Briefly...Dina DeBernardi is in her final year at LMU... a returning captain who coaches feel is the rock of the team... coaches like her consistent style, doesn't play overly emotional... a very steady force who provides a lot of leadership... plays big in big situations and is a go-to person when LMU needs kills... always someone the Lions can depend on... Lions look for her to have her best season as a senior...
At LMU...Current 2005 season... an All-WCC honorable mention recipient (for the third time in her career)... named to the LMU Four Points Sheraton Classic All-Tournament team after the Lions won the title... earned MVP and All-Tournament selections after Lions won the Hawthorne Suites Cal State Fullerton Invitational... became the first Lion to reach both the 1,000 career kill and 300 career total block mark when she reached 1,000 kills vs. SMU... ranks in the top-10 all-time in 12 different statistical categories, including second in career games played, block assists, and total blocks...2004...received All-WCC honorable mention recognition... averaged 2.74 kills per game... ranked second on the team with 99 total blocks and an average of .94 blocks per game... tallied 11 kills and four blocks against the University of Miami... had six blocks in a 3-0 win over UC Riverside... represented LMU on the all tournament team at the 2004 LMU Furama Hotel Invitational... posted 14 kills against No. 15 UCLA... posted a career-high nine blocks and led LMU to a record-setting 3-1 win over San Francisco... put down 20 kills to lead No. 18 LMU volleyball to the 3-1 win over Duke... added 16 kills and three blocks in 3-1 win over Portland... recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs against North Carolina... 2003...named the LMU/Enterprise Rent-a-car Student-Athlete of the Month for September... selected as the LMU Four Points Sheraton Classic MVP on 9/6/03 after recording 33 kills and six blocks on the weekend... recorded 23 kills with no errors, good for a .639 hitting percentage in the 3-1 win over then-No. 7 UCSB on 9/2/03... had seven kills and hit .778 in 3-0 win over Cal State Fullerton... posted 12 kills, four blocks, and three aces in LMU's tenth straight victory, a 3-0 win over Saint Louis... totaled 36 kills and nine blocks against opponents at the Cougar Mania Tournament... posted six kills and a .500 hitting percentage in game one of the 3-0 win over UC Riverside... recorded 11 kills and six block assists in 3-0 win over Portland... had 12 kills and three blocks in 3-1 win over San Diego... hit .500 with four kills in opening game against Saint Mary's to help LMU to the early lead... tallied nine kills and hit .348 in NCAA second round action against the eventual national champions USC... 2002... sustained a season-ending elbow injury and received a medical red-shirt... in a 3-0 win over Colorado on Sept. 7, had the fifth highest hitting percentage in school history (.833, 10-0-12), setting a sophomore class record, previously held by former All-American Sarah Noriega (.765) in 1995... averaged 1.95 kpg, while leading the team with a .341 hitting percentage... had a season-high 10 kills against the Buffalo... was named to the LMU Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament team... 2001...earned honorable mention All-WCC as a freshman... led team in both block solos (24) and total blocks (69), and in attack percentage (.314)... her attack percentage for the season ranked third in the conference... was third on the team in both kills (258) and attacks (599)... did not post less than eight kills in her first 17 career matches... amassed double-digit kill totals in 18 of 25 matches, including two streaks of six or more... one of only eight athletes in the conference to average more than 0.75 blocks per game... had more than four blocks in three of last six matches of the season... named to the Colorado PowerBar Invitational All-Tournament Team, while recording a season-high 17 kills versus Clemson (Sept. 2)... also was a member of the 2001 LMU Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team with 34 kills in three matches... posted an outstanding .647 hitting percentage versus Pepperdine on Sept. 29, with 11 kills on 17 attempts, without an error...
High School... a 2001 graduate of Horizon High School in Scottsdale, AZ... a two-sport athlete, earned three varsity letters in both volleyball and basketball... was a two-time all-city and all-conference basketball player... captained her freshman and senior volleyball teams... was a two-time all-city, all-area and all-conference volleyball pick... named first-team all-region and all-state as a senior... was voted most improved in 1999 and 2000... prep volleyball coach was Ron Strauch... played club volleyball for the Arizona Juniors and Coach Bernard Ing...
Personal...Dina Rafaela DeBernardi was born in Phoenix, AZ on July 8, 1983... the daughter of Duke and Ulda DeBernardi... has one brother, Dino... a business administration major with an emphasis in marketing.