Saint Leo, Fla. (May 24, 2007) – Saint Leo head volleyball coach Sam Cibrone has announced the signings of four players for the 2007 season, as the Lions look to build on the most successful season in program history a year ago.
Coach Cibrone has added a pair of outside hitters, a middle blocker and a right side hitter to a team that earned the program’s first-ever bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament a season ago, and also set the program record for most wins (21) in a single season. The new additions also bring an added height advantage to the team with three of the four standing over 6’0”.
2007 SAINT LEO VOLLEYBALL TEAM SIGNINGS
6’0”, Middle Blocker
Farmington Hills, Mich./Michigan Elite Volleyball Club
Coach Cibrone’s Thoughts: “Kaitlin is going to be a fast player in the middle for us. She has an opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact offensively. In the past, we have had more defensive minded middles but she runs the slide very well and has quick feet. Plus, she should help us with blocking as well with her footspeed and ability to close the block.”
5’10”, Outside Hitter
Venice, Fla./Sandspurs Volleyball Club
Coach Cibrone’s Thoughts: “Natalie is a player that has had a great club season. She has proved to be a versatile outside hitter that attacks well from many areas on the court. She played at the O1 position, which is the most difficult outside hitter position. Her strength is looking at the block and making good hitting decisions which should help our hitting consistency which allows her to fight for a starting spots as well.”
6’0”, Outside Hitter
Upperville, Va./Clash Volleyball Club
Coach Cibrone’s Thoughts: “Kim can play left or right side which gives us more options offensively. Kim is a strong passer and has the ability to swing hit, which really opens up your offensive play selection. She is also a bigger outside which should help with our blocking of the right side attack. She can fight for a spot at the right or left immediately.”
6’0”, Right Side Hitter
Salem, Ohio/Tri-County Volleyball Club
Coach Cibrone’s Thoughts: “Leah is a left handed right side attacker. She is a very athletic player who should provide a strong block. In addition, she allows us to have two strong side hitters in at the same time. Leah has the potential to be a great right side player and is fighting for a starting position as our only senior starter was on the right side. She has good hands for setting the outside hitter too.”
The Lions will return nine players from the 2006 team that went 21-11 and finished tied for third in the Sunshine State Conference with an 8-8 record in league play. Among the returners is AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year Michelle Nogueras (So., Cayey, Puerto Rico), 2006 All-SSC Second Team Selection Audrey Starkebaum (Jr., Sterling, Colo.) and All-SSC Freshman Team member Chelsea Armer (So., San Jose, Calif.).