Nov. 14, 2007
CLEMSON, SC – Jolene Jordan Hoover, Head Coach of the Tiger volleyball team, has announced that Brittany Fennell, Brooke Kohler and Lacy Hayes have signed National Letters of Intent to play their collegiate volleyball at Clemson University.
Fennell, a 6’2″ middle from Hendersonville, NC, is a superb all-around athlete who has earned all-conference and all-area accolades in track and swimming as well as in volleyball. She led the 2006 West Hendersonville team to a 26-1 record and a state runners-up finish and was the 2006 North Carolina State Champion in the 400m-dash.
“Brittany is a really nice athlete with a big, easy jump,” said Hoover. “She plays at a high level above the net, which will make her tough to defend. We’re excited about Brittany’s future. As a multi-sport athlete, she hasn’t played a lot of club ball or concentrated solely on volleyball.”
Kohler towers at a height of 6’2″ as well and earned three letters as an outside hitter at Jupiter (FL) High School. She has been a member of three district champion teams, while the Warriors will play in the semifinals of the Florida State tournament this weekend. Kohler has also guided Jupiter to two league championships and was named to the first-team all-conference in 2007.
“Brooke is a fantastic all-around player,” Hoover commented. “Her favorite position is outside, however, she can play left, middle or right. We will need that versatility and it will give us a few different options for next year with the graduation of Leslie Mansfield and Meghan Steiner.”
Both Kohler and Hayes participated in USA Volleyball programs and camps during the summer of 2007.
Also at 6’2″ tall, Hayes is a three-year letterwinner at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, TX and where she was coached by her mother until this season. The setter/right-side hitter was selected to the all-district second team as a sophomore and was named First-Team All-District in 2006. The 2007 teams will be announced following the conclusion of the state tournament. Hayes, a top-250 recruit according to PrepVolleyball, led Cy-Fair to a second-place district finish in 2005 while finishing third in 2006. Her 2007 team claimed the district title and will continue play in the Final Four this weekend.
“Lacy is a great athlete and a very intelligent player,” Hoover said. “She has set and hit for both her club and high school teams and is another right-side candidate for next season. We will also be preparing her to run the offense once Kelsey Murphy graduates.”
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