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Sakile Simmons

position

Middle Blocker

Height

6-1

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Houston, Texas

High School

St. Agnes Academy

Sakile Simmons - Volleyball - University of Miami Athletics

2017 (Senior): Had eight kills and an assist against Nicholls State (Aug. 26) … PIcked up season-high three blocks, a kill and a dig at FGCU (Sept. 2) in the Sunshine State Classic finale … Had four season-high six blocks and four kills in ACC opener against Virginia Tech (Sept. 22) before contributing a well-rounded performance of six kills, six blocks an assist and a dig in dramatic win over Virginia (Sept. 24) … Tallied a total of seven, two digs – both in the win at Notre Dame (Sept. 29) – and two blocks in the road contests against the Irish and Louisville (Oct. 1) … Recorded three kills and three blocks against Pittsburgh (Oct. 8) after managing one of each at Florida State (Oct. 4) … picked up a dig against the Panthers … Thrived under pressure with career-high-tying 10 kills, along with six blocks, in a thriller of a win at Duke (Oct. 13) before contributing seven kills, one dig, and a season-high seven blocks at Wake Forest (Oct. 15) … Recorded six kills on a .455 hitting display and picked up three blocks against Notre Dame (Oct. 22) to build on four kills and a block in win against Louisville (Oct. 20) … Combined for nine blocks, five kills and one dig in wins against NC State (Oct. 27) and North Carolina (Oct. 29) … Picked up 4 blocks, 4 kills on .444 hitting and a dig in a sweep over rival Florida State (Nov. 1) … Recorded two kills and two blocks at Pittsburgh (Nov. 3).

2016 (Junior): Added two kills and a block in win over Florida A&M (Aug. 26) … Led Canes with nine kills, three blocks and a .667 hitting percentage in victory over FIU (Aug. 27) … Combined for eight kills and three blocks in match against Coastal Carolina (Aug. 27) … Recorded seven kills and a team-leading four blocks in a five-set win over UTSA (Sept. 2) … Tallied two kills and a team-high four blocks against Lipscomb (Sept. 2) … Tallied 1 block against No. 3 Texas (Sept. 3) … Added three blocks against Loyola Chicago (Sept. 9) … Had one kill and one block with a .333 attack percentage against Kansas State (Sept. 9) … Had four blocks against Mississippi State (Sept. 10) … Added five kills and three blocks in match against Delaware (Sept. 16) … Registered a .385 attack percentage to go with six kills, a team-high four blocks, two digs and an assist in match against Missouri (Sept. 17) … Had eight kills and hit .353 for the match, adding a team-high four blocks in win over Duquesne (Sept. 17) … Recorded three kills and a block at No. 15 Florida State (Sept. 23) … Had a dig against Notre Dame (Sept. 25) … Had a team-high seven blocks in win over Boston College (Sept. 30) … Tallied three kills against Syracuse (Oct. 2) … Recorded a kill at NC State (Oct. 7) … Had two kills and a block at No. 9 UNC (Oct. 9) … Tallied five kills and a team-best six blocks while hitting .364 against Pitt (Oct. 14) … Recorded three kills and two blocks in win over Virginia Tech (Oct. 16) … Had a kill and a block against No. 12 Florida State (Oct. 19) … Recorded eight kills, five blocks and an assist in win at Virginia (Oct. 22) … Had five kills, three blocks and three digs in a win at Notre Dame (Oct. 28) … Tallied four kills on a team-high .571 attack percentage and added a pair of blocks in a win at Louisville (Oct. 30) … Started at middle blocker against North Carolina (Nov. 4) … Saw action in the middle in victory at Syracuse (Nov. 11).

2015 (Sophomore): Hit .429 in three-set victory over Illinois State (Aug. 28) … Had five kills and four blocks while hitting .444 in three-set win over Florida A&M (Aug. 29) … Record eight kills and eight blocks while hitting .615 in five-set victory over Kansas State (Aug. 29) … Led the Hurricanes with five blocks and hit .400 with three kills against Missouri State (Sept. 4) … Had two blocks at Louisville (Sept. 27) … Recorded a kill and a block in win over Georgia Tech (Oct. 2) … Had two kills in win over Clemson (Oct. 4) .. Played in one set in win at Duke (Oct. 11) … Had two kills and a block in win at NC State (Oct. 16) … Had two kills and a block in match at North Carolina (Oct. 18) … Recorded five kills and three blocks in win over Boston College (Oct. 23) … Added three kills and two blocks in win over Syracuse (Oct. 25) … Added five kills and a team-high six blocks in win at Virginia Tech (Oct. 30) … Had five kills and four blocks while hitting .444 at Pitt (Nov. 1) … Had two blocks in win over No. 17 Florida State (Nov. 4) … Had three kills, while hitting .400, and added four blocks in win over Virginia (Nov. 6) … Had a kill and five blocks against No. 22 Louisville (Nov. 13) … Finished with four kills and a block in win over Notre Dame (Nov. 15) … Played in one set against Duke (Nov. 20) … Had five kills and hit .714 in a win at Clemson (Nov. 25) … Hit .750 with three kills and a pair of blocks in a win at Georgia Tech (Nov. 27) … Finished with five kills and a pair of blocks in NCAA Tournament match against Iowa State (Dec. 3).

2014 (Freshman): Appeared in 109 sets over 31 matches, making 30 starts … Ranked second on the team with 111 blocks (seven solo) …  Finished season fifth in kills with 125 … Made her Hurricane debut against Seton Hall, recording two kills … Notched eight kills while hitting a season-best .700 in victory over Florida A&M … Tallied season-high 10 kills against TCU … Recorded season-best 8  blocks and added two kills against Florida State … Had two kills and team-high three blocks in first round NCAA Tournament win over UCF … Recorded a kill and two blocks in second round match vs. No. 8 Florida.

High School: Excelled on and off the court at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, earning four varsity letters and making the honor roll … Named First Team All-State following the 2013 season … She was the team captain as a senior and won the 2013 Tiger Pride Award after leading St. Agnes to a district championship … The star middle blocker helped the Tigers reach the State Final Four in 2012 … Earned first team All-District in 2011 and 2012 …. Named to the TAPPS Class 5A All-State second team in 2011 and earned first team honors in 2012 … Selected to the TAPPS Class 5A All-Tournament First Team in 2012 for her stellar play in the state playoffs … Starred for her club team, AVA ROX, playing in prestigious tournaments such as Tour of Texas, Colorado Crossroads Jr. Qualifier, JVA World Challenge, Lone Star Regionals, AAU Nationals, Big South Qualifier and the SoCal Qualifier.

Personal: Full name is Sakile Ayanna Simmons … Daughter of Donald and Paulette Simmons … Has one brother, Donald … Intends to major in psychology … Hobbies include shopping, going to concerts and dancing.