GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG volleyball has signed Wisconsin-native Mandy Garvens for the upcoming season this fall. Garvens joins UNCG after a prep career at Oconomowoc High School in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and played with the Milwaukee Sting club team for seven seasons.
“What stood out to us about Mandy (Garvens) very early on in the recruiting process was her tremendous athleticism.” Head coach Corey Carlin said, “She’s a multi-sport athlete that shows great quickness and reaction skills. She comes from club and high school programs that have produced high-level volleyball players so we knew her gam IQ would be very solid from the training she’s received.”
With the Oconomowoc High Raccoons, Garvens lettered all four seasons under head coach Michelle Bruss. As a freshman, she played as a defensive specialist before moving to an outside hitter role over her final three seasons. She was a two-time All-Little 10 Conference selection before Oconomowoc moved to the Classic 8 Conference in 2017 where she also earned all-conference honors. In 2015, she led Oconomowoc to its first-ever conference title before a second place finish at the Wisconsin state tournament. Garvens led her team to a Classic 8 Conference championship in Oconomowoc’s first year in the league before finishing third at the state tournament. She twice earned all-state honors and was a team captain in her junior and season seasons. She was named team MVP for her efforts during her senior campaign and was a scholar-athlete all four years.
With the Sting, she played for head coach Amy Wagner for seven seasons. The Sting won numerous tournaments throughout her time and placed in the top seven at the open division at nationals for four-straight seasons. She also competed in sand doubles competitions where her volleyball success continued.
“She has experience playing multiple positions on the court.” Carlin continued, “She’s been an attacker and also spent time defending different areas of the backcourt during her career. All of that experience has made Mandy a very well-rounded player coming into our program. More than those factors, Mandy is a quality person. She cares about her teammates and has a competitive edge that is a staple characteristic for all great backcourt players. We’re very much looking forward to having her join our Spartan volleyball family this fall.”
She plans to major in business or engineering at UNCG and is the daughter of Joe and Sherry Garvens.