BUFFALO, NY – Incoming UB freshman Dani Reinert (Cincinnati, OH/Ursuline Academy) has been named the 2009 Andi Collins Award Winner, given to the nation's top high school senior setter. Reinert, who was named a second-team Under Armour All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, will join Buffalo for the upcoming 2010 season.
In 2008 and again last fall, Reinert was recognized as area Player of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Her Ursuline Academy Lions went undefeated in the brutal Girls Greater Cincinnati League and compiled a 57-1 record during that span, culminating in an Ohio Division I title in 2009. Reinert also was named as the GGCL Player of the Year and District 16 Player of the Year. She averaged 10.8 assists per game with 160 digs on the season, serving at a 90.4 percent mark. As a junior, Reinert was also named District 16 Player of the Year as she picked up first-team All-State and All-GGCL honors.
The award is named after Andi Collins who passed away in 2003 from breast cancer at the age of 16. Collins wanted to be the nation's best setter and the Andi Collins Award is presented in her honor and memory each year.
"This is a tremendous recognition for Dani," said UB head coach Todd Kress. "One that is both a great honor and well-deserved. To say that Dani is a hard worker and wants to be the best, is a gross understatement. She will represent this award, the Collins' family and most importantly Andi Collins to her absolute best."
Reinert was also one of 24 players across the nation to be named to the 2009-10 Under Armour High School All-America Second Team.
Reinert is one of four players who have signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bulls in the fall. Also coming in are Kelly Svoboda (Cleveland, OH/Trinity), Christine Fritsche (Parma, OH/Padua) and Carissa McKenna (West Bloomfield, MI/Walled Lake Northern).