Head volleyball coach Jamie Thomas announces the incoming recruiting class for the 2014 season. Thomas welcomes seven players to join 10 returners for her first season as the Panthers' head coach. The Panthers open the 2014 season Aug. 29-30 at the MckAttack Classic hosted by Birmingham-Southern in Birmingham, Ala.
"Naturally, I am excited about the incoming recruiting class for this year." said Thomas. "I believe this group meets the needs we had entering the season and will make an immediate impact for us to have a very competitive team."
Maggie Ivester, Freshman
Position: Outside Hitter/ Right Side Hitter
High School: Ola
Hometown: McDonough, Ga.
Awards: Coach's Award, Leadership Award, Captains Award, Henry County Player of the Week, Henry County Volleyball Player of the Year, All-Area first team.
Degree Pursuing: Accountancy
Position: Outside Hitter
High School: Oakwood Christian
Hometown: Chickamauga, Ga.
Awards: Best Offense of 2011-2012, Best Offense of 2012-2013, SCAA All Tournament of 2012 and 2013, Walker County Dream Team of 2012 and 2013.
Degree Pursuing: Psychology with a minor in Biochemistry
Position: Outside Hitter
Previous School: Louisburg College
High School: South Creek
Hometown: Bear Grass, N.C.
High School Awards: Washington Daily News All-Area, Four Rivers All-Conference, Team captain and All-Academic team.
College awards: Honorable Mention NJCAA Region X, Scholar Athlete
Degree Pursuing: Education
Position: Setter/Right Side
High School: Forsyth Central
Hometown: Cumming, Ga.
Awards: All-County volleyball team junior and senior year.
Degree Pursuing: Nursing
Position: Right Side/ Middle Hitter
Awards: Four years on high school volleyball team (2 years varsity), Three years varsity weightlifting team, Four years high school softball team (3 years varsity), Varsity volleyball team captain 2013-2014 season, varsity weightlifting team captain 2013-2014 season, varsity softball team captain 2013-2014 season, Most Valuable Player team 2011 season, Most Valuable Player 2011 Tournament.
Degree Pursuing: Undecided
Position: Setter/Right Side/ Outside Hitter
High School: Lakeshore
Hometown: Mandeville, La.
Awards: All-District first team, Northshore Player of the Week, Coaches Award (Sophomore and Senior years)
Degree Pursuing: Business
Position: Setter/Outside Hitter/Libero
Hometown: Hogansville, Ga.
High School: Callaway
Awards: Hustle Award (2011), Team Leader Award (2012), Second Team All-Area (2012), Most Valuable Player (2013)