WILMORE - Asbury University volleyball head coach Keith Stowe has announced the addition of five new players to the Eagles' roster for 2017. Joining the Eagles for the 2017 season are Mari-Grace Alexander (Philpott, KY), Charlotte Breslin (Louisville, KY), Jessica Hunt (Brookport, IL), Bethany Laue (Brea, CA), and Aliea Crall (Nicholasville, KY).
Alexander, a 5'11" outside hitter, played for Steve Howard at Daviess County High School as well as club ball at AVA in Owensboro, KY. "Mari-Grace has a fast and powerful arm swing. I'm hoping she will also blossom into a great defensive player in the backrow. She was an impact player for her previous teams and I expect she'll do as much if not more for us," Stowe said.
Breslin played at Jeffersontown High School. At MAVA this club season she played as an opposite for Paige and Nicholas Sutton. "Charlotte has played as an outside hitter and as a setter for her high school team," Stowe said of Breslin. "She has versatility which will come in handy for us. She attended one of our volleyball camps last summer and impressed us with her play and her attitude."
Hunt played at Massac County High School in Illinois which went 34-4 last season. A 5'8" outside hitter, Hunt was a 6 rotation player for Coach Zach Miller. "Jessica came to us a bit late this spring. During her visit she showed a ton of potential! She's a diamond in the rough and I feel fortunate that we were able to pick her up."
A 6'1" middle hitter from California, Laue will add some more height to the roster and can come in to help set the tone at the net. "I have every confidence she will come in strong and ready for the 2017 season. Bethany has such drive and determination; she'll be tested early on this season and I know she'll come through for us."
Crall, already a student at Asbury University, decided not to play volleyball last season. Stowe recruited her to come in as a setter last season but she decided she would only be a student. "I was disappointed when Aliea told me was not going to play but I told her the offer still stood. When she contacted me this spring and asked about playing I was thrilled. She works hard on the court and I believe she has just begun to see her true playing potential."