|9 Melissa Parana
Notes: After just her freshman season, already ranks 22nd on the WCU all-time career kills list (215) ... Enters her sophomore season with the sixth-best career hitting percentage (.263) ... Ranks tied for 28th all-time on Western Carolina's career blocks charts (70) ... She is tied with classmate, Danielle Spitzer.
2004: Was Western's top freshman, finishing ranked third on the team in kills with 215, second in attack percentage at .263, and tied for first in blocks with 70 ... Reached double-digit kills in 11 matches, including a career-best 23 in the five game win over Gardner-Webb ... Hit a career-best .595 in the win over the Bulldogs, only committing one error in 37 total attacks ... Added a career-high seven blocks in that match.
High School: A three-year letter-winner and three-year all-conference selection ... Led her squad to the 2001 and 2003 state quarterfinals ... Served as a captain as a senior and was named her team's MVP as a junior and senior ... Was additionally selected conference Player of the Year as a senior and was named to the all-conference team each of her three years on the varsity squad ... Voted as the Sanderson HS Female Athlete of the Year ... During the 2003 season, was named a Raleigh Sports Club Athlete of the Week ... Played three years of club volleyball for the NC Challengers and Triangle Volleyball Club ... Was academic all-conference in volleyball for three years as well as in track and field all four years ... Also a four-year letter-winner in track and field for Sanderson ... In track and field, Parana was her team's MVP as a junior and an all-conference performer and two-time regional finalist in the high jump and shot put ... Finished as her conference's high jump champion in 2003 and 2004 as well as being the champion in the shot put in `03... Received the 2003 North Carolina State "Heart of a Champion" award ... Placed third in the high jump at the North Carolina 4A state meet as a junior, first in her conference in both the high jump and shot put as a junior and first place in Wake County in the high jump as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Melissa Kay Parana... Daughter of Timothy and Susan Parana ... Born July 18, 1986 ... Majoring in Elementary Education.