|Hometown:||New Orleans, La.|
|High School:||Academy of the Sacred Heart|
2007 - Freshman Season: Played in 13 matches, including two as a starter...posted 12 blocks on the year...recorded a career-best four total blocks against Indiana State on Sept. 8...totaled four kills.
2006 - Redshirt Season: Redshirted.
High School: Played her senior season at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, La., after Hurricane Katrina forced her from New Orleans...district MVP...all-district first team and second-team All-Acadiana...had 231 kills and 71 blocks as a senior...played two years at Cabrini High School in New Orleans...played club for the New Orleans Hurricanes, Southern Spikers and Cajunland Volleyball Club, where the team placed fifth at the AAU Nationals and in the Top 25 at the Junior Olympics...honor roll student...also competed in track and field, qualifying for the 4x100 relay at the state championships.
Personal: Melody Michelle Austin...born August 8, 1988...daughter of Errol and Lenora Austin, both of whom work with the United Way in Opelousas, La., aiding in disaster relief in the area...has an older sister, Erin, and an older brother, Quincy...journalism and media arts major.