Volleyball Signs Five For 2014 Campaign
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG volleyball team will add five student-athletes to its roster for the 2014 campaign, according to an announcement Thursday by head coach Corey Carlin.
The additions bring the squad size to 16 players as the Blue and Gold prepares to open its preseason workouts in early August.
Jasmine Jones, Middle Hitter, 6-2, Freshman, Stafford, Va. (Brooke Point)
High School: Played three seasons of varsity volleyball for Brooke Point High School, setting program single-season records for blocks (123) and kills (250) … Under head coach Terri Starliper, led the Black Hawks to the 2013 Conference 15 championship … Earned all-area, all-district first team, all-state second team and conference player of the year accolades her senior season … Tabbed second team all-district her junior campaign. Personal: Jasmine M. Jones … Born May 24, 1996 in Arlington, Va. … Undecided on a potential major.
Coach Carlin on Jones: "Jasmine is a very physically gifted athlete. She has the physique to be an extremely dominant player at the net. Her natural quickness and jumping ability are already at an elite level so her goal will be learning how to better her fundamentals and apply her talents in the college game. Once she gains more experience on the court and adds polish to her skills, we expect her to be a major contributor for our program."
Anna Romaniszyn, Outside Hitter, 5-8, Freshman, Port Orange, Fla. (Spruce Creek)
High School: Played four seasons of varsity volleyball for Spruce Creek High School under head coach Cara Swayze … Named first team all-county her senior season and second team all-county her junior campaign … Set a school record for most kills in a match with 26 as a junior … Led the Hawks to a second-place finish in the Volusia Conference her junior year … Named University of Florida camp MVP … Maintained a 3.8 grade point average throughout her high school career while taking honors and college-level classes … Graduated with honors from one of the top high schools in the nation … Earned the athlete of the month award as a senior and was named to the President’s List at a local state college (dual enrollment) … Picked up Citizen of the Month recognition during her junior year. Club: Competed for the Top Select Volleyball Academy for three seasons as an outside hitter and libero for head coach Blake Rawlins … Named team MVP for the 16’s squad … Helped pace her team to the 2012 and 2013 Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships. Personal: Anna Leigh Romaniszyn … Born March 7, 1996 in Daytona Beach, Fla. … Daughter of Jim and Linda Romaniszyn … Intended major is nursing.
Coach Carlin on Romaniszyn: "Anna's greatest attributes coming in are her tireless work ethic and her ball control skills. She comes from a club program that trains its athletes very well and routinely produces players with high volleyball IQs. Her experience as both an outside hitter and libero gives her a unique skillset that allows for flexibility in playing multiple positions and will fit our brand extremely well."
Courtney Sullivan, Middle Hitter, 6-0, Freshman, Commerce Township, Mich. (Walled Lake Northern)
High School: Played four years of varsity volleyball for head coach David Danaseck at Walled Lake Northern High School … Earned all-conference, all-division and second-team all-state honors … Racked up 23 kills in a match against Waterford Mott as a senior … Walled Lake Northern earned all-state academic honors all four seasons of her prep career. Club: Competed for the Legacy Volleyball Club under head coach David Jandasek for five seasons as a middle hitter … Played at the national open level - the highest level in club volleyball. Personal: Courtney Grace Sullivan … Born March 5, 1996 in Commerce, Mich. … Daughter of Jules and Ellen Sullivan … Intended major is nursing.
Coach Carlin on Sullivan: "Courtney is a unique player in that the bulk of her experience has been playing in the middle but we believe she can also contribute to our program playing at the pin. Her club team has played against some of the top club teams in the country so she is no stranger to high-level competition. That experience, along with her strong court awareness, will be assets to our team from day one."
Katie Wagner, Outside Hitter, 6-0, Freshman, Knoxville, Tenn. (Hardin Valley Academy)
High School: Played three seasons of varsity volleyball for head coach Mike Rosenke … Led the Hawks to the district title in 2011 … Named to the Class AAA District 3 All-Tournament Team (twice), regional all-tournament team and the all-district team … Tabbed her squad’s rookie of the year in 2010 and earned the Captain’s Award in 2012 … Named STEM Student of the Month on a pair of occasions and graduated in the top 10 of her class. Club: Competed for K2 Volleyball Club in Louisville, Tenn., for head coach Jason Hames as a right side and outside hitter … Helped lead the team to the 2013 K2 Wilderness Summer Blast championship. Personal: Katherine Lynn Wagner … Born July 26, 1996 in Wheatridge, Colo. … Daughter of Donald and Janise Wagner … Intended major is elementary education.
Coach Carlin on Wagner: "Katie is fiercely competitive and one of the hardest working kids I've seen. Her club program does a tremendous job at training kids to be mentally tough, which will help her transition to the collegiate level very quickly. She has the skillset, athleticism and fortitude to become a strong contributor for our program early on and we're excited to see how far she can go."
Leah Wells, Defensive Specialist, 5-8, Junior, Statesville, N.C. (Catawba Valley CC)
Catawba Valley: Earned recognition for a stellar sophomore season in which she garnered Catawba Valley Player of the Year and All-Region X honors … Named National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Player of the Week after posting 35 kills and a .361 hitting percentage in a trio of 3-0 victories for the nationally-ranked Bucs … Led Catawba Valley to two undefeated regular seasons as well as a pair of conference, region and district titles … Finished her sophomore season ranked in the top 50 nationally in kills, kills per set, attempts, aces, aces per set and points. High School: Played under head coach Natalie Tribble at North Iredell High School as a member of the varsity team for three seasons … Helped the Raiders to the state title game in 2010 and 2011 and a 28-1 overall record her senior campaign … Earned a pair of all-conference and all-county honors. Club: Competed six seasons for the Iredell Stars volleyball club as a right side. Personal: Leah Jamie Wells … Born Sept. 1, 1994 in Greensboro, N.C. … Daughter of Billy and Denise Wells … Parents both attended UNCG … Majoring in family resources.
Coach Carlin on Wells: "Leah is a great story. She is someone we heard about fairly late in the recruiting process but we are glad that we did. She is the consummate team player and an extremely humble kid that will do anything for the betterment of the team, but won't let anyone out work her in the gym. Even though she enters our program as a junior, having already played at the collegiate level and been the go-to player for her previous team, she understands that her role at UNCG will be different and she's ready to embrace that challenge."