DURHAM, N.H.-- University of New Hampshire head volleyball coach Jill Hirschinger has announced that Lan "Amy" Dai (Calgary, Alberta) and Anne Davis (Groveland, Ill.) have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2002.
Dai, a 6-3 outside hitter, will major in chemical engineering at UNH. Dai, who attended Sir Winston Churchill High School, claimed the Calgary City Championship in 2002 and was a member of the 2000 Midget Canadian National Championship team. She trained from 1995 to 1997 in the Beijing ShiChaHai Sports School in Beijing, China and from 1991 to 1995 she trained at the Beijing GongRen Sports School. Dai attended the Chinese sports school system when she was seven years old and continued in the program until she was 13 when her family moved to Canada. Some of her teammates in that program are members of the Chinese Olympic team, who are some of the best players in the world. In Canada, her volleyball skills made an immediate impact. Her Dino's Pride volleyball program won the National Championships in the midget division (16 year old and under). She is presently playing for the Canuck Kizmet and was selected to compete on "Team Alberta", the provincial All-Star team. Amy was also honored and invited to try out this summer for the Canadian Junior National team. The Canadian Junior National team is the youth training team for the top 35 high school players in Canada.
"We are very excited that Amy will be attending the University of New Hampshire," Hirschinger said. "Amy brings a wealth of experience to our program. Amy has the size, skills and training to be an immediate impact in the America East Conference and against our opponents in one of the toughest schedules in school history."
Davis, a 5-8 setter, comes from Illinois Central Community College. Davis will be a junior at UNH and will major in sports studies. Davis was named to the All-Region First-Team and to the All-Region Tournament First-Team while at ICCC each of the last two seasons. Davis attended Notre Dame High School in Peoria, Ill. and was named to the Mid State 6 All Conference Team four times and the Peoria Journal Star all-area team three times. Davis was also named Peoria Journal Star Volleyball Player of the Year.
"Anne will bring valuable experience to our setting position," Hirschinger said. "She has shown great leadership and competitiveness guiding her team to the National Junior College tournament. Illinois Central Community College has always been one of the most respected junior college programs in the country. What impressed me about Anne was her ability to run a very quick offense and make her teammates play better on the court."
The University of New Hampshire volleyball team will open its season on Friday, August 30 at the Utah Tournament. The Wildcats will play host Utah on opening night at 7 p.m.