For Immediate Release: May 13, 2005
Contact: Thomas Moore II (
Phone: 607-777-2956

Volleyball team signs three players to National Letters of Intent

The Binghamton volleyball team has announced the addition of three players, all of whom will begin their freshman seasons this coming fall. Each of them signed a National Letter of Intent.

Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) is 6-2 setter from Henry M Jackson High School. She was named to All-WesCo first-team in 2004 and an All-WesCo honorable mention her junior year. Allen was a three year letter winner and a co-captain her senior year.

"Ashley is a welcome addition to our team," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "She is a bright individual with a great upside as she is just developing as a setter. Her versatility will bring an added dimension to our offense as she has the ability to be an effective front row hitter and blocker as well as a solid setter."

Brianna Strong (Elkhart, Ind.) is 5-10 an outside hitter from Concord High School. She earned All-State honors as a senior and was a unanimous All-Conference player her sophomore, junior and senior years. Strong was named the teams Best Offensive Player in 2004, Best Attacker in 2002 and 2003, Best Defensive Player 2002 and had the best attacking percentage on the team in 2003. She was named to the Ft. Wayne Homestead Invite all-tournament team in 2003 and 2004. Strong was the Kiwanis Athlete of the Month in September 2003. She also earned softball all-conference honors in 2003 and 2004, as well as All-District in 2004.

"Brianna is one of the best all around players we have ever recruited," Kiriyama said. "She has great ball control and defensive instincts and has a cannon of an arm. She brings a wide variety of talent and will be an instrumental member of the team in the immediate year."

Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) is a defensive specialist from Julienne Catholic High School. She earned all-district honors her junior and senior years. Strader was a four year varsity scholar athlete. In her junior and senior years, she was named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player. In addition, Strader played eight years of club volleyball with the Dayton Juniors.

"Jaclyn will be called on immediately to help our depleted backrow defense," Kiriyama said. "She brings a great wealth of experience from a solid high school and club program. Her quickness and her passing abilities will be utilized to enhance the overall effectiveness of our team defense and serve reception."

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