Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown/Residence: Norwood, New Jersey/Norwood, New Jersey
Birth Date: April 6, 1993
Club Team/Coach: Atlantic Valley Volleyball Club (Westfield, N.J.) / Greg Chiang
High School/Grad Year: Northern Valley Old Tappan High School (Old Tappan, N.J.)/2011
College Status: Uncommitted
USA VOLLEYBALL HIGHLIGHTS: 2009 – Selected to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team. 2008 – Competed on Garden Empire High Performance Team competing at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championship in Arizona…Attended USA Volleyball High Performance Girls’ Development Camp in Austin…Invited to USA Volleyball High Performance Holiday Camp in Pomona, Calif. 2007 – Member of Garden Empire High Performance Team competing at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Florida…Attended USA Volleyball High Performance Girls’ Development Camp in Colorado Springs…Invited to USA Volleyball High Performance Girls’ Development Holiday Camp at Pomona, Calif. 2006 – Served as alternate on Garden Empire High Performance Regional Team.
CLUB/PREP HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 – Named to PrepVolleyball.com Sophomore Elite honorable mention list…Selected New Jersey High School All-State First-Team after leading prep squad to Bergen County championship…Tabbed New Jersey First-Team All-League and New Jersey First-Team All-County Group 3.
PERSONAL: Born Aiyana Tremayne Abukusumo-Whitney on April 6, 1993, in New York, N.Y.… Parents are Alvin Whitney and Vanessa Abukusumo-Whitney… Brother is Khalil Whitney (1994) and sister is Anissa Whitney (1989)…Uncle Ubusuku Abukusumo played soccer for the Columbus Crew from 1997 to 2000 after competing on the USA U-20 Youth National Team/Olympic Pool Team in 1998-99 and the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in 1996…Uncle Mochtar Abukusumo played soccer and earned All-American honors in 1992 and earned was part of California Jaguars A League National Champions in 1996…Hobbies include singing, writing and drama…Favorite food is lasagna…Favorite book is The Secret Garden…Favorite music type is R&B…Favorite musician is Beyonce…Favorite professional team is beach duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh…Favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant…Most admired person is her mom because “she supports me in everything I do and reminds me to believe that anything is possible.”…Happiest moment in life was “when I found out that I made my first USA development camp and that I would be going to Colorado Springs that summer!”
INTERESTING NOTE: “When I was younger, I would perform one-man stand-up improvisation routines using characters that I would create – voices, costumes, etc. – for my family and friends. Secretly, I dream of having my own show on Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel. But that is just between you and me! LOL.”