Dani Drews Is A Left Handed Hitter And American Pro Volleyball Player 

Dani Drews is a former Utah Utes award-winning outside hitter and is an American professional volleyball player in the Athletes Unlimited Professional League.


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College Volleyball Athletic Accomplishments as a Utah Ute

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Top College Volleyball Freshman

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• Played in all 34 matches as a true freshman for the Utes
• Ranked fifth on the team with 178 kills and a 1.48 kills-per-set average
• Totaled 31 digs and 70 total blocks
• Registered new season/career-highs with 15 kills vs. BYU (9/14) and 11 total blocks at Hawaii (9/3)
• Tabbed Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Sept. 4 following her 10 kills and 11 blocks double-double performance

Top College Volleyball Sophomore



  • Named AVCA Second Team All-American

• AVCA All-Pacific South Region Team
• Pac-12 All-Conference Team
• Led the team with 522 kills
• Finished second in the Pac-12 with 18 double-doubles
• Broke two program records in a week having 22 kills in a three-set win over USC and 30 kills in a four-set win against Colorado
• Named Pac-12 Player of the Week after the USC and Colorado performance
• Became the second player in program history during the rally-scoring era to have at least 500 kills in a season
• Finished second on the team with 332 digs
• Led the team in kills with 14 of the 20 Pac-12 matches
• Had 24 kills and 20 digs against Saint Mary’s becoming the third player in program history to have a 20-20 match
• Named to the Utah Classic and Villanova Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Teams

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AS A JUNIOR (2019) 

• Became second player in program history to be named an AVCA First Team All-American
• Named AVCA Pacific South Region Player of the Year
• Earned All-Pac-12 Team honors
• Set a single-season record and became the first player in program history to eclipse the 600-kill mark finishing with 643 for the season
• The 643 kills were the second most in the NCAA during the 2019 season
• Had 15 matches with at least 20 kills and two matches with 30-plus kills including setting a program record with 33 against USC while hitting .348 in the match
• Also had 31 kills against Washington State
• Had 10 matches in Pac-12 play with at least 20 kills
• Also led the team with 34 aces
• Never coming off the floor, Drews finished the year with 278 digs and 72.0 blocks 
• Matched a Utah NCAA tournament record in kills against Illinois with 27 kills
• Named MVP at the Utah Valley Invitational

Top College Volleyball Senior

Ute outside hitter Dani Drews was lights out, racking up a career-high 30 kills, hitting .367 and managing 18 digs to lead Utah to victory on Friday afternoon.

AS A SENIOR (2021) - 5th Year

  • Became Utah’s all-time kill leader against USC to pass former teammate Adora Anae’s record of 1,920 career kills

• Was named the AVCA Pacific South Region Player of the Year for the third-straight season and is the only Ute to win the award multiple times
• Earned her fourth consecutive AVCA All-American honor
• Named All-Pac-12 selection for fourth year in a row
• Finished fourth in the nation with 5.19 kills per set and first in the Pac-12
• Averaged a league-best 5.45 kills per set during Pac-12 play
• Posted 581 kills in her final year, which ranks third all-time in a single season
• Recorded a career-best .276 hitting percentage
• Posted 12 matches of 20-plus kills
• Totaled a team-high 12 double-doubles
• Led the team with 35 aces and posted the second-most digs (293)
• Named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week twice (9/13, 11/1)
• Became just the third Ute in history to be named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Player of the Week (9/14)

Dani Drews Became the first player in program history to be named AVCA First Team All-American two times. (Utah Utes Athletics)Dani Drews Became the first player in program history to be named AVCA First Team All-American two times. (Utah Utes Athletics)

AS A SENIOR (2020)

• Became first player in program history to be named AVCA First Team All-American two times
• Named AVCA Pacific South Region Player of the Year for the second season in a row
• Earned All-Pac-12 honors for the third straight season
• Led the team in kills in every match this season
• Finished the year with 344 kills
• Led the country averaging 5.21 kills per set
• Two 30-kill matches against Arizona State (31) and Stanford (30)
• Eight matches with over 20 kills
• Hit .263 on the season with 820 attempts
• Hit over .300 in eight matches
• The 30 kills against Stanford was the second time in her career she’s had 30 kills in a four-set match
• Led the team with 20 kills hitting .341 in the NCAA Tournament against Pittsburgh
• Won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week two times

High School Varsity Volleyball Achievements

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• Four-year letterwinner at Brighton High School and played under head coach Adam Fernandez
• As a senior she helped lead her squad to a 29-3 overall record and a second-round appearance in the Utah State Championships
• 2016 Second Team Under Armour All-American selection
• Registered 339 kills with a .610 hitting percentage, 225 digs, 61 total blocks and 31 service aces during her senior campaign
• Was named the Utah Gatorade Player of the Year
• Was ranked No. 8 overall in the state of Utah with her 339 kills this past season
• Registered 15 kills or more in eight matches, which included a season-high 30 kills against Bingham High School (9/22)
• Named PrepVolleyball.com Top-100 Senior Ace, coming in at No. 41 overall and a 2016 First Team All-American honoree
• 2015 First Team All-State selection after posting 372 kills and 48 service aces for the Bengals her junior season

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Five-year letter winner for the Utes who owns program career records for kills (2,268), sets played (561), matches played (150) and attack attempts (5,655)

… four-time AVCA All-America selection, including three First-Team commendations

… also earned All-Region and All-Pac-12 distinction four times

… honored as AVCA Pacific Region Player of the Year in each of her final three seasons

… named 2020 Pac-12 Player of the Year

… one of six players in Pac-12 Conference history, including only player at Utah, to register 2,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs

… ranks second on Pac-12 career kills list

… stands sixth at Utah in career aces (126) and ninth in career digs (1,104) … ranked fourth in the nation as a senior by averaging 5.19 kills per set

… became third player in program history to earn AVCA National Player of the Week award on Sept. 14, 2021

… posted pair of 30-kill performances during 2020 campaign

… set Utah single-season record as a junior with 643 kills, which ranked second in NCAA Division I

… set program single-match mark with 33 kills against USC in 2019

… finished second in the Pac-12 Conference with 18 double-doubles as a sophomore.

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