14   T'ara Austin
T'ara Austin

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Joliet, Ill.

High School:
Joliet Central

Height:
5-8

Position:
OH

Birthdate:
11/23/1994


10/31/2014

Huskies Clinch MAC Tournament Berth with 3-1 Win Over Ball State

NIU defense records 68 digs, 12 blocks in victory

10/24/2014

NIU Offense Gashes Golden Flashes in 3-1 Win

Three Huskies notch double-digit kills to improve to 9-0 in MAC

10/18/2014

NIU Outduels Buffalo, 3-1

T'ara Austin notches career-high 20 kills in victory

10/11/2014

Huskies Ace Central Michigan with 3-1 Win

NIU improves to 6-0 in MAC, moves to 5-0 against MAC West

10/10/2014

NIU Outlasts Eastern Michigan, 3-2

Huskies record season-high 16 blocks against Eagles

2014: Played in 104 sets in 30 matches as a sophomore...Finished the year with 102 kills and a 0.98 kills/set average...Ranked fifth on the team with 185 digs and a 1.78 digs/set average...Set career-highs in kills (20), attempts (41) and points (21.5) against Buffalo (Oct. 18)...Made her first career start against Louisville (Sept. 13)...Notched 32 kills in a three-match stretch from Oct. 2 to Oct. 10...Recorded two aces apiece apiece against Presbyterian (Aug. 29), Tennessee (Sept. 5) and Omaha (Sept. 5)...Had a career-best 22 digs against Eastern Michigan (Nov. 15)...Set a season-best mark with three blocks at EMU (Oct. 10).

2013: Played in 38 sets across 15 matches in her freshman season... Recorded six kills and a service ace against Southern Utah (Sept. 13) at the NM State Tournament... Notched her first career kill against Belmont (Sept. 7), in addition to her first career dig... Tallied two kills, four digs, a block solo and an ace at Akron (Oct. 19)... Scored on an ace against Western Michigan (Oct. 31)... Registered three digs each against Ball State (Oct. 12) and Eastern Michigan (Nov. 9).

High School: Tallied 358 kills, 238 digs and 42 blocks as a senior for Joliet Central High School... Named an all-area and all-conference performer in her senior season with the Steelmen.

Personal:Born Nov. 23, 1994, in Joliet, Ill... Daughter of William and Tonta Austin... Plans on majoring in broadcast journalism... Enjoys dancing and yoga.

CAREER HIGHS

Kills: 20, vs. Buffalo (Oct. 18, 2014)
Attempts: 41, vs. Buffalo (Oct. 18, 2014)
Hitting Percentage: .500, vs. Belmont (Sept. 7, 2013)
Assists: 4, at Miami (Ohio) (Oct. 4, 2014)
Aces: 2, three times (last vs. Omaha, Sept. 5, 2014)
Digs: 22, vs. Eastern Michigan (Nov. 15, 2014)
Blocks: 3, at Eastern Michigan (Oct. 10, 2014)
Points: 21.5, vs. Buffalo (Oct. 18, 2014)

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