Played four years of varsity volleyball at Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn., for Coach Becky Pendleton ... Was a member of the all-district and all-district tournament teams as a junior and senior while helping Houston High to a top 10 ranking in the state of Tennessee's AAA division ... Won recognition as a member of the all-regional tournament team and was named the regional MVP in 2011 ... Honored as one of the Best of The Preps for volleyball by the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper ... Averaged 2.6 kills and 2.4 digs per game as a senior and compiled a .406 kill percentage ... Team had two first-place and two second-place finishes in the AAA District 15 (league) during her prep career and was second in the region all four seasons ... Set school record with 12 kills in a game and also once recorded 10 service aces in a game.
Was a member of the Memphis Juniors club National team in 2011 and previously played for team with the Memphis Metro and Delta Force clubs that qualified for the USA Volleyball nationals.
Ellen Marie Novotny was born Nov. 20, 1993, in Minneapolis, Minn. ... Daughter of Ken and Brenda Novotny ... Father played football at St. Cloud State ... Favorite athlete is New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow ... Majoring in international business at San Diego State ... Interested in a career in business or as a volleyball coach.