AT LMU... 2008... Earned WCC All-Freshman team accolades after a stellar first season with the Lions... appeared in all 30 matches and 112 sets for the Lions... finished second on the team in attacks with 876... notched 310 kills to place second on the squad and first in terms of freshmen players... averaged 2.77 kills per set while hitting .201... her kills per set mark placed first in the WCC amongst her freshmen counterparts and 14th overall... served-up nine aces, including two against Gonzaga on November 13... also posted a personal-best five total blocks against the Bulldogs in that match... collected 135 digs defensively at a rate of 1.21 per set... proved active at the net with 23 total blocks, including five solos and 18 assists... finished the year with 333 total points... was the top freshman in terms of kills in WCC play, collecting 170 at a rate of 3.15 per set... that mark ranked ninth overall in the WCC... finished WCC matches with 185 total points... posted a season-high 21 kills against Portland on November 15... took a season-high 60 swings in the final match of the year against Yale on November 29... hit .435 on October 2 at Santa Clara and October 23 at San Francisco to set a personal benchmark... recorded 10 or more kills on 18 occasions, including 14 of her last 16 matches of the season...
HIGH SCHOOL... A 2008 graduate of Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, Calif... earned three varsity letters for coach Jason Harper... garnered All-League recognition after her sophomore, junior and senior years... was named Avocado League MVP, All-City, All-Area and All-CIF as a junior and senior... helped her team to a 2007 CIF Southern Section Runner-Up finish and the CIF State Southern Section Semi-Finals that same year... guided Carlsbad High School to a first-place finish in the Avocado League in 2005, 2006 and 2007... a scholar athlete, she served as team captain in her senior campaign... was a member of the Epic Volleyball Club Team in San Diego, Calif... played against current LMU teammate, Jasmine Rankins, in high school... also competed in track and field... competed against current LMU teammate, Olivia Bailey, in high school...
PERSONAL... Ariana Philomena Pia Covington was born October 6, 1990, in La Jolla, Calif... daughter of Shanoa Pia and Phil Covington... father played football at San Jose State... has one brother, Mendalson, who plays football at Grand Valley State University... also recruited by UNLV and Santa Clara, but chose LMU because of the volleyball program and the great education that is offered... a psychology major.
W. Volleyball - 2/13/2017
Natalie Morgan, Ben Lee Added to Volleyball Staff
W. Volleyball - 1/24/2017
Mansfield Picked to Lead Lions
W. Volleyball - 12/22/2016
Tom Black Named Head Coach at Georgia
W. Volleyball - 12/14/2016
Sponcil Earns AVCA All-American Status
W. Volleyball - 12/6/2016
Sponcil Repeats as AVCA All-Region
W. Volleyball - 11/28/2016
Sponcil Defender of Year, Trio Garners All-WCC Honors