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Vorster to Transfer to Liberty from Hawai'i

April 17, 2014
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Jade Vorster will join the Liberty volleyball team in 2014, after earning All-Big West honors twice at Hawai'i.

Two-time All-Big West middle blocker Jade Vorster will join the Liberty volleyball team for the 2014 season after transferring from Hawai'i, it was announced today by Liberty Volleyball Head Coach Shane Pinder.

Vorster, a native of Orlando, Fla., will graduate with a degree in chemistry from Hawai'i this spring. She has signed to continue her collegiate playing career at Liberty, where she will begin to pursue a master's degree in public health starting in the 2014-15 academic year. She will have two years of eligibility remaining.

"We are excited about the addition of Jade Vorster to our roster," Pinder said. "Jade brings great size and experience to our middle hitter position. With her experience in the Big West conference I am excited to see how she will impact our program. While she is very talented as a volleyball player it is the type of person, teammate and leader she is that makes her special".

With the addition of Vorster, a 6-4 middle blocker, Liberty will welcome seven incoming student-athletes to the volleyball program this fall. Among the six freshmen will be Vorster's younger sister, Sirena Vorster, who signed an NLI in the fall.

"This transition is very exciting for me," Vorster said. "I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Liberty University's graduate school and athletics program and for the opportunity to play with my sister. I am looking forward to representing and contributing to Liberty University in the years to come."   

During her two seasons on the court at Hawai'i, Vorster earned a pair of all-conference honors, including All-Big West first team mention as a redshirt freshman in 2012. She led the Big West in hitting percentage (.388) as a freshman, and totaled a team-high 116 blocks. This past year, she hit a team-best .377, while leading the Rainbow Wahine with 105 blocks. Vorster also played one season of sand volleyball at Hawai'i.

Hawai'i posted a 52-8 record over the past two seasons, reaching as high as No. 5 in the AVCA national poll in 2013. Vorster helped the Rainbow Wahine, as they earned back-to-back Big West titles in 2012 and 2013.

Vorster graduated from Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Fla., in 2011. She received all-state honorable mention honors as a junior, and was selected to the 2010 Florida state all-star match. Her team won the 6A state championship in 2008, while winning the metro title in 2010. She holds Timber Creek's single-season records in aces and blocks. Vorster was salutatorian of her graduating class and appeared on the principal's list all four years.