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#7 Dani Mancuso
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6'2"
Year: Senior
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Omaha Gross

Honors & Awards

  • Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12
  • Six-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll Member

2006: Senior Year
Mancuso was a starter on NU’s 2006 NCAA title team, helping Nebraska to a national title and two national finals appearances in her career • Helped NU to a 124-10 record, equaling the most wins by a Husker team in the NCAA era, during her career, as she totaled 646 kills, 374 digs and 166 blocks in 113 career matches • Earned her undergraduate degree from Nebraska in May of 2007 • Outside hitter who enjoyed her best season as a senior, averaging 2.56 kills, 0.62 blocks and 0.70 digs per game for the Huskers • Reached double digits in kills 11 times in 2006, including four times in six NCAA Tournament matches • Starred in the national championships in Omaha, putting up 12 kills in both the national semifinals and finals, hitting .276 in the national championship match against No. 2 Stanford • Was one of the unsung heroes of Nebraska’s regional final win over Minnesota, delivering a season-high 15 kills - her highest total in a match since 2004 • Tied season bests in both kills (11) and digs (six) in NU’s opening-round win over American on Dec. 1 • Had eight kills on .475 hitting and four stuffs in a sweep of Northern Iowa on Dec. 2 • Enjoyed her best match of the season at Kansas on Nov. 22, matching her season high with 11 kills, while hitting a season-best .647 on 17 swings • Tied her season high with 11 kills on just 21 swings against Baylor on Nov. 18 • Totaled 10 kills on .316 hitting in a win over Texas A&M on Nov. 15 • Matched her season high with 11 kills and added five blocks and five digs in NU’s loss at Colorado on Nov. 11 • Nearly posted a double-double at Iowa State on Nov. 8, totaling nine kills and a season-high eight digs • Hit .333 with eight kills and four blocks in a sweep of Texas Tech on Nov. 1 • Sparked a sweep of Kansas State in Manhattan on Oct. 28, totaling seven kills, three digs and a block while hitting .455 against the Wildcats • Keyed NU’s sweep of No. 16 Missouri on Oct. 25, totaling eight kills on a then-season-best .438 hitting against the Tigers • Sparked NU’s win over No. 9 Texas on Oct. 18 with nine kills while tying her career high with six blocks against the Longhorns • Enjoyed her best match of the season at No. 15 Missouri on Oct. 11, finishing with nine kills on .400 hitting, three digs and two blocks against the Tigers • Totaled nine kills and tied for the team lead with five blocks at Baylor on Sept. 30 • Matched her season high with 11 kills in a win over Creighton on Sept. 24 • Recorded eight kills, four blocks and tied a seaon best with four digs in a sweep of Texas Tech on Sept. 23 • Totaled eight kills and two blocks in a sweep of Iowa State on Sept. 20 • Had nine kills on 22 swings at Oklahoma on Sept. 16 • Tallied a season-high 11 kills against Saint Mary’s on Sept. 1 • Totaled seven kills and a season-high five blocks in a sweep of No. 20 San Diego on Aug. 29

2005: Junior Year
Mancuso served as the Huskers’ top reserve at all three outside hitter positions, averaging 1.38 kills, 1.15 digs and 0.62 blocks per game in 26 matches • Made the most of her only start of the season, totaling a season-high 10 kills on .348 hitting and with a career-high six blocks in a sweep of Michigan on Sept. 3 • Recorded five or more kills on four occasions, including seven kills, a season-best nine digs and three blocks in a victory over Pepperdine on Sept. 9 • Had four kills and two digs while playing the final 10 points of the third game against Baylor on Oct. 1 • Totaled three blocks and two kills in one game of NU’s win against Oklahoma on Nov. 8 • Had five kills on six swings, including four kills in the finale, in the Huskers’ victory at Baylor on Nov. 16 • Had two kills on two swings and a block in the final four plays of the regional semifinal against UCLA at the Qwest Center on Dec. 9 • Tallied two kills and four digs in NU’s NCAA title match against Washington on Dec. 17 • Earned first-team academic All-Big 12 honors and was a candidate for academic All-America honors with a 3.462 GPA in communication studies.

2004: Sophomore Year
Mancuso saw extensive duty at outside hitter, splitting time with Christina Houghtelling • Averaged 2.77 kills and 2.27 digs per game in 24 matches • Was fifth on the team in kills despite making just nine starts • Shined coming off the bench to provide a change of pace • Led NU’s comeback at No. 25 Notre Dame on Sept. 4 with 11 kills on .688 hitting (11-0-16) in the final two games to help the Huskers erase a 2-1 deficit • Recorded her only double-double of the year against Florida A&M, matching her career high with 16 kills and adding 11 digs • Starred as she single-handedly led the Huskers to a win at No. 16 Kansas State on Oct. 13, totaling a career-high 22 kills on .559 hitting along with two service aces and three blocks • Was one of only two Huskers to have 20 kills in a match in 2004 (also Sarah Pavan) • Had 10 kills in game four alone, leading NU back from a 19-13 deficit • Came off the bench for 12 kills and five digs in a win at Baylor on Oct. 23 • Returned to the starting lineup against Colorado on Oct. 29, drilling a match-high 18 kills on .424 hitting in a sweep of the Buffaloes • Turned in a solid effort in a start against Oklahoma on Nov. 20, setting a career high with five blocks, while also totaling 11 kills and nine digs against the Sooners • Played in three NCAA matches, including both matches in the regional.

2003: Freshman Year
Mancuso emerged as one of the Huskers’ top performers during her freshman season • Played in 29 matches, averaging 2.01 kills and 1.72 digs per game • Recorded 10-or-more kills on six occasions, including a season-high 16 kills in a win at New Orleans on Sept. 5 • Totaled a season-high 16 digs in a win at Colorado on Nov. 26 • Trained on both the left and right sides before breaking into the lineup for the last 12 matches on the left side • Provided a spark in the lineup, averaging 2.24 kills, 2.29 digs, 0.52 blocks and 0.40 service aces per game, as NU went 10-2 in the last 12 matches • Was one of NU’s best servers down the stretch, as she posted 17 of her 23 aces in NU’s final 12 matches • Finished eighth in the Big 12 with 0.36 service aces per game in league play, including five in a win over Kansas on Nov. 19 • Made her first career start against New Orleans and pounded a match-high 16 kills on .429 hitting • Had a match-high 14 kills against Valparaiso in the first round of the NCAA Tournament • Averaged 3.67 kills per game on .459 hitting and 0.83 service aces per game in NU's first and second round NCAA Tournament matches.

High School
Mancuso was named the honorary captain of both the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Metro squad in 2002 • Tallied a Nebraska state-record 621 kills as a senior – breaking her own Class B single-season record by almost 200 kills • Also posted 150 blocks and led Class B with 107 service aces • Finished her career with 1,336 kills, crushing the Class B record of 1,052 set by Anna Schrad (Lincoln Pius X) in 1999 • Led Omaha Gross to three state tournament appearances in her career, including a state title in 1999 and a runner-up finish in 2001 • Paced Omaha Gross to a 29-10 record and a No. 1 ranking in the state before falling in the state semifinals • Was a four-year member of the dean’s list and a three-time Nebraska Class B academic all-state selection • Lettered twice in track • Chose NU over numerous schools, including Stanford, Kansas, South Carolina, Pacific, Tennessee and Florida State.

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