Clockwise from top left: Kailey Macy, Jenna Culhan, Alexis Berrios, Amaya Williams and Kaitlyn Young will all join the Liberty volleyball team in 2017-18.
Liberty volleyball 13th-year head coach Shane Pinder and his staff have announced the addition of five student-athletes to the team's 2017 roster. Alexia Berrios, Jenna Culhan, Kailey Macy, Amaya Williams and Kaitlyn Young will join the Lady Flames starting in the Fall of 2017. "We are excited about the 2017 class," Pinder said. "It has multiple positions represented that are skilled and athletic. It is also exciting to follow up a very talented 2016 class with this group. The talent in the gym over next few years will bring about great competition and add to our depth. We are most excited about the character of the athletes and how they fit into our program's culture and the Liberty mission."
Alexis Berrios (DS/L, 5-2, Fayetteville, Ga./Starr's Mill High School) Alexis Berrios joins the Lady Flames as a defensive specialist/libero from Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville, Ga. A four-year letterwinner, she was named to the all-area team, and was the defensive player of the year in both 2015 and 2016. As a senior, she collected 656 digs, which ranked first in division 5A Area 3. She was also ranked eighth in the state of Georgia for total digs this season.
While competing for A5 South Volleyball Club, Berrios helped her team placed fifth at Nationals in 2015, while placing third at the Big South club tournament in both 2015 and 2016.
"Alexis is a DS/Libero who is very skilled," Pinder said. "She has good speed and range as a defender. She also has natural instincts to the ball that puts her in position to make plays."
Jenna Culhan (RS, 6-0, Boca Raton, Fla./Lake Worth Christian School) Jenna Culhan has been a standout on the right side for Lake Worth Christian School this year after spending her first three years of high school at Boca Raton High School. This year, she has been named CBS Player of the Week and Max Preps Florida Player of the Week. She is a three-time Palm Beach All-County selection, including first-team honors as a junior. In three out of the last four years, she has led her team to a district title.
Culhan played for two years on the Florida High Performance team, earning Bronze and Gold. Her club team has been to Junior Nationals every year she has played.
"Jenna is a right side attacker who is long, athletic and explosive," Pinder said. "We expect her to come in and compete right away. She is a big block with offensive range as an attacker."
Kailey Macy (MB, 6-4, Durham, N.C./Home School) Kailey Macy is a 6-4 middle blocker from Durham, N.C. A home-schooled student, Macy competes for Durham Flight Homeschool, where she was a four-year starter. She was named to the Eastern Regional All-Conference team during her first three years of high school, being named the Eastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2015. Macy was named to the all-star team and all-tournament team as a junior. Additionally, she was invited to represent North Carolina in the 2016 Down Under Games in Australia.
Macy has also competed for the Triangle Black squad in club volleyball.
"Kailey is a middle hitter that has great size and physicality," Pinder said. "As she continues to develop her speed and vision she will be a great blocker and offensive threat in our league."
Amaya Williams (S, 5-7, Raleigh, N.C./North Raleigh Christian Academy) Amaya Williams comes to Liberty as a setter from North Raleigh Christian Academy. She helped lead her team to back-to-back 3A NCISAA State titles as a junior and senior. Williams was named to the all-state team this season. She is a two-time all-conference performer as well. A three-year letterwinner, Williams was voted to the North Carolina Best of the Best All-Tournament team as a junior. She received the NRCA Impact Award and appeared on the JVA Watch List in 2015.
Williams played club volleyball for the Triangle Volleyball Club, as her Triangle 17 Black squad qualified for the Junior Nationals.
"Amaya is a very quick and dynamic setter," Pinder said. "Because of her speed, she can set balls from just about anywhere on the floor. She has a strong competitive drive and desire to win."
Kaitlyn Young (DS/L, 5-6, Bowie, Md./Bowie High School) Kaitlyn Young has excelled on the back row for Bowie High School. She is a four-year letterwinner who was named CTV Athlete of the Week once as a senior. Young helped Bowie High School win regional and county championships while also finishing as state semifinalist in both 2014 and 2015. As a sophomore, she was named to both PG Gazette and Washington Post All-Met honorable mention. She received a Maryland Athletic Association Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Award during her freshman season.
Young has also competed at the club level for Bay Area Volleyball Academy.
"Kaitlyn is DS/Libero who also is very skilled," Pinder said. "Much like Alexis she has good speed and instincts to the ball. They both are very good serve receive passers which will put our offense in position to score."
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