Liberty volleyball first-year head coach Trevor Johnson and his staff have announced the addition of four student-athletes to the team's 2019 roster. Rajini Fitzmaurice, Caitie Mueller, Krissy O'Malley and Abby Phillips have all signed commitments to attend Liberty and play volleyball beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.
"I'm very excited about the incoming class!" Johnson said. "They will bring athleticism and a youthful spirit to the Liberty campus. They have all played at some of the top club programs from coast to coast, and have been trained at a very high level by some of the top club coaches in the country. I'm excited for the future of the Flames! With the current team and our new class, the Liberty Volleyball program will be fun to watch for years to come!"
Rajini Fitzmaurice (OH, 5-8, Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary High School) Rajini Fitzmaurice comes to Liberty as a standout outside hitter from Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Fla. She was a two-time team MVP at Lake Mary, totaling 484 kills over her first two years of high school. A second team all-conference selection in 2016, she recorded 274 kills and 176 digs as a sophomore. During her junior and senior years, she has trained exclusively with Top Select Volleyball Academy in Orlando, Fla.
"Rajini is one of the best undersized outsides in the class of 2019," Johnson said. "She is very competitive and loves to train in the gym. She has a tremendous volleyball IQ and she sees the game at a high level. Rajini is very athletic and is skilled at all aspects of the game."
Caitie Mueller (S, 5-11, San Clemente, Calif./JSerra Catholic High School) Caitie Mueller joins the Lady Flames as a setter from San Clemente, Calif. She currently is in her senior year at JSerra Catholic High School. Mueller is a team leader, as she is a four-year letterwinner, three-time team captain, two-time team MVP and two-time scholar-athlete. As a senior, she led the Trinity League with 507 assists. In club volleyball, Mueller plays for TStreet Volleyball Club, where she has competed in Junior Nationals, helping the team to a fifth-place finish in 2017.
"Caitie comes to us from another top club program in Southern California in TStreet Volleyball Club," Johnson said. "Caitie will also add depth to our setting position and will push our setters every day in the gym. Caitie will be an extremely hard worker and will be dedicated to being the best version of herself. Caitie is a great leader both on and off the court."
Krissy O'Malley (S, 5-9, Vienna, Va./Flint Hill School) Krissy O'Malley has helped Flint Hill School to three VISAA 1A State titles (2015, 2017, 2018), four conference titles and four Metro City championships. During her junior year, Flint Hill went 35-0, earning a No. 1 ranking in the Washington Post and No. 14 nationally in MaxPreps. A four-time first team all-conference and all-state setter, she was named the 2018 VISAA 1A State Player of the Year, leading the Metro Area with 880 assists while adding 67 aces and 188 digs. O'Malley was listed among Prep Volleyball's Frosh 59 and Sophomore 79.
"Krissy is a skilled setter that can locate on the run very well," Johnson said. "She also has been a part of a successful club, and she led her high school team to three state championships. Krissy will push our setters right away. Krissy is very coachable and very competitive. Krissy had a sister that attended Liberty and has a big heart for Liberty University."
Abby Phillips (OH, 5-8, Encinitas, Calif./Santa Fe Christian School) Abby Phillips, an outside hitter from Encinitas, Calif., has spearheaded a strong Sante Fe Christian School team that has won three CIF championships. A four-year letterwinner, and two-time team captain, Phillips totaled a career-high 309 kills and 32 aces as a junior. She was named a first team all-league selection in 2017 and 2018 and also received a San Diego Union Tribune Athlete of the Week honor. She is also a standout in track & field, holding three school records. Her older brother, Caleb Phillips, is a redshirt freshman linebacker at Stanford.
"Abby is very athletic and will be fun for our fans to watch." Johnson said. "It is not hard for her to get off the ground! She can fly! Abby is also a California State finalist high jumper as well. She comes from Southern California and a very good volleyball club in Wave Volleyball Club. Abby had an uncle who attended Liberty and it has been great to see how the Lord has used that experience to help get her here. Abby has a big heart for others, and her love for the Lord is evident with how she interacts with everyone."
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