The Liberty volleyball program has received national recognition this week, as its incoming freshman class was honored by PrepVolleyball.com.
Liberty's Class of 2019 was given High Honorable Mention among PrepVolleyball.com's list of top recruiting classes. This is the first time in program history that the Liberty volleyball team has been cited for having one of the top incoming classes in the nation. PrepVolleyball named its top 30 classes, followed by 25 "Highest Honorable Mention" and 52 "High Honorable Mention" programs.
The Lady Flames' incoming freshmen class includes Rajini Fitzmaurice, Caitie Mueller, Krissy O'Malley and Abby Phillips. Additionally, Coach Johnson has announced the addition of transfer junior libero Macy Phillips, who spent the last two years on the roster of the Florida Gators.
"It's a great honor," said Liberty Volleyball Head Coach Trevor Johnson. "I think it is a testament to all of the hard work my assistants have been putting in, especially on the recruiting trail. God continues to be the head recruiter of this program. The future looks very bright for Liberty volleyball."
Liberty is one of three ASUN programs to appear on PrepVolleyball's list, joining FGCU and Kennesaw State.
Incoming Transfer Macy Phillips (L, 5-7, Merritt Island, Fla./Merritt Island Christian School (Florida)) Macy Phillips will bring SEC playing experience to Liberty, transferring after spending the last two seasons as a backup libero at Florida. During her freshman year, the Gators finished as runners-up in the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.
A four-year letterwinner at Merritt Island Christian School, Phillips named the 2016 Florida Space Coast All-Star MVP. Competing for Top Select Volleyball Academy, she was named a 2016 AAU Nationals All-American. Phillips played for the USAV A2 Junior National Team in 2016.
Incoming Freshman Class 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.
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.
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.
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. "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!"
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