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Liberty Volleyball Signs Three for 2008

April 24, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Head coach Shane Pinder has signed five new volleyball players for the upcoming 2008 season. (Photo courtesy Duke Photography)

Head coach Shane Pinder has signed five new volleyball players for the upcoming 2008 season. (Photo courtesy Duke Photography)

The Liberty volleyball team was tabbed by as one of the nation's best digging teams in 2007, during the Lady Flames' Big South championship season. Head coach Shane Pinder wants to make sure his team continues its successful defensive play, as he announced the signing of three defensive specialists—Jordan Barlow, Kelly Haseman and Rebecca Warren—to national letters of intent for the 2008-09 academic year.

Liberty has now inked five incoming freshmen for the 2008 season. Courtney Boggs (S, 5-8, Marysville, Ohio) and Claire Jacobsma (RS, 6-1, Midland, Texas) signed with the Lady Flames in November.

Barlow (OH/DS, 5-10, Fairview, N.C.) is already familiar with Big South volleyball, as she plays for the Biltmore Volleyball Club, coached by UNC Asheville assistant Frederico Santos. At Asheville Christian Academy, she is a three-sport standout. In addition to helping her volleyball team win four consecutive state titles, Barlow also plays basketball and softball. She was an all-state volleyball player as a senior and was a two-time All-Carolinas Athletic Association pick. Barlow is also a National Honor Society member.

"Jordan played for a great high school team," noted Pinder. "So, she's used to winning. She has great ball control and is really athletic. Jordan plays the game well."

Haseman (L/DS, 5-8, Three Rivers, Mich.) comes to Liberty after helping lead Kalamazoo Christian to the Kalamazoo Valley Association volleyball title as a senior. This past season, the team captain tallied 529 digs and served up 48 aces, garnering honorable mention all-state honors. Haseman has also played for the Dead Frog travel team and the USA Michigan Runbird Girlz National travel team, which placed third at the USA Junior Invitational U-17 tournament. Haseman earned high school letters in volleyball, basketball and softball.

"Kelly also has great ball control," stated Pinder. "She is fast on defense and covers a lot of court. As a former setter, she has great hands. Kelly is very competitive and is great on serve receive. She will bring a lot to our program."

Warren (OH/DS, 5-11, Chesapeake, Va.) won a pair of first-team all-state distinctions at Greenbrier Christian Academy, where she started on the varsity volleyball team for five years. She was also a first-team all-conference player, and was named her squad's outstanding player of the year on three occasions. Warren plays for the Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club.

"Rebecca has a tough jump serve," Pinder explained. "That's an area where she may be able to help us out right away. She's very competitive and plays hard. Rebecca will be a great addition to our team."

Barlow, Haseman and Warren will join a Liberty team coming off a memorable 2007 season, which saw the Lady Flames win a program Division I-record 27 matches and claim their first Big South title since 2001. Liberty took a game at the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, before falling to Final Four qualifier Cal, 3-1.