Deaton on Brightwell: "She is the emotional leader of this team. When the ball goes to her, I'm comfortable it's going back up to the setter. "
2004...named to the District IV Academic All-American Third Team...member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll...named to the A-10 All-Championship Team...started all 31 matches at libero...led the Musketeers in digs for the third straight year with 404...her 404 digs in a season ranked her seventh all-time in Xavier history...currently stands in seventh place for digs in a career with 1,184...averaged 3.67 digs per game to rank fifth in the conference...recorded her 1,000th dig after recording 18 total in Xavier's 3-2 win at Temple on Oct. 9...had a season-high 24 digs in the championship match of the A-10 Tournament against Dayton on Nov. 20...had 20 matches with 10 or more digs and 10 matches with 15 or more...recorded a career-high two aces in the semifinal match of the A-10 Tournament against Temple on Nov. 19...tallied an ace in 11 matches and five straight matches from Nov. 12 to Nov. 26
2003...member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll...ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in digs (415) and third in digs per game (3.64)...led the team in digs for the second year in a row...tied a career-high 29 digs against Central Michigan on Sept. 6...her 415 digs placed her sixth all time in XU history for digs in a season...broke her previous season best by 50...appeared in all 31 matches as Xavier's libero...recorded double-digit digs in 22 matches...14 of those matches included games of 15 or more digs...started the season with six straight games of 10 or more digs...followed that streak with another of seven straight games with 10 or more digs
2002...named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team...appeared in all 32 matches as the team's libero during her first collegiate season...ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 with 3.26 digs per game...also led the team in the same category...her 365 digs were the second most in a single season ever by a freshman and the 10th most in school history...helped XU to hold its opponents to a .189 team hitting percentage...had 17 matches of at least 10 digs including a career-best 29 at Morehead State...Xavier was 11-8 in matches which Brightwell had at least 10 digs...had her first collegiate dig at Jacksonville on Aug. 30
High School...played for nationally ranked Assumption HS...had a combined 79-2 record during junior and senior seasons...won state and national championships both years...also an AAU First Team All-American.
Personal...a marketing major...daughter of Joe and LuAnn Brightwell...Born February 9, 1984 in Louisville, Kentucky