Updated: December 13, 2012
2012: Started all 30 matches, appearing in all 112 sets … Finished the season with 244 kills with a .350 hitting percentage while adding 169 digs, 76 blocks and pacing the team with 25 aces … Notched 13 kills, six digs and five blocks against No. 23 Michigan … Registered season-highs of 14 digs and seven assists versus Wake Forest … Got up for six blocks against Duke … Tallied 14 digs and four blocks versus Clemson … Led the Hokies to a win over Georgia Tech after registering a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs while adding three blocks … Earned AVCA All-East Region accolades for the third straight season … Named to the All-ACC team for the third consecutive season.
2011: Started 30 of the team’s 31 matches, appearing in all of them, as well as 121 sets … Finished the season with 327 kills, 225 digs and 84 blocks, while hitting at a .295 clip … Paced the team with 20 double-digit kills matches and also tallied six double-doubles … Finished the last three matches of the season with 36 kills, 27 digs and 11 blocks … Strung together an eight-match double-digit kills streak, including her season-best 17, and four double-doubles … Threw down 13 kills and added 16 digs in the ACC opener against Virginia … Was named Hokie Tournament MVP after tallying 29 kills, 12 digs and 10 blocks in the opening weekend … Earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention and All-East Region accolades for the second straight season … Was named to the All-ACC team after earned preseason honors as well … Garnered VaSID First Team All-State honors for the second time.
2010: Appeared in all 32 matches, making 27 starts, and playing in 119 sets … Led the team with 385 kills and a .376 hitting percentage, while adding 121 digs, 48 assists, 41 blocks and 14 aces … Second in the ACC and 24th in the nation in hitting percentage, as well as second-best all-time at Virginia Tech … Eighth in the ACC in kills … Led the team with 21 double-digit kill matches … Had her first career double-double on Sept. 10 against Central Arkansas, with 10 digs and a team-leading 19 kills and .531 hitting percentage … Led the team in kills 13 times, in hitting percentage nine times, and in service aces six times … AVCA All-America Honorable Mention … AVCA All-East Region … First team All-ACC … VaSID first team all-state … MVP of the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational and the Western Kentucky Tournament … Comcast Lady Vol Classic All-Tournament team … Named to the CVU.com national Top Performers List and Virginia Tech Athlete of the Week on Sept. 7, after hitting .491 with 31 kills at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational … Notched a career-high and then-team-season-high 25 kills on Oct. 1 against Clemson … Named to the All-ACC Academic team.
2009: Set a Tech freshman record with a single-season hitting percentage of .354, ranking fifth in the ACC … The hitting percentage also ranks third all-time among all Hokies … Named to ACC All-Freshman team … Played in 120 sets and all 31 matches, starting 27 of them … Racked up 280 kills, seventh-best among Tech freshmen, and 67 blocks, second-most on the team, on the year … Totaled 14 double-digit kill matches, including a career-high 14-kill output at North Carolina … Blocked 10 attacks in a win at American.
High School: Received Greater Miami Conference Division I Player of the Year award in 2008 … Led Greater Miami Conference her senior year with 331 kills and 60 service aces … Named Cincinnati Enquirer first-team Division I as a junior and senior … Two-time first-team all-conference honoree … Garnered all-city honors in 2008 … Earned all-tournament team honors at the 2006 USA Junior Olympics … Mason High School’s offensive player of the year as a junior … Won COMET award in 2008 … Southwest Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association Senior Scholastic Athletic Award winner all four years of high school … Lettered all four years for coach Tiann Keesling … Played for Mizuno Cincy Classic Volleyball club … Graduated cum laude and earned Award of Merit.
Personal: Cara Baarendse was born on May 12, 1991, in Cincinnati, Ohio … Daughter of Marianne and Dale Baarendse … Has two siblings, Jennifer and Tyler … Majoring in human development.