|Hometown:||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
Named to the Summit League first-team... Earned all-tournament honors at the UTEP Sun Bowl Invitational and the ORU Classic... Posted 2.72 points and 2.56 kills per set at the UTEP Invite, recording nine kills and hitting .667 in the 3-0 sweep against NJIT on Aug. 29 and then posting eight kills and hitting .500 in the sweep at UTEP on Aug. 30... Added 13 kills, a season-high six block assists and hit .478 in the 3-2 win against Tulsa in the ORU Classic on Sept. 4... Hit .355 in 12 sets to go along with 2.58 kills per set, 13 block assists and six service aces to earn the all-tournament honor in the ORU Classic... Tallied 12 kills at South Dakota State (3-1 win) and North Dakota State (1-3 loss) on Sept. 19-20... Chipped in 11 kills and hit .526 in the 3-0 sweep against IPFW on Sept. 27... Posted a match-high 15 kills in the 3-0 victory at IUPUI on Oct. 3... Registered 12 kills and hit .524 in the 3-0 win at UMKC on Oct. 10 and then hit .625 and recorded 10 kills in the sweep at Centenary on Oct. 12... Tallied a season-high two block solos in the 3-1 victory versus Western Illinois on Oct. 26... Was named co-offensive Summit League Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 11 after leading ORU to three straight-set victories, hitting .540 and averaging 3.67 kills per set... Posted 12 kills and hit .588 against in the sweep against Texas-Pan American on Nov. 5... Registered nine kills and four block assists in the sweep versus IUPUI on Nov. 8 and then hit a season-high .800 to go along with 12 kills in the sweep against Centenary on Nov. 9... Recorded a season-high nine digs in the 2-3 loss against NDSU on Nov. 15... Finished first on the team with a .344 hitting percentage, which ranked second in the Summit League... Ranked seventh in the league with 2.75 kills per set, which was second on the team... Led the squad with 81 totals blocks and 74 block assists... Finished tied for first on the team with 23 service aces... Ended her career at ORU ranking fourth all-time in hitting percentage (.297), sixth in block assists (259), sixth in blocks per set (0.87) and eighth in total blocks (309).
Earned second-team All-Summit League honors... Led the Golden Eagles in the 3-2 win over Rice in the Mizuno Invitational I with a season-high 18 kills and 10 blocks on Aug. 25... Led ORU in blocks throughout the PowerAde/Asics Classic as she tallied three against San Francisco (8/31), six against Eastern Washington (9/1) and four against Colgate (9/1)... Registered six blocks (three solo, three assists) and 16 kills in the Golden Eagles 3-0 win against Arkansas Little Rock on Sept. 12... Recorded a four-match streak of double-digit kills, tallying 14 in the 3-0 loss at Missouri State on Sept. 25, 11 in the 3-0 win against IPFW on Sept. 28, 10 in the 3-0 win over IUPUI on Sept. 29 and 14 in the 3-2 loss at Western Illinois on Oct. 5... Combined for 26 kills and seven blocks in the wins over South Dakota State (10/12, 3-1) and North Dakota State (10/13, 3-2)... Snagged first double-double of the season against Western Illinois with 10 kills and 10 digs in the 3-2 loss on Oct. 27... Was unstoppable in the 3-2 loss against Tulsa on Oct. 31, laying down 15 kills off 26 attempts for a .423 hitting percentage... Set a new career-high in assists in the 3-1 win against IPFW on Nov. 3 with five.
Competed in 12 matches for the Golden Eagles... Injured shoulder in 10th match of the season and was out for all but the two final matches... Laid down a kill that won game two , 30-27, against Tulsa on Aug. 30... Recorded nine kills and five blocks against Florida International on Sept. 1... Had a nice game against in-state rival Oklahoma on Sept. 6, adding six kills, two blocks and a pair of service aces in the 3-0 loss to the Sooners... Ranked No. 3 on the ORU season-best list with 0.77 blocks per game.
Earned a spot on the Mid-Continent’s all-freshmen team with teammate Jackie Oliveira... Academic all-conference selection... Saw action in 28 matches as a freshman... Played in 91 games and averaged 2.14 kills and 0.98 blocks per game... Ranked in the league’s Top 10 for hitting percentage (6th) and blocks (7th)... Led ORU in blocks per game... Hit over .400 in seven matches ... Recorded a season-high seven blocks against Chicago State (11/4)... Also hit .571 (9-1-14) in a sweep of the Cougars ... Totaled six blocks on two occasions, including a 3-1 win at UMKC (10/28)... Registered a season-high 12 kills against the Kangaroos as well, while hitting .435 (12-2-23)... Had 10 kills to go along with a .571 attack percentage (10-2-14) in conference opening victory over Centenary (9/23) ... Didn’t record an attack error while hitting a season best .692 (9-0-13) in ORU’s 3-0 victory over Delaware State (9/17).
Attended Profa. Maria Elena Colonia in Mava, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Full name is Joanita Rodrigues Souza ... Daughter of Joracy and Joana Souza ... Chose ORU because of its great academics and the opportunity to become a Christian ambassador through the sport of volleyball... Recreation administration major ... Born on December 9, 1983.