COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Steve Aird bolstered his middle blocker corps as the Maryland volleyball team welcomes Rainelle Jones to the 2018 roster.
Jones was selected as PrepVolleyball’s No. 32 Senior Ace as one of the top players in the nation. A 6-foot-3 middle from Oxen Hill, Md., she was also selected to PrepVolleyball’s Top 50 Juniors and Sophomore 79.
“Our program is thrilled to welcome Rainelle,” Aird said. “One of our goals when we arrived was to attract and sign the best prospects in the DMV. Rainelle is physical, has a great engine and her upside is really exciting. More importantly, she comes from a wonderful family and is a great teammate. She has been developing at an elite club program along with training in the USA Volleyball pipeline. Rainelle is another important piece of our program's build and we are excited to get her on campus."
In 2016 and 2017, Jones was one of 22 players selected to the USA High Performance Youth A1 Team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She also earned an invite to the Team USA National Holiday Prospect Camp in Colorado Springs last year.
Jones plays club for Metro Volleyball, and has helped her travel squad qualify for nationals in the last two years. She won the Best Blocker award at the Capital Hill Classic Tournament last year.
She is a three-year captain and four-year starter at Oxon Hill High School. Jones was named Team MVP as just a freshman, and was selected All-Met in 2016.
Jones is the daughter of Thomas and Michelle. Her father, nicknamed “Speedy,” played basketball at Maryland from 1984-87. Rainelle’s mother competed in basketball for the University of Winnipeg and the Canadian National Team. Both her parents played basketball professionally. She has five siblings: Reis, Ria, Renee, Ryla and Brittany.
Jones joins a young, talented Maryland roster. The Terrapins’ 2018 roster will feature six PrepVolleyball Senior Aces. Last year, Maryland brought in its first-ever top-10 recruiting class while next season’s juniors were the No. 16 class. Jones will be the Terps’ fifth player from the DMV on the roster next year.