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Mary Hernandez
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Mary  Hernandez

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Long Beach, Calif.

High School:
Wilson

Height:
5-7

Experience:
2 Letters

Position:
Setter

AS A JUNIOR (2016-17)

Beach: Struggled to find a solid rhythm due to partner changes halfway through the season ... Started the year with Lindsey Calvin and switched to Alexis Salmons halfway through ... Finished the season 13-16 overall, 2-7 with Calvin and 11-9 with Salmons ... Was able to grab key victories over major schools such as Arizona State, Loyola Marymount and Stanford ... Earned WCC All-Academic honorable mention.

Indoor: Played in every match and tied with Lindsey Calvin for a team-high 100 sets played as a junior for the Gaels ... Led the team with 571 assists ... Finished the year third on the team in both digs (194) and aces (22) ... Racked up 7 multiple dig games with her season-high of 12 coming against BYU on Nov. 5 ... Tied her season-high of 3 aces twice against San Francisco on Sep. 27 and against San Diego on Nov. 3 ... Recorded her first blocks of the season with 2 coming against San Diego on Oct. 8 ... Named to the 2016 WCC Volleyball All-Academic Team Honorable Mentions.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2015-16)

Beach: Named the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and honored as a member of the All-WCC Second Team ... Teamed with Payton Rund to win a remarkable 22 straight matches, leading the Gaels to a runner-up finish at the WCC Championships and a #17 ranking in DIG Magazine's final national poll ... Was named to the All-WCC Academic team for both the indoor and beach seasons and received Bronze Honors on the year-ending WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.44.

Indoor: Started and played in 91 of the Gaels' 99 sets on the year and finished with a team-high 883 assists (9.70/set) while tying for the second-most aces on the squad with 19 (.21/set) ... The 9.70 assists/set average ranked 6th in the conference ... Had a career high 57 assists in the 3-1 road victory at Pepperdine on Oct. 1 ... Also topped the 50-assist mark versus St. John's on Sep. 5 with 53 ... Topped the 40-assist mark seven other times including 49 in a 4-set victory at Long Beach State on Aug. 30; 49 in a 4-set home loss to Portland on Nov. 21; 48 in a 4-set home loss to Gonzaga on Nov. 19; and 44 in a sweep of Bethune Cookman on Sep. 5 ... Ranked fourth on the team in digs with 203 (2.23/set) and fifth in blocks with 33 (.36/set).

AS A FRESHMAN (2014-15)

Beach: Thrived in the sand for the Gaels, playing at both the No. 2 and 3 position throughout the season with several different partners ... Paired with Alexis Salmons to take the 3/4 title at the NorCal Invitational ... Ended the season playing consistently at No. 2 with partner Clare Powers ... landed the match-winning shot in SMC's one win at Cal, teaming with Powers to beat Bryce Bark and Emily Shults in three sets ... Named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll Bronze list for carrying a GPA between 3.00 and 3.49.

Indoor: Emerged as a candidate for playing time right away and allowed the Gaels to utilize two setters throughout her first season in Moraga ... Played in 69 sets, averaging 4.41 assists per set and finishing the season with 304 assists ... Also showed the ability to pass, averaging 1.68 digs per set ... Notched first career double-double with 23 assists and 10 digs in win over USF ... Saw extensive playing time at Utah State, appearing in all three matches and averaging 3.7 assists per set in first collegiate tournament.

PRIOR TO SAINT MARY'S: Started on the varsity level for three years at Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. ... Earned team MVP honors in both 2012 and 2013 ... Named an All-Tournament performer at both the Dave Mohs and Durango Las Vegas Indoor tournaments and was a Division I Indoor first-team All-League pick in 2011, '12 and '13. Also a standout on the sand, playing for the AAU Elite Sand Team in 2013 ... Earned a AAA rating on the sand for three years in a row and participated on the 18-under AAU Sand National Championship team in 2013 ... Also a member of the USA High Performance A1 Team in 2013.

Get To Know Mary Hernandez

Favorite volleyball memory: Winning my AAA beach rating in Santa Monica with Elise Zappia.

Favorite holiday: Halloween.

What do you love most about Saint Mary's: The campus.

What do you love most about SMC Volleyball: Everyone's sense of humor.

Favorite food or meal: Mac n' Cheese.

Top 3 songs: Stand Tall by The Dirty Heads, Angel Eyes by Love and Theft Country Girl by Luke Bryan.

Favorite books: The Fault In Our Stars.

Favorite movies: The Hunger Games.

Personal hobbies: Ping pong.

One thing everyone should do in their lifetime: Visit every beach in Southern California.

Describe yourself in one word: Ambitious.

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