DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball team has signed five student-athletes for the upcoming 2000 season.
"It is very exciting for the future of the University of New Hampshire volleyball program to have such outstanding student-athletes sign a national letter of intent to play volleyball here in Durham," said UNH head coach Jill Hirschinger.
"All five recruits will make an impact in the classroom as well as on the volleyball court," Hirschinger added. "They are the tallest and most athletic class to date. This class will be very instrumental in getting our program back to the NCAA tournament."
Here's a look a UNH's five recruits for the upcoming 2000 season:
Alyson Coler (Monte Sereno, Calif.) is a 5-foot -10 outside hitter. Coler was captain of her Los Gatos High school team and is an impact player on one of the top club teams in the country (City Beach). While at Los Gatos High School, Coler earned Santa Clara Valley first team all-league honors in 1998-99, Mercury News Outstanding Senior and Junior Female Athlete and was named 1999 first-team All-San Jose Mercury News volleyball team. Coler plans to major in biology while at UNH.
"Alyson keeps getting better every time she sets foot on the court. She is a quick and athletic player which will allow her to easily adapt to the swing offense that we run here at UNH. We are really excited to have someone of Aly's character on our team," said Coach Hirschinger.
Chelsea Hammer (Eden Prairie, Minn.) is a 6-2 middle hitter from Eden Prairie High School. Hammer plays on Northern Lights 18-1 club team. Hammer is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the All-Metro second team. Hammer also earned All-State Academic honors and she is an undeclared major at this time.
"Chelsea's biggest impact on the team will be in the area of blocking. Her height and vertical jump will make her a dominant force at the net for UNH next season," said Hirschinger.
Rhiannon Henry (Vista, Calif.) is a 6-2 middle hitter from Ranch Buena Vista High School. Henry was also a two-time captain and four year varsity member of the track team and qualified for the state championships in the shot put and discus. Henry did not play volleyball her senior season due to minor knee surgery. Henry plans to major in pedagogy here at UNH.
"Rhiannon is a strong hitter at the middle attack position, she attacks the ball well above the net and will be an offensive force for our program, " said Hirschinger.
Erin Ludwig (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) is a 6-0 setter from Ramapo High School. Ludwig is a member of the National Honor Society and is an undeclared major coming to UNH. Ludwig earned first-team All-State honors as well as first -team All-Bergen County. She was named to the Preseason High School All-American team by the highly regarded Block and Kills Magazine. Ludwig is also active in her community serving as a Church youth group leader.
"She has all the necessary tools to have a successful career at UNH. Erin is a excellent athlete who has shown her versatility switching from the middle hitter position to the setter position for her club season. We look for her to have a major impact at the collegiate level," said Hirschinger.
Lyndsey Stults (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is a 6-2 middle hitter from Northrop High School. Stults was named first-team All-Conference and All-Area. She was also named to the Indiana All-Star team. Stults is a member of the National Honor Society, student council and she also earned honorable mention Academic All-State.
"Lyndsey will be a strong addition to our volleyball program. Her experience and success in the high school and club levels will add depth to our middle hitter position. Lyndsey's best attribute is her blocking and she will contribute immediately in this area. I am really excited to have someone of Lyndsey's character as a student-athlete in our program," said Hirschinger.
UNH finished the 1999 season with a 24-12 record and a 12-2 record in America East play. The Wildcat's 24 wins last season was tied for second most in school history.
Note: All five students-athletes have already been admitted to the University of New Hampshire.