Danielle Neville blocks her way into the record books

Oct. 25, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When senior Danielle Neville tied the school record for blocks in the Jacksonville volleyball team's 3-1 win over East Tennessee State, she didn't even realize she was close to it.

Now, three matches later, Neville has passed the former school record and is now trying to set it so far out there that no way may reach it again.

"I didn't even realize that I was close to breaking the record," Neville said. "It's a great honor for me to have my name up there with all of the other great players that have played here in the past. I've just tried to do my job to make back row's job easier."

As the Dolphins enter Wednesday night's home match against Bethune-Cookman at 7:30 p.m., Neville has racked up 391 career blocks and has been a big part of the team's recent success.

She has put up at least four blocks in the last seven of the last eight matches, while becoming more of an offensive weapon as well. She has put up 10 or more kills in four of the last six matches and has hit over .300 in eight of the last nine matches.

"I think it is a well deserved record for Danielle," JU head coach Kevin Paul said. "I remember watching her recruiting film and the first thing I noticed was the amount of balls she was blocking. She just has a great sense of where the ball is going and getting herself in the right position to finish the play. "

Neville entered the season with the school record for all-time block assists and passed Gisela Anderson's record for total blocks of 376, set back in 1989. She now has 52 block solos, which has her fourth on the school's all-time list.

"Danielle has been a starter for us since her freshman year and also been one of the top three blockers in the conference all four years," Paul said. "That's amazing to be that consistent over four years. She has been a major part of why we are one of the top defensive teams in the A-Sun."

"I couldn't be more happy with what Danielle has provided this team over her career thus far. The defense should be grateful playing behind #9."