14   T'ara Austin
T'ara  Austin


Joliet, Ill.

High School:
Joliet Central





Huskies’ Season Comes to a Close in MAC Championship Match

NIU fell to Ohio in straight-sets, closing the year 19-11


NIU and Ohio Set for MAC Tournament Final

Huskies seeking MAC Tournament Championship since 2001


NIU Volleyball Advances to MAC Championship With Win Over Miami

Huskies will play for NCAA Tournament berth Sunday night


T’ara Austin Named MAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week

The honor is the junior’s fourth of the season


Huskies Seeking MAC Championships This Weekend

NIU will host Western Michigan Thursday and play at Bowling Green Saturday


NIU-Toledo Highlights

Highlights from the Huskies 3-0 sweep over Toledo Friday night, November 6.


NIU Invitational Highlights - SDSU and Iowa

ESPN3 highlights from the Huskies victories over South Dakota State and Iowa at Victor E. Court in the NIU Invitational


NIU Advances to MAC Championship

NIU defeated Miami in the MAC Tournament Semifinals, 3-0, setting up a championship date with Ohio in the final.


NIU Volleyball Sweeps Ohio

The NIU volleyball team swept MAC leader Ohio on Homecoming, 3-0.


NIU defeats Milwaukee, 3-1

The Huskies defeated the Panthers, 25-18, 25-9, 22-25, 25-16.


NIU defeats Iowa, 3-1

The Huskies defeated Iowa, 3-1, with deuce set victories in the first and fourth to clinch the match.

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.


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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