GW Volleyball Announces Two NLI Early Signees
Colonials Add Outside Hitter & Middle Blocker During Early Signing Period
Dec. 11, 2012
WASHINGTON - George Washington volleyball head coach Amanda Ault has announced that two players have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and will join the Colonials for the 2013 season.
Loren Williams of Lewisville, Texas, and Chidima (Chi Chi) Osuchukwu of Virginia Beach, Va., represent the first pieces of Ault's second recruiting class.
"We are extremely excited to have Loren and Chi Chi join us next fall," said Coach Ault. "This class brings a whole new level of physicality to our team. Their athleticism will help them impact this program right away, and they both come from highly successful high school programs where winning is a tradition. Their work ethic and passion for the sport will be felt immediately when they join us in 2013."
Williams, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter, helped Hebron High School to a 137-44 overall record over the past four seasons, including a Texas 5A State championship as a sophomore and a District 8-5A championship as a junior.
As a senior, Williams posted 228 kills and 40 blocks as Hebron reached the regional quarterfinal. She also competes for the Texas Advantage Volleyball Club.
"Loren has a high top end and I think she was a player that flew under the radar a bit because she played on a younger-level club team," said Coach Ault. "She is someone that will continue to develop throughout her collegiate career. She is very driven - you can see that when she steps on the floor. Loren has the potential to be a very solid all-around player for us."
Osuchukwu is a six-foot middle blocker from Virginia Beach, Va., and is a 2012 All-Beach District First Team selection at Floyd E. Kellam High School. A two-year varsity starter, Osuchukwu helped guide her team to three consecutive Virginia High School state championships, including a 25-kill performance on Nov. 18 to clinch the three-peat for Kellam.
Osuchukwu has also competed for Beach Elite Virginia Volleyball Academy for the past two years.
"Chi Chi is a competitor," said Coach Ault. "She has a big, physical presence as a player and that's exactly what you want in the middle of the floor. In addition to that, she is a great teammate. The way she interacts, whether it is within the group or just one-on-one, she lets you know she's truly a team player. She wants to make an impact early and build something special along the way."
The Colonials concluded the 2012 season with a 10-18 overall record and 7-7 mark in Atlantic 10 matches. GW challenged itself with a tough schedule that featured five matches against ranked opponents and five 2012 NCAA Championship participants in Ault's second season at the helm of the program.