SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University head women's volleyball coach Sam Cibrone has announced the addition of three junior college transfers to his roster for the 2013 season.
After graduating three seniors at the end of last season, Cibrone's new additions will add more maturity and depth to the 11-woman roster as they take on their 33-game schedule.
5-11, Rightside/Outside Hitter, Jr.
Iowa Western Community College
Originally from Windsor, Colorado, Griffith-Hardy attended Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Co. At Fossil Ridge, Griffith-Hardy competed under head coach Paul Shimek and was selected to the All-Conference Team in 2009-10. In addition, she was an All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2011. Beginning her collegiate career at Iowa Western Community College, Griffith-Hardy notched 875 kills in her two seasons with the Reivers while earning multiple honors for her efforts. In 2011, she was named to the All-Region First Team as well as the All-America Second Team. As a sophomore, she was selected to the academic All-Region First Team.
Cibrone's Thoughts: Alexa is hard working, focused and team player. She was a very good hitter and blocker in junior college and we expect the same from her here this season. She should fill our hole on the right side nicely. We need her to be offensive so we can open up the game for our other hitters.
5-8, Setter, Sr.
Spring Hill, Fla.
McNeese State University
Hailing from Spring Hil, Fla., Powell graduated from Nature Coast Technical High School where she played under coach Dan Murphy. She began her collegiate career at Hillsborough Community College before transferring to McNeese State University. In 2011, Powell was ranked first in the nation for assists, and was named to the All-Tournament First Team in 2011 and 2012. She was also named to the All-State First Team in 2011 and 2012. After the 2012 season, she was awarded All-America status and received the HCC Female Athlete of the Year Award and the Lady Hawk Award.
Cibrone's Thoughts: Rachel is a great setter who has played at the junior college and division I level. She only has one year left so she may red-shirt unless we really need her this year. Her determination is a big strength for this team. A setter always has to be ready to play just like a quarterback as you never know when you are going to be called upon.
5-8, Libero, Jr.
Cantano, Puerto Rico
Hillsborough Community College
Born and raised in Cantano, Puerto Rico, Santiago competed at Colegia Carmen Sol High School before starting her collegiate career at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. As a freshman at HCC, she was named to the 2011 All-Conference Team as an outside hitter, and during her sophomore year, she was named the team's captain and received All-Conference honors. In 2012, she was also named an FCSAA Defensive Player of the Week, selected to the All-State Tournament team, and the team's Defensive Player of the Year. As the end of her sophomore season, Powell was ranked 3rd in the nation in digs per set, and was ranked 9th overall for digs in a single season.
Cibrone's Thoughts: Yaidimar is a vocal leader who refuses to let the ball hit the ground without effort. She will make our defense a lot better as she is always accountable for her actions and goes for every ball which we need to improve our floor defense.