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Anderson, Manor, Rollins Ink with Liberty VB

November 20, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Hannah Anderson, Erica Manor and Kendle Rollins have all signed national letters of intent for the 2009-10 academic year.

Hannah Anderson, Erica Manor and Kendle Rollins have all signed national letters of intent for the 2009-10 academic year.

One day before his team opens defense of its Big South title, Liberty Head Volleyball Coach Shane Pinder has announced the addition of three players to the Lady Flames' 2009 roster. Hannah Anderson, Erica Manor and Kendle Rollins have all signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2009-10 academic year.

Anderson (Rocklin, Calif.) is a 5-10 outside hitter from Rocklin High School. During her recently completed senior season, she led the Thunder to the Sierra Foothill League (SFL) championship and earned first-team All-SFL honors. The previous year, Anderson was an honorable mention All-SFL pick, as Rocklin reached the semifinals of the Nor Cal tournament.

"Hannah is a very athletic player on the outside, which is a position where we need some depth," noted Pinder. "She will come in as a freshman with one of the higher vertical jumps on our team. Hannah is a strong blocker on the left side and an explosive, physical attacker. She is an all-around player who will contribute a lot to our program."

"Hannah Anderson is a hard-working athlete who has improved her athletic ability tremendously over the last four years," stated Rocklin Head Volleyball Coach Dave Muscarella. "She is a fantastic person who will make a big contribution to Liberty University in more than just athletics. I am extremely excited for her to have this opportunity, and I know Hannah will make the best of it. "

Manor (Bunker Hill, W.Va.) just led Musselman High School to its first volleyball state title on Nov. 15, notching 38 kills and 20 digs in the championship match victory over Ripley. The 6-1 outside hitter finished her senior season with 747 kills and a .391 attack percentage. As a junior, she was a first-team all-state selection and The Journal's Volleyball Player of the Year, after leading the Applemen to a state runner-up finish.

"Erica is a strong player at the net, standing 6-1 with very long arms," explained Pinder. "She is an outside hitter who might be able to play multiple positions for us. She had a great high school career and, with her size and athleticism, will be a definite threat at outside hitter in the Big South Conference. She's a great fit for Liberty all the way around, and I expect Erica to have a very good career with the Lady Flames."

"Erica will go down as the most dominant player in Musselman volleyball history," observed Musselman Head Volleyball Coach Shawn Martz. "She will also be one of the top five volleyball players to come out of West Virginia."

Rollins (Lebanon, Ohio) was also part of a successful team this past season, as the Lebanon High School squad went 22-3, capturing the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) championship and a sectional title. A 6-0 middle blocker, Rollins earned first-team All-Ohio Division I accolades this past season. She was also the GWOC South Player of the Year and the District 15 Player of the Year as a senior.

"Kendle is a middle blocker, who will help us deal with the graduation of Ashley Webber (Sr., MB, Lakeside, Calif.)," expressed Pinder. "She's not quite as big as Ashley, but she plays big, as she is a good jumper with a big block. She is a good slide attacker who will be able to score all the way across the net. Kendle is versatile and could play multiple positions for us."

"Kendle has made great strides in the physical and mental part of her game and should make a major impact, not only as a freshman at Liberty but over the next four years," said Lebanon Head Volleyball Coach Tim Mersch.

Anderson, Manor and Rollins will join a Liberty team which is attempting to win back-to-back Big South titles for the first time in program history. The No. 1 seed Lady Flames will face No. 8 seed Gardner-Webb in the first round of the 2008 Big South Volleyball Championship, Friday at 5 p.m. at the Justice Center in Asheville, N.C.