Immediate Release: December 4, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Binghamton volleyball adds three new recruits for 2007
VESTAL, N.Y.- The Binghamton University volleyball program has announced the signing of three high school standouts to National Letters of Intent. The trio of student-athletes, which includes Sandra Devito (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius), Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, WI/West Bend West), and Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew), will begin play for the Bearcats in the fall of 2007.
Devito, a 6-0 middle hitter, has patrolled the frontline for upstate New York's Fayetteville-Manlius High School for the last three seasons. She was a three-time first team all-league and all-section selection and completed her high school career as the school's all-time leader in kills (528 - 3.05 per game), aces (137 - .79 per game) and blocks (93 - .54 per game). Devito plays her club ball with the Onondaga Volleyball.
"Sandra is a highly skilled and athletic performer that hits very well," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "She will help us out immediately at both the outside positions."
Mueller is currently a senior at West Bend West High School in Wisconsin. A four-time team captain, she was a first team all-state and all-conference selection in her junior year. The Wisconsin native also played for seven years, five as team captain, with the highly regarded Milwaukee Sting club squad. The 5-foot-9 setter is being brought in to fill the shoes of Ashley Meffert, who wrapped up her four-year career earlier this fall as BU's all-time assist leader.
"Lindsey is a vocal leader on the court," said Kiriyama. "She is exactly the type of player we look for at the setter position. She will step right in and be an important part of our offense next season."
McDonough is a three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball, and track) at Andrew High School in Orland Hills, Illinois. The 6-foot middle blocker was a two-time all-conference and all-area honoree and will graduate as Andrew's all-time leader in kills. She played her club ball with Alliance Volleyball, one of Chicago's top programs.
"Michelle has strong experience in both the front and back row," said Kiriyama. "She is a very versatile athlete and we expect she will see time at a number of positions for us."
Binghamton volleyball closed out its sixth season of competition at the Division-I level at 15-17 overall, with a 9-3 mark in conference play, good for a second-straight second place finish in the America East Conference.
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