2011 (JUNIOR): Started twice and played in six matches...Recorded both of her kills in the victory over Temple (8/27)...Also added two blocks against the Owls...Shoulder problems kept her out most of the season...Earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference Volleyball Community Service Team and on the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Started seven times and played in 26 matches...Posted four kills and seven blocks in her first start of the season against BYU (8/28)...In her first start in six weeks, totaled a career-best eight blocks, including a career-best two solo, against Georgia (10/15)...Posted five blocks and a career-best four digs in the win over Kentucky (10/22)...Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2009 (FRESHMAN): Worked her way into a starting role, playing in 16 matches while making 10 starts...Led or tied for the team lead seven times in blocks while also tying for the team lead in kills once...Made her first appearance against Harvard in the Mizuno Invitational II (9/12), getting a kill and a dig in the outing...Entered the lineup for good at Auburn (10/18), starting the third set...Made two blocks in that match...Drew her first career start against Mississippi (10/23) and made a career-high four blocks...Hit .727 (8-0-11) in her second career start, against Arkansas (10/25)...Tallied 10 kills on a .500 hitting percentage in the win over Auburn (11/6).
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner in volleyball for coaches Brian Welsch and Laura Keefer at Brookwood High School...Named All-Gwinnett County in 2008, on the first team of the Gwinett Daily Post and second team for the coaches...Named a scholar-athlete for Brookwood...Played club for one year with the A5 squad under Bob Westbrook...Named most improved on her team...Also earned four letters in track, finishing in the top 10 in three-consecutive years in the high jump...Won her regional title in 2008...A member of the National Spanish Honor Society...Finished in the top 10 percent of her class.
PERSONAL: Brandi Michelle Byers was born in Columbia, S.C. to mother Tami Byers...Has one sister, Brittany...Also considered going to Georgia before coming to South Carolina...Enjoys photography, singing and nature...Wants to become a mathematics teacher...A mathematics major.
BYERS'S CAREER HIGHS
Kills: 10, Auburn (11/6/09) Attacks: 16, Auburn (11/6/09) Hitting Percentage (Min. 12 Attacks): .500, Auburn (11/6/09) Assists: 3, Mississippi State (10/30/09) Service Aces: 1, 2x, last Georgia (11/7/10) Digs: 4, Kentucky (10/24/10) Block Solos: 2, Georgia (10/15/10) Block Assists: 6, 2x, last Georgia (10/15/10) Total Blocks: 8, Georgia (10/15/10)