SENIOR (2012): Played in the most single-season sets (106) during her four-year Citadel career … capped her career off with 498 digs, placing her 14th all-time, and accrued 20 double-digit dig performances along the way … ended the 2012 season ranked in the top five in service aces (tied-second-15) and digs (third-263) … opened the season with a match-high nine digs against Northern Arizona at the UNLV Tournament … tallied her first double-digit dig outing of the season against Murray State at the Radford Tournament, where she finished with 15 … established a career-high in digs (20) during a five-set match with Radford … had the best six-match stretch of her career in September, where she rattled off 81 digs during an 14-day stretch … among those outstanding performances included a 19-dig outing against Stetson and a 14-dig match with Wofford … eclipsed double-digit digs (13) in a five-set affair with Chattanooga … wrapped up the final five matches of her career by recording at least three digs in ever contest.
JUNIOR (2011): One of three players to appear in 100 sets for the Bulldogs in 2011 … produced single-season career highs in digs (179), service aces (25) and assists (13) … finished with five double-digit dig matches on the season, establishing a new career-high (14) against Alabama State and Charleston Southern … recorded a career-high four service aces in The Citadel’s five-set victory over Alabama State.
SOPHOMORE (2010): Appeared in 20 sets for The Citadel during the course of the season … contributed 37 digs, including 11 against N.C. Central … registered six service aces on the season and in the process established a career-high (three) in a match against Mercer.
FRESHMAN (2009): Contributed at least one dig in six Southern Conference matches played, including seven against Wofford … established a career-best on the back row with 13 digs against rival Charleston Southern … one of seven Citadel players to average more than one dig per set (1.36).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Cary-Grove High School in 2009 ... lettered in volleyball three years ... recorded the most aces in 2007 ... high school team was crowned 2006 and 2008 conference champions after recording an undefeated season in 2006 ... high school team was named 2007 regional champions ... earned the Fox Valley Conference Athletic All-Academic award ... was named to the high honor roll all semesters.
PERSONAL: Emily Joy Dalton ... born on March 29, 1991 in Honolulu, Hawai’i ... grew up in Cary, Ill. ... daughter of Patrick and Susan Dalton ... her cousin Jens Damgaard played football at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., from 1975-79 ... chose The Citadel over Truman State, Wheaton, East Stroudsburg, Washington & Lee, Birmingham Southern, Marietta and Ohio Dominican ... majoring in health, exercise and sport science.