Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
KELLY AT A GLANCE: Posted a career year as a junior ... Expected to continue improvement to have an All-American year ... Has developed into one of the more dominating middles in the country ... Expected to be relied on heavily this year ... Very mature and fit ... Great size at the net ... Very strong and powerful block and swing ... Greatly improved footwork and agility.
JUNIOR (2004): Played in 112 games and started 30 of 35 matches in the middle ... Registered a career-high .411 attack percentage which led the Sunshine State Conference and ranked ninth among the nation’s Division II institutions ... Collected a career-best 378 kills, 103 total blocks and 437.5 total points ... Averaged 3.38 kills per game and 0.92 blocks per game ... Posted a career-high .727 attack percentage against Florida Tech on Oct. 10 ... Collected a career-high nine total blocks against Cal State-LA on Aug. 27 ... Earned Second-Team All-SSC honors ... An AVCA and Daktronics All-South Region selection ... Selected to the NCAA South Region All-Tournament team ... Helped lead Barry to a school record 34-1 overall record and 33 consecutive matches won ... Helped lead the Bucs to an undefeated 16-0 mark in the SSC for their sixth conference title ... Assisted in leading Barry to their third NCAA Division II national title in 10 years.
SOHPOMORE (2003): Played in 75 games ... Registered a .338 attack percentage which also ranked fourth on the team ... Averaged 2.56 kills and 0.81 blocks per game ... Received All-Sunshine State Conference Honorable Mention honors ... Selected as SSC Player of the Week once ... Posted a season-high 16 kills against UC San Diego on Sept. 6 ... Posted a career-high seven blocks against Eckerd on Nov. 15.
FRESHMAN (2002): Played in 24 matches starting 14 ... Registered 226 kills averaging 2.66 per game ... Was fourth on the team averaging 0.74 blocks per game ... Posted a career-high 22 kills against nationally-ranked Minnesota-Duluth on Sept. 6 ... Posted 12 matches with double-digit kills... Was only Buccaneer named to the Sunshine State Conference All-Freshman team.
HIGH SCHOOL & CLUB: Played at Escola Pinhgiro under coach Laila Curi.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Eliseu and Vera Melnic Dantas ... Graduated with a degree in exercise science in May ... Currently working toward master’s in exercise science ... Most influential people in her life have been her parents because of their support and confidence.