2005 (JUNIOR): Earned second-team All-SEC accolades for the second year in a row ... Tabbed Honorable Mention AVCA All-South Region ... Named the South Carolina team MVP ... Trained with the USA Volleyball Women's National A2 Team for the second-straight summer ... Earned a place on the GlaxoKlineSmith All-Tournament Team at North Carolina ... Was South Carolina's leader in kills (414), kills per game (4.18) and hitting percentage (.281) ... Finished third in the Southeastern Conference in kills per game ... The 3.89 kills per game she tallied in SEC matches was eighth-best in the league ... Her 414 kills marked only the eighth time in school history a Gamecock notched at least 400 kills in one season ... The 4.18 kills per game was the second-best single-season mark in USC history ... Became the 10th Gamecock to reach the 1,000-kill plateau, doing so against Georgia (Oct. 30) ... Ended the season with 1,072 kills to her credit, leaving her 10th on USC's career list ... Another 273 kills would tie her for second on the list ... Cole's 2,640 career attacks at the end of her junior season moved her into eighth place on the Gamecocks' career top 10 list ... Her career kills per game average jumped to 3.63, just .03 away from tying Lori Rowe for the top figure in school history ... Played in all but one of USC's 100 games on the season and all 27 matches ... Reached double figures in the kill column in 24-of-27 matches ... Hit .300 or better in 15 matches ... Racked up 20 or more kills in six contests ... Had a stretch of three consecutive matches with 20-plus kills against Houston (Sept. 16), LSU (Sept. 23) and Arkansas (Sept. 25) ... Cole's 25 kills in the Houston match was the top mark of her career ... Posted two 10-dig matches on the season, which came back-to-back versus Houston and LSU ... It was her two double-doubles during the season as well ... Tallied 12 kills on 21 attacks with just one error against Coastal Carolina (Sept. 9) for a career-best .524 hitting percentage.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): Was a second-team All-SEC selection ... Shonda was chosen to train with the USA women's team in summer 2005 and traveled to Dominican Republic, China, Korea and Thailand ... Led the Gamecocks in kills with 379 and kills per game with 4.03 ... At the time, her kills per game was the fourth-best single-season mark in school history and made her only the fourth Gamecock to average at least four per game for an entire season ... Ranked fifth in the SEC in kills per game for all matches and sixth in kills per game for conference matches at 3.83 ... Recorded double-figure kills in 23-of-27 matches ... Played in all 27 matches and all but two of USC's 96 games on the year ... Hit at least .300 in six contests ... Recorded what was then a career-high 24 kills in the final match of the season versus North Carolina (Nov. 27) ... Had one other 20-kill match versus Connecticut (Sept. 4) with 22 ... Posted double-figure kills in eight consecutive matches beginning Oct. 17 against Auburn through USC's Nov. 12 match-up with Florida ... Also recorded double-digit kills in 13-of-16 SEC matches ... Registered four double-doubles during the season: Clemson (Sept. 7, 15 kills and 11 digs), Duke (Sept. 10, 11 kills and 11 digs), Notre Dame (Sept. 19, 17 kills and 14 digs) and North Carolina (Nov. 27, 24 kills and 14 digs) ... Flirted with a double-double against Michigan State (Sept. 18), ending the day with 19 kills and seven blocks.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Finished second on the team in kills with 279 ... Averaged 2.74 kills per game, also second-best on the team ... Was the co-leader in total blocks among the freshmen class with 48 ... Played in all 30 matches and 102-of-111 games ... Was one of two Gamecocks to record over 100 kills in SEC matches ... Reached double digits in the kill column 13 times ... Had a five-match stretch in November in which she tallied at least a dozen kills ... Hit at least .300 in seven matches ... Recorded her best hitting percentage of the season against Indiana (Sept. 13) with 18 kills and five errors on 34 attacks and versus Tennessee (Nov. 9) with 17 kills and four errors on 34 attempts ... Posted her highest kill total of the season against Kentucky (Oct. 8) with 19 ... Her best tally in digs was six, coming versus Indiana (Sept. 13) and Kentucky (Oct. 8) ... Chipped in a season-high five blocks at LSU (Sept. 26).
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, N.C. ... Was coached by Suzanne Grayson ... Two-time Gatorade Volleyball State Player of the Year ... Four-time all-conference selection ... 2002 conference player of the year ... Led team to 2002 AAA state championship title ... Team captain during senior year ... Also lettered in basketball where she became King Mountain's all-time leading scorer ... A member of Who's Who Among American High School Students Sports Edition ... North Carolina Academic Scholar recipient ... Academic Top Achiever award ... National Honor Society member ... A Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete award winner ... Was a member of Beta Club ... Named Kings Mountain H.S. Female Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: Is a middle level math and English education major ... Full name is Shonda Gail Cole ... Parents are Otis and Joanne Cole ... Has three sisters, Cherlyn, Kimberly and Brandi ... Nickname is "Tree."