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Liberty Volleyball Announces Addition of Six Student-Athletes
Liberty volleyball head coach Shane Pinder and his coaching staff have announced the addition of six student-athletes to the Lady Flames' 2012 squad. Haley Jeffcoat, Monica Johnson, Allie Reynolds, Kimberlyn Schindler, Brooke Schneider and Caila Stapleton have signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2012-13 academic year.
"I'm excited about this year's class. It's a very talented group, which will bring us depth and athleticism at some positions," Pinder said. "Graduating four seniors this year, we have holes to fill in different areas. We're really excited about the size, speed and athleticism of this class as a whole. All of these athletes are great fits for Liberty."
Haley Jeffcoat (OH, 5-9, Racine, Wisc.)
Jeffcoat will be the first Lady Flame to hail from the state of Wisconsin during the program's Division I era. She helped lead Saint Catherine's Catholic High School to three straight conference titles, including an undefeated, state championship season in 2010. A three-time WVCA All-State player, she was named All-State first team following her junior and senior seasons.
Jeffcoat has recorded over 1,500 career kills, and was mentioned on PrepVolleyball's Frosh 50 in 2008 and on the Soph 79 in 2009. She was named Midwest Classic Conference Player of the Year and the county player of the year by Racine Journal Times.
"Haley has been the go-to attacker on every team that she's played on," Pinder said. "She is a great serve-receive player, and a great defender. She is a very competitive player. We're excited about her coming in and instantly competing for a position."
"I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to coach Haley these last four seasons," Saint Catherine's head volleyball coach Katie Olson said. "Her work ethic, along with her amazing gift, is truly unique. She is driven, and you see it as soon as she steps on the court. Athletes like her do not come around that often."
Monica Johnson (RS, 5-10, Niceville, Fla.)
Johnson, a right-side attacker from Niceville High School, brings size and athleticism on the attack and on defense. A left-handed player, she has been a four-year letterwinner for Niceville, aiding the team to district championships in 2009 and 2010, including a state semifinal appearance during her junior campaign.
As a sophomore, Johnson was named to the Small School All-Area first team, before being tabbed a Big School All-Area second team selection the following season. This season, she has earned all-tournament honors, along with a spot on the Subway All-Star Team. She was named the NFVA Elite 17 Co-MVP in 2010.
"Monica plays really high above the net," Pinder said. "She's very athletic and very fast in transition. With her blocking ability, she is going to create some issues for outside attackers in this league. I think Monica is someone who is going to be really physical over time, and she's a lefty."
"Monica Johnson is a very talented student-athlete," Niceville High School head volleyball coach Jill Benson said. "She possesses a big jump, raw power and an excellent work ethic. She strives to succeed both on and off the court. I'm very excited to see what Monica can do at the next level because, for her, the sky is the limit."
Allie Reynolds (DS/L, 5-6, Locust Grove, Va.)
Reynolds has started all four years for Chancellor High Scholl. She has helped her team to four straight District regular-season and tournament championships. Reynolds was named the District Player of the Year this season, her third mention on the All-District team.
Chancellor qualified for the AA state final four in 2008, with Reynolds starting at libero as a freshman. As a junior, she earned second-team all-Region honors. Reynolds also has played club volleyball for Fredericksburg Juniors, Richmond Volleyball Club and Metro American Volleyball Club.
"Allie Reynolds is a very athletic individual, as she was a former gymnast," Pinder said. "Allie has great range of motion; she's a playmaker. She is a very good, tenacious defender. Allie is only going to make us stronger on defense."
"Allie is a fierce competitor who plays her best when the pressure is on," Chancellor High head coach Bob Walsh, Jr. said. "She has the adept ability to read and react faster than anyone else on the court and brings a sense of consistency and calmness to her teammates. They (Liberty) are not only getting an outstanding volleyball player, but an even better person."
Kimberlyn Schindler (OH, 5-10, Newport News, Va.)
Schindler fashioned a standout four-year career at Denbigh Baptist High School. A four-year Metro volleyball All-Conference member, Schindler earned Metro MVP honors during her junior and senior seasons. She has been named to the Division 2 VISAA All-State team in 2009 and 2010, earning all-tournament team mention as a junior.
While at Denbigh Baptist, she has recorded over 1,200 career kills. She was tabbed a MaxPreps player of the week twice this season. Schindler was also a member of all-conference squads in basketball and soccer. Additionally, her father, Stephen Schindler, competed in soccer at Liberty from 1983-85.
"Kimberlyn Schindler is an outside attacker," Pinder said. "She started out as a swimmer. She's someone who we feel has a ton of potential. Kimberlyn is a physical attacker, and is going to be able to do some serve-receive and play defense for us as well."
"Kimber has been a dynamic force on our team. Her power and explosiveness is unique and makes every play a potential highlight," Denbigh Baptist head volleyball coach Greg Hardy said. "In recent years, her excitement in the Lord Jesus Christ has channeled her drive and focus to use her abilities for the glory of God. She will be sorely missed but we are all excited to see Kimber transition to the next level."
Brooke Schneider (OH/RS, 6-1, Winchester, Va.)
Schneider has contributed to a highly-successful Sherando High School volleyball program. While at Sherando, Schneider has been a part of four straight district regular-season titles and two district tournament championships. She led the district with 115 blocks as a sophomore middle blocker.
She moved to the outside hitter position during her junior season, and was named to the first team on both the All-District and All-Area squads. This year, Schneider has recorded a career-best two 20-kill matches. She played club volleyball for the NVVA Select Travel club as a sophomore.
"Brooke Schneider can play multiple positions," Pinder said "She's about 6-feet tall, with pretty good jump. She is a great fit for Liberty, and wants to be a part of the program. She has the mindset that she's going to come in and try to, over her time here, fight for a position."
"Brooke has gone through a growth process with us and she has made herself into a great volleyball player," Sherando High School head volleyball coach Charles Ashby said. "Now, we turn her over to Coach Pinder and his coaching staff to make her an excellent player. The team is proud of her and we hope to see her when we come to camp and playing on the court. We wish her the best of luck in the future."
Caila Stapleton (S, 6-0, Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Stapleton played for three-time state champion Warner Christian Academy. She competed on the varsity team during its 1A state championship season in 2009, and started at setter for the team that won the state title the following season.
This season, Stapleton was selected as a top 25 player in Central Florida, and a player to watch in Volusia County. She was named third-team All-District as a junior. Stapleton earned All-America mention in the 17U club division at 2011 AAU Nationals.
"Caila Stapleton is about a six-foot setter, which kind of keeps up with what we've had recently," Pinder said "She has great delivery on the ball, and can really run a fast offense. Caila is going to bring great size and speed to the position. We expect her to come in right away and really bring great competition to the position."
The Lady Flames (16-11, 11-1 Big South), lead the Big South standings with two regular season matches remaining. Liberty concludes the regular season schedule this weekend, competing at Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Liberty will compete in the 2011 Big South Volleyball Championship, hosted by Charleston Southern in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 17-20. The winner of the Big South Championship earns the conference's automatic qualifying bid to the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.