GW Volleyball Announces 2015 Recruiting Class
Six Student-Athletes Join Colonials in Quest for Atlantic 10 Championship
"I look forward to welcoming these six student-athletes to GW in August," said Coach Ault. "We feel this group is extremely well rounded and will bring depth to each position in our lineup. This is our largest incoming class to date and we are confident that their experience, competitive edge and total commitment to the team moving forward will only strengthen our returning players."
The incoming class is made up of four freshmen and a pair of incoming transfers. Sophomore Kristel Moor will be joining the program after spending two years with Auburn University while junior Maddie Brown joins the Colonials after two seasons at NC State.
Moor, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, redshirted in her first season at Auburn before appearing in 14 matches with four starts in 2014. She totaled 52 kills on the season with her best match coming against South Carolina (14k-4e-25a) on October 5. The Viljandi, Estonia, native had a decorated scholastic career playing for her club team, Viljandi Metall in Estonia, helping the squad to three consecutive championships. She was a member of the Estonian National Team in 2012 and 2013, as well as a four-year member of the Estonian Junior National Team (2008-12).
Brown is a 5'7 defensive specialist and a native of Cary, North Carolina. She appeared in 55 matches across two seasons for NC State. She totaled 329 digs in two seasons (1.82 digs/set) along with 49 assists and 39 service aces. Last season she ranked third on the team with 146 digs, with double-digit digs in four matches. Her 20 service aces also ranked as third most on the team.
The freshmen quartet of Hanna Justesen (Elmwood, Nebraska/Elmwood-Murdock), Gillian Kane (Murrysville, Pennsylvania/Franklin Regional), Alexis Lete (New Albany, Indiana/New Albany) and Kelsey Clark (Chicago, Illinois/Mother McAuley) round out the incoming class.
Justesen is the Elmwood-Murdock and Nebraska state record holder with 1,738 career kills following an exceptional scholastic career. She was a four-time First Team All-Conference selection and was named to the All-State First Team for three seasons in addition to two Super State selections.
Kane is a defensive specialist with national team experience after competing with USA Volleyball in both 2013 (Girls Youth National A3 Training Program) and 2014 (Women's Junior National A2 Invitational Program). She will also compete this summer as a member of the Women's A1 National Team at the USA High Performance Championships. She earned Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League honors after totaling 600 digs, 159 kills and 29 aces as a junior. She is also the recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Phenom Player Award.
Lete, a two-sport varsity athlete that competed in volleyball and swimming, was a News and Tribune All-Area First Team selection and the recipient of the Outstanding Blocker Award as a senior. The 6-foot-2 middle blocker was also a two-time Hoosier Hills All-Conference selection and a ICGSA Academic All-State Honorable Mention pick.
Clark was an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American after totaling 213 kills, 76 blocks and 30 solo blocks while swinging .409 as a senior at Mother McAuley High School. She helped her team to the 2013 Illinois State Championship as a junior after hitting .408 with 223 kills, 44 blocks, 17 solo blocks and 49 digs. She also helped her team to the state's final four as both a freshman and sophomore.
"I know our group now will bring these student-athletes into the fold quickly and the expectations for the 2015 season will be set with high standards from all players," said Coach Ault. "Our team chemistry has been something I've been proud to watch build and our staff believes this is an important piece within the recruiting process. These new players will mesh well with our GW Volleyball culture."
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