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Murphy Announces Addition of Five Signees
Liberty field hockey head coach Jodi Murphy has announced the addition of five student-athletes to the Lady Flames' 2013 roster. Bethany Barr, Serena Barr, Olivia Carroll, Ketura Landis and Carrie Logie have signed national letters of intent (NLI) to attend Liberty for the 2013-14 academic year.
The five signees join Micailah Sloman, who enrolled in the spring semester, to form Murphy's third recruiting class. The new additions feature two players from Pennsylvania (Landis and Carroll), one from North Carolina (Logie) and two from Northern Ireland (Bethany and Serena Barr).
Murphy on signing class:
"It is with great joy that we announce our five incoming freshmen. Each of these young ladies is equipped to help us usher in another phase of development for our program as we enter our third season next fall. Different from our last two large classes, this group of five will be surrounded by a very strong core group of girls that have been working daily to establish the culture of our program. We had specific needs that we were trying to meet for this group and I feel that what we have met those needs with this strong, talented class of young ladies. I know that these incoming freshmen are training hard to elevate their game before coming to campus this August. I have full assurance that this group is going to help us compete with the nation's best."
Bethany Barr (M, Lurgan, Northern Ireland)
Barr, the younger sister of current Lady Flame Natalie Barr, joins Liberty after a highly-decorated international, club and high school playing career in Northern Ireland. Barr competed for both her province of Ulster and the country of Ireland as a member of the U16 and U18 teams. Barr played for Ulster in the UK School Games two different years, taking second place in 2011, before winning gold in 2012. Also in 2012, Barr captained Ulster to the Ireland Inter-Provincial title. In 2011 and 2013, she helped guide her high school team, Lurgan College, to the Ulster Senior Schools Cup and All-Ireland Kate Russell Cup titles. At the club level, Barr joined the Lurgan Ladies of the Ulster Premier League in 2009 and competed for the team for four years.
Barr works extensively with Charlene's Project, a charity founded by her late sister, which aims to give children in Uganda an education and provide them with clean drinking water. Barr has traveled to Uganda three times and will be returning for a fourth time this summer.
Bethany on Signing with Liberty:
"I visited Liberty twice and both times, I felt so at home and welcomed by everyone there! It is lovely to go to a place where God is at the center of everything. In the end when it came to making the decision of whether to go to Liberty or stay in Northern Ireland, it was a very difficult decision, but I chose Liberty because it is just like going to another family on the other side of the world."
Serena Barr (D/M, Lurgan, Northern Ireland)
Barr, the twin sister of Bethany and younger sister of current Lady Flame Natalie Barr, brings a wealth of playing experience at the international, club and high school levels to Liberty. Barr began playing club field hockey for the Lurgan Ladies in 2009. In four years of competition at the high school level, Barr led her team, Lurgan College, to the semifinals of the Ulster Senior Schools Cup her freshman year. Lurgan then appeared in the title game in each of the next three seasons, including championships in 2011 and 2013. Also in 2011 and 2013, Barr played an instrumental role as Lurgan College captured the All-Ireland Kate Russell Cup titles both years. Barr competed on U16 and U18 teams for both her province of Ulster and the country of Ireland. She played for Ulster in the UK School Games two different years, winning gold in 2012. Also in 2012, Barr vice-captained Ulster to the Ireland Inter-Provincial title.
Barr, along with the rest of her family, serves with Charlene's Project, conducting field hockey camps in Uganda in addition to educational and health work.
Serena on Signing with Liberty:"I decided to come to Liberty next year because when I visited it there was such a warm, family atmosphere in the university. The atmosphere enables and encourages you to grow in your relationship and faith with God and learn more about Him. Coming to Liberty gives me the opportunity to become a better field hockey player at the same time and play alongside my sisters again."
Murphy on the Barrs:
"Bethany and Serana Barr will add to our competitive winning culture as they have spent time on two incredibly successful teams in Northern Ireland. Additionally, their experience on the Irish Youth National team has afforded them an opportunity to play against the highest level of hockey while learning different systems and playing styles. Bethany has a tremendous amount of speed up front while staying composed and in control. On the other side of the ball, Serena is a strong and smart defender who attacks with poise out of the backfield."
Olivia Carroll (M, Birdsboro, Pa.)
Hailing from the field hockey-rich state of Pennsylvania, Carroll was a four-year starter and letterwinner at Twin Valley High School. In each of her four high school seasons, Carroll was named to the Berks County all-academic team, and was tabbed to the all-academic state team in 2012. Following the completion of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, Carroll earned a spot on the Berks County Division II all-star team. She was named to the all-county squad in 2012 as well. This past season, Carroll led her team to the Berks County championship and to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA state field hockey championship. Carroll played for the club team X-Calibur and has participated in the national indoor field hockey tournament at the U-14, U-16 and U-19 levels, taking second place four years in a row.
Off the field, Carroll participates in the National Honor Society and earned recognition on the Twin Valley honor roll from 2009-2013. Carroll spends time volunteering at the Reading Opportunity House, Lifeline Pregnancy Center, the local library, soup kitchen and local food bank. She also competes in track & field and is a part of the TriM music society, chorus and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Carroll on Signing with Liberty:
"One of the many reasons that I chose to go to Liberty University was the fact that the students-athletes are encouraged to share their faith on the field with their competition. Also, I believe Liberty will allow me to continue my love of the game at a competitive level, while also being surrounded by amazing sisters in Christ that will help me growing spiritually on and off the field."
Murphy on Carroll:
"Olivia will be a strong distributor for us in the backfield. She has a tenacious spirit and knows what it takes to win. She comes from a hockey family with older sisters who have played at all levels of the game. I believe her maturity will be an intangible that helps propel her in the coming seasons."
Ketura Landis (F/M, Lancaster, Pa.)
Landis is the second of Murphy's recent signees from the Keystone State. She was a three-year starter and letterwinner at Lancaster Mennonite High School. Landis was a second team Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League selection in 2010 and 2011 and a first team honoree this past season. Landis served as a team captain during her senior season in 2012 and earned PIAA all-state honorable mention accolades. In 2010, Landis helped guide Lancaster Mennonite to the L-L League title game and a berth in the District 3 tournament. Landis captained her squad to the L-L League section III title and an appearance in the District 3 quarterfinals in 2012. At the club level, Landis competed for Sutter's Brigade.
Landis has participated in various missions trips and helps lead a Friday morning bible study at her school. She is part of a student leadership in ministry team for her church youth group.
Landis on Signing with Liberty:
"I decided to come to Liberty because I was looking for a Christian school where I could study nursing and play field hockey. When I visited, I loved the opportunities available in the nursing program and appreciated the field hockey team's unity and how much it is like a family. Most importantly, I chose to come because I loved the Christian atmosphere all around and how faith is incorporated in classes and athletics."
Murphy on Landis:
Ketura comes to us from the same high school as freshmen standout, Abbey Basom, and like Abbey, Ketura has a strong game sense. She is a selfless forward who knows where to be and when. We are looking forward to adding her depth to our attack line.
Carrie Logie (F/M, Clemmons, N.C.)
Logie comes to Liberty from Forsyth Country Day School where she was a five-year varsity starter. She was a four-time Piedmont Athletic Conference of Independent Schools (PACIS) all-conference team selection. In 2009, Logie was named to the all-state squad and was tabbed the PACIS Player of the Year. Logie capped her playing career at Forsyth Country Day as the team captain and once again garnered all-state recognition as well as her second PACIS Player of the Year award. Logie has played for several club teams, including the Tar Devils, Marojoka, N.C. Triad and Charlotte Ambush. She participated in numerous national tournaments, Disney Tournament, ESPN Rise Games, Festival and the Indoor Qualifier, at the U14, U15 and U19 levels.
Away from the field, Logie is a member of the National Honor Society and has spent time working and volunteering at Merriwood Christian Camp. She was a member of the mock trial team from 2010-2012 and the environment club in 2012 as well.
Logie on Signing with Liberty:
"Liberty offers an amazing atmosphere with so many friendly and inspiring people. It took only one visit for me to realize I could not see myself at any other school. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible team and community, and I cannot wait to see what God has planned for these next four years."
Murphy on Logie:
"Carrie is hardworking and determined. She is a fantastic fit for Liberty. Her enthusiasm and excitement for this atmosphere will be contagious among her teammates and future student-athletes set on playing at Liberty."