5  Erica Banning
Erica Banning

RS Senior

Greenville, N.C.

High School:
D.H. Conley


Middle Hitter


2008 (Redshirt Sophomore): Played in 28 matches, making 27 starts ... Led the Pirates in hitting percentage (.255), solo blocks (17), blocks assists (86), total blocks (101) and blocks per set (1.01) while ranking third in service aces (21) and points (276.0) .... Finished seventh among conference players in blocking ... Started off the season with a .750 hitting performance against East Tennessee State (8/29), notching six kills in eight attempts with no errors ... Recorded double-digit kills in five matches.

2007 (Redshirt Freshman): Registered action in the team's first five matches before going down with an injury that would shelve her for the remainder of the season ... Established career-highs in kills (8), attempts (22), assists (2) and aces (1) against UNC Greensboro (8/28).

2006 (Freshman): Did not see any action due to redshirt

D.H. CONLEY HS: Two-year letterwinner under head coach Jennifer Gilliken ... Led the Vikings to a 24-3 record in her senior stanza, winning the 3A/4A Coastal Conference Championship and finishing the season second in the state ... Earned 2005 Coastal Plains Conference Player-of-the-Year honors as a senior, leading the Vikings to a second place finish in the state championships ... Named team offensive player-of-the-year and Female Athlete-of-the-Year as a senior ... Also named to the all-tournament team her final season ... Earned honorable mention all-state tournament honors as a junior ... Recipient of the Lady Viking Award in 2004.

PERSONAL: Full name is Erica Marie Banning ... Born January 17, 1988 ... Intended major is child development ... Daughter of Jack and Maha Banning ... Has one sibling, Kerri ... Advice to young girls wanting to play volleyball is to always work hard for what you want. ... If she could change one thing about volleyball it would be to get rid of injuries because they have plagued her and the team in recent years.