SAND 2013 Aquino partnered with Phelix Fincher (1-0) during the inaugural UCLA sand volleyball season ... played several non-scoring matches, but her first official contest was a victory against Santa Clara #5 on April 20.
2012 Played in 29 matches, leading the team with 21 aces and placing second with a .343 hitting percentage and 0.98 blocks per set ... had 10 matches with at least five blocks ... also had 1.12 kills per set and 0.51 digs per set ... had 10 kills, her fourth-career double-figure kills match, and only one error in 16 attempts for a .562 hitting percentage in the NCAA Second Round match against Michigan State on Dec. 1, adding four blocks and an ace ... tied a season high with eight blocks in the NCAA First Round contest versus LIU Brooklyn (Nov. 30) ... had six kills and only one error in eight swings (.625) against USC on Nov. 23 ... posted five blocks, four digs and an ace at Oregon on Nov. 20 ... had five kills against Stanford (Nov. 16) and three kills and three blocks versus California (Nov. 15) ... had two aces, three kills, four digs and three blocks at Utah on Nov. 10 and five kills and no errors in eight attempts (.625) at Colorado on Nov. 9 ... recorded six blocks to go with five digs and an ace at Arizona State on Nov. 3 ... had five kills and five digs on Oct. 28 against Washington ... added a season-high eight blocks to go with three kills and an ace versus Washington State (Oct. 26) ... had four kills and no hitting errors in eight swings (.500) with a career-high four aces on Oct. 14 at California ... went 5-for-10 (.500) with no errors, five blocks, five digs and an ace at Stanford (Oct. 12) ... had four kills and no hitting errors in five attempts (.800) against Arizona on Oct. 7 ... notched five kills and no errors in seven swings (.714) with six blocks on Oct. 5 versus Arizona State ... posted seven kills and no errors in 16 attempts (.438) with five blocks and two aces on Sept. 26 at Washington ... had eight kills to go with an ace at USC on Sept. 19 ... had six blocks and an ace at Hawai’i on Sept. 9 ... recorded two aces against San Diego State (Sept. 8) ... notched six blocks, two aces and four kills and no errors in 10 attempts (.400) on Sept. 1 at UC Santa Barbara ... added four kills and no errors in seven attempts (.571) with three digs and two blocks against Northeastern (Aug. 31) ... posted three kills and five blocks at Nebraska (Aug. 25) and an ace and four blocks versus Notre Dame on Aug. 24.
2011 Appeared in 34 matches and 101 sets with 30 starts ... led the team with 1.12 blocks per set and held a .326 hitting percentage and 1.67 kills per set ... was ninth among Pac-12 players in hitting percentage and bps ... had four kills, four blocks and four digs in the National Championship match against Illinois on Dec. 17 and six kills and four blocks in the National Semifinal contest versus Florida State on Dec. 15 ... posted five kills in both matches during the Regional round, adding four blocks in the Final against Texas (Dec. 10) and three roofs in the Semifinal versus Penn State (Dec. 9) ... had a personal-best 11 blocks on Dec. 3 against San Diego, her third-career match with at least 10 roofs ... added nine kills and only error in 14 attempts for a .571 hitting percentage ... posted three kills and four blocks on Dec. 2 versus Maryland Eastern Shore ... had two kills, two aces and four blocks on Nov. 20 versus Arizona State ... set a career high with 11 kills to go with three blocks on Nov. 11 at Oregon ... had three double-figure kills matches on the year ... posted nine kills and only one error in 14 attempts (.571) with three blocks on Nov. 4 against Washington ... added five kills and no errors in 10 swings (.500) with three blocks on Nov. 6 versus Washington State ... notched 10 kills on Oct. 29 at Stanford, hitting a personal-best .444 with two errors in 18 attempts ... added seven kills and no errors in 20 swings (.350) on Oct. 28 at California ... had seven kills and only one error in 12 attacks (.500) on Oct. 21 against Colorado ... posted eight kills and six blocks against Oregon on Oct. 15 ... had five kills and no errors in eight attempts (.625) with an ace versus Oregon State on Oct. 14 ... notched six kills, four blocks and two aces on Oct. 8 at Arizona and four kills and four blocks on Oct. 7 at Arizona State ... produced seven kills and no errors in seven attempts for a perfect night at Utah on Sept. 30 ... had 10 kills and a career-high six digs on Sept. 24 against California ... recorded six blocks at Washington State on Sept. 16 ... had five kills and seven blocks at Pepperdine on Sept. 7 ... tallied eight kills and 10 blocks at Hawai’i on Sept. 4, hitting .389 with only one error in 18 swings ... posted eight kills and no errors in 20 attempts (.400) with five blocks and two aces against Ohio State on Sept. 2 ... had four kills, six blocks and an ace against Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 27.
2010 Was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference Freshman honorable mention team after finishing second on the club with 0.85 blocks per set and a .302 hitting percentage ... added 1.16 kills per set and 1.67 points per set ... produced nine matches with at least four blocks ... had a season-high 10 roofs on three solos and seven assists, to go with six kills and 12.5 points, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against American on Dec. 3 ... posted seven kills and four blocks in the second round at Texas the following evening ... had five kills and one error in seven attempts for a .571 hitting percentage to go with seven blocks at Oregon State on Nov. 21 ... notched at least five kills and a .500+ hitting percentage on four occasions ... had a season-best eight kills with no errors in 12 swings for a .667 percentage against Washington (Oct. 29) ... tallied seven kills and no errors in 14 attacks (.500) with five roofs against Oregon State on Oct. 22 ... had five or more kills in 10 matches ... produced five kills and four blocks at San Jose State (Sept. 2) and five kills and six blocks against UC Riverside (Sept. 4) ... added seven kills at California on Nov. 6 and five twice against Washington State (Oct. 1 and 31) ... had a season-best four digs with four blocks against Arizona State on Nov. 12 ... added four roofs versus Penn (Sept. 17) and USC (Sept. 24) ... posted aces at Stanford (Nov. 5), California (Nov. 6) and Arizona (Nov. 13).
PITAGORAS CIDADE JARDIM/CLUB VOLLEYBALL Aquino attended Pitagoras Cidade Jardim in Belo Horizonte, Brazil ... was selected to the 2006 and 2008 National Brazilian Junior Team ... finished second at the 2008 Brazilian National League School Championship ... placed fifth at the ‘07 and ‘08 Brazilian National Junior Team Championships and third in 2006 ... was third at the ‘07 National Youth Championship ... played club with Minas Tenis (2008-09), Positivo (2007), Circulo Militar/Dom Bosco (2006) and Parana (2004-05) ... helped Minas to first place at the ‘08 Local Junior Team Championship ... won Best Blocker Award at the 2006 Minas Tenis Club Championship ... finished first at the ‘05 Minas Tenis Championship, as well as the ‘04 and ‘05 Parana Cup.
PERSONAL Born Mariana Thomaz de Aquino on May 2, 1991 in Curitiba, Brazil ... parents are Ana Maria and Paulo ... has a younger brother, Henrique ... chose UCLA so she can study and play volleyball and because Los Angeles is a great city ... biggest athletic thrill was playing for the Brazilian National Team ... favorites include the TV show “American Idol”, actor Matthew McConaughey and singers Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Shania Twain and Demi Lovato ... thing she likes the most about volleyball is blocking and the No. 1 reason she chose to play volleyball was because it’s a very competitive and intelligent sport ... enjoys singing, playing guitar, shopping, listening to music and going to the beach ... majoring in business.