CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson volleyball head coach Michaela Franklin announced the Tigers’ incoming class for the fall of 2019 on Thursday. The additions include McKenna Slavik and Ani Clark. The rising freshmen are set join Clemson’s volleyball program this summer. Both Clark and Slavik played for Sports Performance Volleyball Club in Aurora, Illinois, where they finished sixth at AAU Nationals in the top division in 2017.
Slavik hails from St. Charles, Illinois, where she attends St. Charles East High School. The 6-1 setter was tabbed the 2018 DuKane Conference Player of the Year after posting 616 assists and team-best 249 kills to lead St. Charles East to its first sectional title since 2011. Slavik was also named a 2018 AVCA Under Armour All-American Honorable Mention recipient this year. Additionally, Slavik won a club national championship with Sport Performance Volleyball’s 18 Elite team 18 open (division).
“McKenna is a talented and skilled setter,” said Franklin. “Her consistent tempo and location is impeccable and only going to continue to improve because of the driven competitor she is. What I appreciate most about McKenna is that anything she has set her mind to she has and will accomplish. Not only does she have the physical qualities of being a great setter, she also has the leadership skills, court presence, and work ethic to become an elite setter.”
Clark is a 6-2 middle blocker from Wheaton, Illinois, where she played for Wheaton North High School. At Wheaton North, Clark was named to the DuKane All-Conference Team during her junior and senior years. Clark led the Falcons her junior year to their second consecutive regional championship. During the 2018 club season, Clark played for Sport Performance’s 18 Kahl Team and won a national title in the Premiere division.
“Annika is a physical middle with an intense work ethic. What I love most about watching Annika play is she works extremely hard to get up in transition, close the block, and lets her game do the talking for her. She is a quiet yet fierce competitor that has the skill set to help her be successful at the next level.”
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