Spring Hill College Volleyball Head Coach Peggy Martin today announced her class of four signees for 2011.
Samantha "Sami" Maurer (left), 5-foot-9 outside hitter from Cor Jesu in St. Louis, Mo., is a 3-time 1st member of the Missouri All-Academic squad and a member of the National Honor Society. Her high school team won District Championships and was the Sectional Runner-Up in both 2009 and 2010.
"Sami brings a wealth of volleyball experience from a great high school program and extensive club experience," says Martin. "She will contribute immediately in the backcourt due to her outstanding ball handling skills. She is an exceptional student and person who will fit in perfectly at SHC."
Maddie Laforge, is a 5-foot-11 right side hitter/setter from Sacred Heart High School in New Orleans, La. "Maddie will bring not only a needed experienced setter to our squad, but also a versatile player who can play anywhere you ask her to," Martin says. "She will add depth to our setting position and bring a big block to the right side. She is another outstanding student whose versatility will help our team immediately. She will have an opportunity to learn from our All-Conference setter Taryn Nash and run the second team in practice while challenging for playing time."
Samantha "Sami" Hantak (left), a 6-foot-2 middle hitter from Rosati Kain in St. Louis was 1st team All District as a senior while serving as varsity team captain and winning All Academic accolades.
"Sami will compete immediately for a starting position in the middle," Martin says. "She will provide a big presence in our middle and might see some time on the right side. Sami has huge potential that needs developing to help immediately as a freshman. She is a quality student that is eager to learn on the volleyball court and in the classroom."
Martin is confident that this class will be difference-maker in the future of SHC volleyball. "This group is another huge step in building a tradition of excellence on the volleyball court on The Hill," she says.
Spring Hill will open the 2011 regular season at home on August 26 versus Southeastern (Fla.) University.