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Alana Walker

Graduate Student
Chicago, Ill.
Whitney Young HS
High School
Previous School
Alana Walker - Women's Volleyball - Virginia Cavaliers


  • Named recipient of the first-ever VaSID Defensive-Player-of-the-Year award
  • VaSID First Team All-State selection
  • Started in all 28 matches and was the only player on the team to play in all possible 100 sets
  • Concluded her career with 134 matches played, 478 sets played, 923 kills, and 484 total blocks, including 84 block solos
  • Led the team in hitting percentage (.241) and was fourth on the team in kills (182) and kills per set (1.82)
  • Finished the regular season second in the nation and led the ACC in blocks per set (1.51)
  • Her 1.51 blocks-per-set season average was good for second all-time in program history
  • Finished the regular season fourth in the nation and led the ACC in total blocks (151)
  • Her 151 totals blocks tied for seventh all-time in program history in a single season
  • Posted 127 block assists, which tied for sixth all-time in program history in a single season
  • Collected her 900th career kill at Wake Forest (Nov. 12)
  • Tied her career high of 11 blocks against Clemson (Oct. 10) and in UVA’s four-set win at North Carolina (Sept. 26)
  • Both of her 11-block performances tied for ninth all-time in program history
  • Only player in the ACC to register five double-digit block performances on the season
  • Recorded two double-doubles on the season
  • Tallied her 400th career block at NC State (Sept. 24)
  • All-tournament selection in UVA’s first home tournament (Sept. 3-4)
  • The first signee under head coach Shannon Wells

At Northwestern

2020 (Note: The Big Ten played entirety of its 2020 season in spring of 2021)

  • Started in all 10 matches of the season appeared in 39 out of 40 possible sets
  • Led the team in total blocks (36.0) and blocks per set (0.92)
  • Finished third on the team in points (84.0) and points per set (2.15)
  • Recorded a .529 hitting percentage, 11 kills on 17 attempts and six blocks against Rutgers (Jan. 22)
  • Notched a season-best seven blocks at Maryland (April 3, 2021) and against Iowa (Feb. 26, 2021)


  • Started in all 32 matches and appeared in all 118 possible sets
  • Led the team in blocks (101) and was third in kills (237)
  • Posted 13 kills and season-high eight blocks in win over Miami (OH) (Aug. 31)
  • Totaled 29 kills and 13 blocks in three matches of the Chicago Cup, earning All-Tournament Team honors (Sept. 20-21)
  • Recorded double-digit kills in back-to-back matches against Minnesota (Oct. 18) and Wisconsin (Oct. 19)
  • Posted double-digit kills for the third match in a row with 14 in five-set game against Maryland (Oct. 23) and continued her streak with 14 against Rutgers (Oct. 27)
  • Notched a career-high 17 kills in win over Maryland (Nov. 24)


  • Appeared in all 32 matches, playing in 113 total sets
  • Led the team with 125 blocks and finished ninth in the Big Ten in blocks per set (1.11)
  • Finished third on the team in kills with 229
  • Panther Invitational (Aug. 24-25) All-Tournament selection
  • Chicago Cup Tournament MVP
  • Hit a season-high .900 (9-0-10) against Colgate (Aug. 31)
  • Tallied a season-high 15 kills, while contributing three blocks, in a win against Iowa (Oct. 24)
  • Earned career-high 11 blocks against Indiana (Nov. 23)


  • Appeared in all 32 matches, playing in 108 total sets
  • Finished the season with the highest hitting percentage by a first-year player in program history
  • Her .297 hitting percentage was seventh among Big Ten first-years
  • Her 0.58 blocks per set were the 11th-most among conference fist-years
  • Played in every set during the Wildcats’ weekend tournament at Duke, where she posted a season-high 11 kills and a .588 hitting percentage in the Wildcats’ sweep over UNCW (Sept. 2)
  • Named to the All-Tournament Team for the DePaul Invitational after leading the Wildcats to 3-0 tournament record
  • Set a season-high six blocks in NU’s five-set win over Michigan (Nov. 10) and tallied 10 kills

High School

  • Senior Ace
  • JVA Watch List
  • 2016 Illinois All-Star Team Captain
  • Beverly Review MVP
  • Named captain of Illinois High School All-Star Team
  • Played for 1st Alliance Club team for three years


  • Born Alana M. Walker
  • Daughter of Donna Grant and former NBA All-Star and Chicago native Antoine Walker
  • Father won a NCAA Championship at Kentucky and an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat
  • Graduated from Northwestern in 2021