LaGrange volleyball coach Jamie Thomas-McGreal announced the newcomers for the upcoming 2015 season. The Panthers will open their schedule Sept. 1 against future USA South opponent Wesleyan in the Richter Gymnasium.
High School: Carrollton
Hometown: Carrollton, Ga.
Sport accomplishments/Awards: Four-year starter for Carrollton... Team Captain all four years... Led team to four playoff appearances; advancing once to Sweet 16 and to the Elite 8 one time... 2014-15 Times-Georgian MVP for Carroll County... 6-AAAA All-Area Team sophomore (2012-13) and junior (2013-14)... 5-AAAA All-Area Team senior (2014-15)... 25 aces in a match during sophomore year, the second most aces in a match in GHSA history... Offensive MVP as a freshman... Darllington Invitational All-tournament team as a junior and senior...
Degree Pursuing: Exercise Science
Position: Outside Hitter
High school: Gatesville
Hometown: Gatesville, Texas
Academic Awards: Academic All-District 17-4A from 2012-2014... National Honor Society
Sports Awards: Waco Tribune-Herald's 2014 Super Centex second team... Killeen Daily-Herald's 2014 All-Area second team... First-team All-District 17-4A (2013, 2014)... Second-team All-District 17-4A (2012).
High School: Chattahoochee
Hometown: John's Creek, Ga.
Sport accomplishments/Awards: 2013 GHSA Class AAAAAA Area champions... 2013 GHSA Class AAAAAA state runner ups
Degree Pursuing: Accounting
Position: Setter/Defensive Specialist
High School: Belleville
Hometown: Belleville, Mich.
Sport accomplishments/Awards: Four-year varsity... Western Wayne All-Conference.
Degree Pursuing: Nursing
Position: Libero/Defensive Specialist
High School: Legacy Academy
Hometown: Cumming, Ga.
Academic Awards: National Society of High School Scholars... Class of 2015 Valedictorian...
Sports Accomplishments/Awards: GICAA North Region 2014 All-Region player... All-State player... All-Star player... Defensive MVP... GICAA North Region 2013 All-Region player... Defensive MVP.
Mary Elizabeth Loftus
Position: Opposite Hitter
High school: Buford
Hometown: Buford, Ga.
Academic Awards: Honor Roll... National Society of High School Scholars...
Degree Pursuing: English
Position: Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist
High School: North Bay Haven Charter Academy
Hometown: Panama City Beach, Fla.
Sport accomplishments/Awards: 2013 all-Bay County Honorable Mention... 2014 All-Bay County Team...
Degree Pursuing: Nursing
High School: South Paulding
Hometown: Dallas, Ga.
Academic Awards: Scholar Athlete... Recipient of the President's Award for Education Excellence... UGA Merit Scholar...
Sport accomplishments/Awards: Second-team All-Area (Area 5AAAAA)... MVP... Most blocks and most points single-season school records...
Degree Pursuing: Graphic Design
Position: Right Side
High School: Islands
Hometown: Savannah, GA
Academic Awards: Passion for Learning in 9th Grade Research 1... Student Leadership Award of Excellence 2012... Student Leadership Award of Excellence 2013... Future Farmers of America Leadership Award 2015... Community Involvement Award 2014-2015...
Sport Accomplishments: 2012 Rookie of the Year... 2014 Varsity captain... 2014 Offensive Player of the Year... 2014 Player of the Match Prep Sports Report... 2014 Player of the Week Prep Sports Report... First-team All-Region Team all four years... Four-year starter... Marine Corps Most Distinguished Female Athlete Award 2015...
Degree Pursuing: Veterinary Medicine
Position: Defensive Specialist
High School: West Henderson
Hometown: Hendersonville, N.C.
Academic awards: Received CNA license... Sports editor for high school yearbook rated in the top 50 in the nation...
Sports accomplishments: State runner-up 2014 with a record of 27-2... County champions 2014...