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#1 Natalie Abel
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 5'11"
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Washington, Pa.
High School: Trinity
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As a redshirt senior:

  • Third Team All-CAA
  • VaSID Second Team All-State
  • Reached 5th on JMU's all-time digs list with 1,161
  • Set career-high in kills (24) and tied career-high in points (24) against FIU
  • Appeared in 23 matches, registering seven double-doubles
  • Preseason All-CAA selection 

As a redshirt junior: 

  • First Team All-CAA
  • VaSID State Player of the Year and First Team All-State
  • Preseason All-CAA honorable mention
  • JMU Days Inn Invitational MVP
  • High Point Classic MVP
  • CAA Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 6, Sept. 12, Oct. 24)
  • Started all 31 matches, finishing first on the team with 350 kills and second on the team with 376 digs
  • Recorded the only 20/20 performance of the season by a JMU player with 21 kills and 20 digs against George Mason
  • Had a team-best 15 double-doubles
  • Set career-high in digs with 30 against Davison
  • Reached 9th on JMU's all-time dig list with 982
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2011
  • JMU Dean's List Spring 2012
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete

As a redshirt sophomore: 

  • Third Team All-CAA
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2010
  • CAA Defensive Player of the Week (Aug. 30)
  • County Inn & Suites All-Tournament Team
  • Finished third on the team with 236 kills and tied for the team lead with 307 digs
  • Third on the team with seven double-doubles
  • Had a career-high 23 kills on .327 hitting and 17 digs against William & Mary
  • Recorded 16 kills and 10 digs against VCU
  • Had 21 kills and 11 digs in the Dukes' four-set win at UNC Wilmington
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award

As a redshirt freshman: 

  • JMU Dean's List Fall 2009
  • CAA Commissioner's Academic Award
  • JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete
  • Finished ninth in the CAA in digs with 3.25 digs/set and a total of 299 on the season
  • Finished the season with 10 or more digs in 10 matches and 20 or moredigs infour matches
  • Collegiate debut against Morehead State
  • Split team-high 23 digs, her season high,against Delaware

Before JMU:

  • Four-year competitor for the Trinity Hillers, qualifying for playoffs all four years
  • Trinity's career kills record holder with 1,274, nearly doubling the previous total
  • Single-season kills mark of 405 as a junior in 2006
  • Named three times to Pennsylvania's "Finest 50" (all-state)
  • Three-time WPIAL AAA First Team (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Team traveled to China to compete
  • Tournament MVP honors in Moon Tournament (2005, 2006, 2007), Bob Bertucci Volleyball Camp, Seneca Valley, South Fayette
  • Trinity's homecoming queen

 

Personal: Daughter of Laurie and John Abel... engineering major.

 

 

Getting to know Natalie...

Why did you choose JMU?
It was beautiful, not too far from home, and warmer.

What is your major?
Media Arts and Design, minoring in Computer Information Systems

What is your favorite?

Food: Chocolate
Movie: Too many to name
Song: That's Not My Name by the Ting Tings
Athlete: Dorian Brooks (Go Steelers!)

What is something unique about you?
I can't burp.

What are your favorite things to do off the court?
Take naps, shop, hang out with friends, watch movies, browse youtube

What is your favorite place on campus and why?
The quad on the first nice day of spring. Everyone seems so happy.

What is your favorite thing about JMU volleyball?
The camaraderie with my teammates and working towards a goal on a daily basis

What do you want to accomplish in the 2011 season?
Win the CAA championship and advance to the NCAA tournament

What is your favorite place you've traveled to with JMU volleyball?
It's going to be this season when we go to Kaukauna, Wisconsin and Green Bay to visit the family of the famous Holly Wall.

What do you want to do after college?
Get a Master's degree and find a job I love.

What is the best advice you have received?
"The mind is stronger than the body."

What is your favorite JMU volleyball memory? 
All of the hilarious times with my teammates, I'll remember them forever.

 

Year

SP

K

E

TA

Pct.

AST

SA

DG

BS

BA

PTS

2009 92 2 1 15 0.067 20 8 299 0 0 10.0

2010

2011

Total

104

118

314

236

350

588

96

103

200

779

1088

1882

0.180

0.227

0.206

16

37

73

14

27

49

307

376

982

10

4

14

21 32
53

270.5

397.0

677.5