10 - Areal Bienemy
Areal Bienemy
Height: 6-0
Year: Senior
Hometown: Violet, La.
High School: St. Bernard
Position: MB
AS A SENIOR (2004): After becoming the first All-American in Butler history, Bienemy was named Honorable Mention All-America and to the Midwest "All-Regional Team" by the AVCA after earning Horizon League first-team recognition...led the Bulldogs with 25 solo blocks and 116 block assists for a 1.28 average, good for third in the league...averaged 3.89 kills per game, which was second on the team and fifth in the league...her .242 hitting percentage was second on the team and seventh in the conference...added 135 digs, 19 aces and 15 assists...recorded 22 double-figure kill matches, including 20+ on 10 occasions...tied her career-high with 23 kills three times...matched a personal-best with nine blocks on three occasions...started all 28 matches, appearing in all 110 games...named to the "All-Tournament Team" at all three of the invitationals Butler played...also earned Horizon League "Player of the Week" honors for the week of Oct. 11.

AS A JUNIOR (2003): Named Honorable Mention All-America and to the Midwest "All-Regional Team" by the AVCA after earning Horizon League first-team and tournament honors following the 2003 season...moved from outside hitter to middle blocker prior to the 2003 campaign...started 31 of the team's 32 matches, appearing in 121 of the team's 125 games...her .278 hitting percentage led the Bulldogs and was good enough for seventh in the Horizon League...finished second on the team and seventh in the league in blocks with 1.04 bpg...her 126 total blocks included 22 of the solo variety...ranked second on the team in total kills (385) and kills per game (3.18)...finished second on the team and tenth in the Horizon League with 480 points...recorded a career-high 23 kills in the Oct. 3 win over Wright State...had a hitting percentage of .500 or better on three occasions...tied a career-high with nine blocks against Samford in the team's first match of the season (Aug. 29), en route to "All-Tournament Team" honors at the University of New Orleans Invitational, played in her home state of Louisiana...posted double figures in kills on 22 occasions, including 11 of the team's final 13 matches.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2002): Was one of Butler's most potent outside hitters, as her incredible vertical jump and quick arm swing earned her a regular place in the Bulldog's starting lineup...averaged 2.44 kills per game, which ranked third on the team...tallied double-figures in kills on 15 occasions...set a new career-high with 21 kills against Indiana State...averaged 1.57 digs per game...her 15 digs against the Sycamores, San Francisco and Central Michigan marked a season high...recorded ten or more digs in eight matches...posted five double-doubles on the season... hit a career-best .571 (10-2-14) against IPFW...served up a season-high three aces against San Francisco and UW Milwaukee...averaged 0.73 blocks per game, which ranked third on the squad...her nine block assists and total blocks against Youngstown State marked a new career-hihg and set a school single match record...had a streak of eight double-figure hitting matches going during the non-conference season.

AS A FRESHMAN (2001): Played in 20 matches and 53 games as a freshman...captured a starting role as an outside hitter towards the end of the season, becoming one of Butler's most potent hitters...averaged 2.00 kills per game overall, improving her mark to 2.26 kills per game in league action...averaged 1.96 digs per game...posted 10 or more kills on six occasions...tallied a season-high 15 kills in Butler's five-game win over UW-Green Bay...recorded a season-high 16 digs in Butler's three-game victory over UIC in the Horizon League Tournament.

AT ST. BERNARD HIGH: Excelled in volleyball, basketball, softball and track..selected on the all-district team in all four sports...was a first team all-state selection...named to the academic all-state team...received the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association award...played for the No Hurricanes Club Volleyball team...cited as The Times-Picayune Metro Female Athlete of the Year...led the Metro area in scoring as a guard for the Eagles basketball team by averaging nearly 23 points...batted better than .600 in softball...was ranked as the 10th-best javelin thrower in the country...elected as vice president of Mu Alpha Theta...voted as Miss St. Bernard by student body...involved in student council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes...high school coach: Jamie Colombo.

PERSONAL: Born August 12, 1983...daughter of Zina Bienemy...exercise science major.