25-28) • hit .526 with only one error in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Jackson State (12/4) • earned a double-double in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Marquette (12/5) • earned her 20th double-double of the season with 17 kills and 15 digs in the Regional Semifinal against Illinois (12/11) • earned a double-double with 23 kills and 12 digs in the Regional Final against Hawaii (12/12) • earned a double-double in the National Semifinal against Texas (12/17).
2014 • JUNIOR SEASON
Named a 2014 AVCA All-America honorable mention and an All-Region selection• Named a 2014 All-Big Ten honorable mention• Garnered Minnesota's Sportsmanship Award • Played in 109 sets and started in all 31 matches • Ranked second in the Big Ten in points per set (4.47), third in kills per set (3.90) and fourth in aces per set (0.33)• Held a team-high 425 kills points • Recorded eight double-doubles and led Gophers in match kills 20 times • Produced a match-high 13 kills and 16.5 points in the season opener against Notre Dame • Accumulate a career-high 21 kills in 36 attempts to hit .444 against Yale (9/5) • Named to the Yale Invite All-Tournament Team • Was named Diet Coke Classic MVP with a team-high 51 kills • Named to all-tournament team at Rocket Invite with 34 kills and 4.25 kps • Had a team-high 17 kills and added four assists, two aces and five digs in the win over Ohio State (9/24) • Had a double-double vs. Penn State (9/27) with 12 kills and 10 digs, and added 2 assists and 3 blocks • Added a double double 13 kills, 10 digs at Illinois (10/1) • Had a double-double with 12 kills, 11 digs at Northwestern (10/5) • Earned a team-high 16 kills vs. Maryland (10/10) and hit .500 • Let the team in kills vs. Rutgers with 15 (10/11) • Had 10 kills vs. Nebraska (10/22) • Led team with 14 kills and 14 digs at Indiana (10/29) • Had 10 kills at Purdue (11/1) • Established a match-high 17 kills in Michigan State win (11/7) • Tied a career-high 21 kills and hit .419 in the Northwestern win (11/12) • Recorded a career-high 23 kills in the Maryland win (11/19), also hit .383 • Had a team-high 15 kills at Ohio State (11/26).
2013 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Ranked third on the team in kills (334), kills per set (2.78), second in attempts (1024) and digs (334) and first in aces (51) • Played in all four matches during the UAB/Samford Tournament and averaged 3.58 kps. Also had four aces in the tournament and a team-high 43 digs • Held a career-best .846 hitting mark against Samford • Named to the all-tournament team at the Dartmouth Duels when she had 27 kills, 31 digs and nine blocks • Had five aces in Indiana match and led the team with 14.5 points • Hit .300 in 20 swings and added an assist, two aces, 11 digs and four blocks against Purdue (9/29) • Added a double double of 15 kills and 11 digs in the loss to Penn State (10/9) • Tied a career-high seven aces and led the team with 19.5 points in the Michigan State win (10/17) • Recorded a career-high 18 kills and a team-high 20 points in the Michigan win (10/19) • Produced a career-best seven blocks in the Northwestern win (10/27) • Hit .450 and had a team-high 10 kills in Indiana win (11/2) • Produced 16 points, 15 kills and a team-high 14 digs against Nebraska (11/10) • Had 23 kills and 18 digs against Michigan and Michigan State (11/22-23) • Produced a double-double against Wisconsin with 10 kills, 11 digs • Finished the Big Ten season with a team-best 15 digs and added eight kills against Illinois • Hit .350 against Radford (12/7) and had a double-double against Colorado in first weekend of NCAA play • Added a double-double in the NCAA Regional Semifinal when she had 13 kills and a team-best 17 digs.
2012 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
Made her first collegiate start in the four-set win over James Madison (8/25) • sported 8 kills and 16 digs against Appalachian State (8/25) • started in all three matches during the Diet Coke Classic (8/31-9/1) and had nine service aces • posted a career-best seven aces in the Miami (OH) match, including five in the first set • reached season highs in kills with 11 and digs with 16 in the weekend opening victory over Texas (9/6)• led the team in digs with 11 in second match against Texas (9/7) • had eight kills and five digs in the victory against NDSU (9/10) • added four kills and one block assist to the victory over Dayton in the Golden Hurrican Classic (9/14)• held a career-high14 kills and nine digs in the match versus Kansas State and had four service aces (9/14) • produced 10 digs and one block assist in the final match of the Golden Hurricane Classic against Tulsa (9/15) • contributed two block assists and one service ace at Illinois (9/21) • led the team with 13 digs against the Northwestern Wildcats (9/23) tied a career-high 14 kills and three aces in the sweep over Ohio St. (9/28) • tied her career high 14 kills and had two service aces and eight digs against Michigan (10/3) • had nine kills. two aces and 16 digs against Iowa (10/12) • earned 13 kills from her tied career high of 33 attempts versus Nebraska (10/14), hitting .303 • tied the team lead with nine kills, four aces and 11 digs in the win over Wisconsin (10/17) • earned a career high 18 digs and added nine kills in the win over Purdue (10/20) • added seven kills, two assists, eight digs, and two aces to the match against Penn St. (11/2) • earned a career high of 15 kills from 42 attempts with a double-double of 13 digs in win over Ohio State (11/4) • earned a career high and led the team with 20 digs against Michigan State (11/9) • led the team in kills with nine against Michigan (11/10) • had a career night with 17 kills, 46 attempts, and four blocks assists against Nebraska (11/16) • had eight kills, seven digs, and led the team with three aces in the sweep over Iowa (11/17) • had eight kills and recorded the only team block solo in the match against Wisconsin (11/21) • added four kills, one service ace, and one block assist in the sweep over Indiana (11/24) • had a double double in her first NCAA game with 10 kills, a match-high 13 digs and two aces • had 11 kills and seven digs against Creighton (12/1) • led the team in both kills (16) and digs (14) in the NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Purdue (12/7) • ended the season with eight kills and a team-high 13 digs in the NCAA Regional Final against Penn State (12/8).
PRIOR TO MINNESOTA:
Led her Puerto Rico Youth National Team in most of her appearances • selected to the Puerto Rico Women's National Team as they are set to play in the 2012 Pan American Cup in Mexico and the World Grand Prix throughout various countries• captain of Puerto Rico's Youth National Team at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls' Youth World Championship in Turkey, her second appearance after a 2010 showing • led Puerto Rico to a bronze medal at the 2010 NORCECA Girls' Youth Volleyball tournament • competed for Llnaeras Toa Baja in 2010-11, a women's professional volleyball team that competes in the Puerto Rico Superior League • Selected in 2011 to compete on the Puerto Rico Women's National Team • was also on the national team roster for the Pan American games fall OF 2011 in Mexico.
Born February 19, 1995 • daughter of Christian E Santana and Magdaly Morales • majoring in youth studies.
|Daly Santana's Career Statistics|
|Career Totals||484-135||1644||3.40||661||4531||.217||116||182||1280||219 (15-204)||1943|
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