Maryland Volleyball Announces 2013 Rookie Class

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland volleyball program is set to welcome six talented newcomers for the 2013 season as head coach Tim Horsmon formally announced the class on Thursday.

The six-member class received high honorable mention honors by and adds talent and depth to roster returning 13 players.

“We are excited about this group of athletes,” said Horsmon. “I believe we have an athletic group of volleyball players that still have a lot of room to grow. We will be as deep as I can remember our team being and will be competitive at every position in our own gym.

“I also think this group will fit in with our current roster. We have several upperclassmen to help make the transition to the collegiate level a successful one.”

Below is a rundown of this year’s recruiting class:

Name • Position • Height • Hometown (High School/Club)
Listed Alphabetically

Julia Anderson • S • 5-8
Mountainville, N.Y. (Cornwall Central/USANY)

Before Maryland: A four-year varsity player for the Green Dragons … helped lead the squad to the state championship round all four years, while serving as the team captain in 2010 and 2011 … a two-time OCIAA first team selection … named second team all-state in 2011 and earned a spot on the state all-tournament team … played club volleyball for USANY in 2013 and helped lead the club to a 15th-place finish at AAU Nationals.

Horsmon on Anderson: “Julia is highly competitive and fiery setter who has a great feel of running an offense. Julia was a great late addition to this class and she could be impactful immediately. Julia is very strong and can locate the ball from anywhere on the court.”

Alex Brown • OH • 6-1
Grand Island, N.Y. (Grand Island/Niagara Frontier)

Before Maryland: A three-time All-Western New York first team honoree and three-time first team All-Niagara Frontier League selection … named the Niagara Gazette Athlete of the Year as a junior … served as team captain for high school and club … also lettered in track and field placing first in western New York, third in sectionals, eighth in the state in the high jump … broke a 30-year-old league high jump record measuring 5’4’’ … received the academic excellence award throughout high school.

Horsmon on Brown: “Alex has played both in the middle and on the outside. She will move to the pin for us and will give us some length and firepower this fall. Alex could help us immediately as an attacker, but will need to work hard at her ball control to get where we need her as a six-rotation player.”

Whitney Craigo • S • 6-0
Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake/Maverick)

Before Maryland: A four-year varsity player for the Shoregals helping the team to consecutive South Western Conference titles as a junior and senior with a combined record of 40-9 … a third team all-state selection as a senior and honorable mention all-state selection as a junior … a first team all-district honoree the last two seasons … named Miss Volleyball for Lorain County as a senior and the county’s MVP as a senior and junior … named the conference’s MVP in 2011 and 2012 … holds Avon Lake records in career assists (1,434), assists in a season (689), assists in a match (53), and career aces … a three-time track and field letterwinner.

Horsmon on Craigo: “Whitney is a super energetic player who has shown some great leadership qualities. Whitney started setting just a couple of years ago and has a high ceiling because of her athleticism. She jumps well and is very quick to the ball. We are looking forward to a fall of great training for her to capitalize on that athleticism.”

Ashlyn MacGregor • MB • 6-2
Tarpon Springs, Fla. (Tarpon Springs/Tampa Bay One)

Before Maryland: Led Pinellas County with 466 kills as a senior to help Tarpon Springs to win its second consecutive district title and a spot in the regional semifinals … an all-state selection and state all-star game MVP as a senior … earned Tampa Times 2012 Player of the Year honors … a first team All-Pinellas County selection in 2011 and 2012 … helped the team to a regional championship and a spot in the final four of the state tournament as a senior, the first time in 20 years Tarpon Springs advanced to the state semifinals … recorded over 1,000 career kills with 875 coming in the past two seasons … qualified for Junior Nationals with Pinellas Heat … played on the Florida Women International Junior High Performance Team in 2012.

Horsmon on MacGregor: “We really like how hard Ashlyn plays and practices. She is long and has a great frame. I'm excited about Ashlyn’s ceiling and think her best volleyball is in front of her. I believe each week our fans will see Ashlyn get better throughout this year.”

Chavi St. Hill • MB • 6-1
West Orange, N.J. (West Orange/USANY)

Before Maryland: A three-year starter at West Orange … a first team all-conference selection as a junior and senior … selected the MVP of the team the last two years … served as team captain as a senior … earned second team all-conference honors as a sophomore … lettered in track and field earning second team all-conference honors as a high jumper.

Horsmon on St. Hill: “Chavi is a fast twitch middle hitter who will compete for playing time immediately. Chavi is a quick jumper who covers a lot of ground laterally. We're excited about the depth we've created in the middle position and it should play out to be a competitive position in the gym.”

Jessica Ward • DS • 5-6
Owings, Md. (Northern/Maryland Juniors)

Before Maryland: A four-year varsity setter for Northern … helped led the Patriots to the Maryland 3A title by knocking off River Hill in four sets … helped Northern reach the south regional final in 2010, 2011 and 2012 … named to the All-SMAC team as a junior and senior.

Horsmon on Ward: “Jessica is a local product who I have watched the last few years through our camps. Jess has an attitude that you would want in your gym every day. She works hard and competes with a smile on her face. She is great teammate and leader by example. Jess converted from setter to defensive specialist and is still learning the nuances of her new position, but is extremely quick and will not let the ball hit the floor.”

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