BUCKHANNON, W.Va. - This is by far one of the best overall recruiting classes, Wesleyan volleyball has seen in a long time. Each of the fourteen incoming individuals brings something great to our program. We have competitive, driven, aggressive, kind-hearted, dedicated, passionate individuals, and so much more that make up one amazing recruiting class. Adding these young women to the Bobcat volleyball program to the already goal-oriented returners, Wesleyan will have a very competitive group. These incoming student-athletes fit in perfectly with the styles and personalities of our returning group. The 2013 class will challenge our returners and will make our team stronger and tougher during practice and during competition. The returners really played a huge role with this recruiting class; each player made efforts to get to know each recruit. Most of the 2013 class felt a part of the program before leaving a campus visit. We are so excited to start workouts and competition in the Mountain East Conference and in the region.
Alexis Walsh is an incoming libero from Marietta High School interested in Wesleyan's Exercise Science major. During Lexi's term at Marietta she received personal awards for being the most dedicated and most athletic on her high school program. She received honors for All-District 2nd Team and All-District Honorable Mention during her final two years at Marietta. Alexis will graduate with honors and is a member of the National Honor Society. During Alexis's high school career her volleyball team won the league four straight years, made it to district semi-finals and one season accomplished a 25-1 record, a Marietta best. Aside from her success on the volleyball court, Alexis contributed to the success of her high school basketball program (district contenders all four years) and made district finals twice competing with track in the 200m and 4x100m.
GET TO KNOW ALEXIS:
Favorite Celebrity: Johnny Depp and Will Ferrell
Favorite Athlete: Kerri Walsh
Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Lexi says the best part about Wesleyan is….."how friendly all of the people associated with it are."
Lexi selected Wesleyan because…."the team is awesome, it has my major, and I fell in love with the school."
Coach Murphy on Alexis Walsh: "Lexi is a competitor with everything she does; we watched Lexi practice one day and she was relentless on playing defense. She pushes herself day in and day out to be the best she can be and is extremely self-motivated. After talking a few times with Lexi, it was clear how much she loves to compete in anything and everything she does, whether it is volleyball, basketball, academics or anything else in life. Alexis came highly recommended by our women's soccer coach, Patrick Holguin and it is a perfect fit for both her and us. Lexi fits in great with our team dynamic and her work ethic. Lexi will challenge those around her to be better, whilst competing for a spot on the floor. Her serve will be difficult to pass and her serve receive will be even more difficult to stress. In practice and in matches, Lexi will make attackers work for each and every attack."
Haley Caudell, an exercise science major from Smithsburg, Maryland. Haley is was a part of four 1A State Championships during her time in high school. She was named 1st Team All County and 1st Team All-MVAL in 2012 along with 2nd Team accomplishments in 2011. Haley also excelled outside of the volleyball court in many ways. She was the National Honor Society President, the SGA Vice-President, a Triple Threat Award winner four times, lettered in Unified Bocce Ball for three years and lettered in track four years, including a 1A State Championship in 2010. Haley is a member of the 1800 Club and has been on the honor roll for each semester of her high school career.
GET TO KNOW HALEY:
Favorite Sports Team: Baltimore Ravens
Haley thinks the best part about Wesleyan is ……….. "the close-knit family atmosphere."
Haley chose WVWC because ……………"I like the school's mission statement of combining faith and a liberal arts education, and when I visited the college, the faculty, coaches, and team made me feel informed and welcomed."
Coach Murphy on Haley Caudell: "Haley has such a contagious personality. When she visited campus, she was an instant hit with her positivity and work-hard attitude. When she participated in a workout, you could see her passion for the sport. Haley adds depth to our middle blocker positions. She is strong and very versatile; she can run multiple sets and adjusts well to the flow of the game. With her strength, competitive attitude, and work ethic, Haley will be a dominating player for the Wesleyan Volleyball program. We are so excited that Haley is going to play for Wesleyan next fall and over her four years. She will help us succeed. "
Katlyn Hoge, a libero from West Allegheny High school, will be a biology major at West Virginia Wesleyan College next fall. A captain, her senior season, Katlyn helped her high school program to a 3rd place at States in 2011, a State runner-up finish in 2010 and participated in the Terrific 21's Match for 2012. She lettered in softball for two seasons and is a member of the National Honors Society, a member of the Key Club and a participant in the National Society of High School Scholars.
GET TO KNOW KATLYN:
Favorite Food: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Favorite Celebrity: Channing Tatum
Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Katlyn thinks the best part about Bobcat Volleyball is………."my teammates."
Katlyn chose WVWC because…………… "I felt at home."
Coach Murphy on Katlyn Hoge: "Katlyn comes from a dominating high school and club program for Western Pennsylvania. She has been taught technique, discipline and has played a very high level for the past four years. We have watched Katlyn a few times and each time we have seen a player who refuses to let the ball hit the floor. She reads exceptionally well and takes control of the back court. Her ability to cover so much area so quickly is going to make us so much better in practice and when we compete. Katlyn is fearless playing defense and plays as many balls as she possibly can. Her serve receive, ball control and team-first mentality will help her be the dominating libero we know she can be."
Aspen Weber, a transfer outside, from Edinboro, PA will join our nursing program in the fall. Aspen accomplished many things during her high school career. In 2011, Aspen was the Preseason Player of the Year and made 1st team All-District. In 2009 she was 1st team All-Region, 2nd team All-District and in 2010 she was 1st team All-District and the Region Player of the Year. Aspen is going to be a two-sport athlete at WVWC, playing volleyball in the fall and competing with track in the spring.
GET TO KNOW ASPEN:
Favorite Celebrity: Kristen Stewart
Favorite Sports Team: New York Yankees
Hobbies: Volleyball, track, snowboarding and just having fun
Aspen chose WVWC because….."The entire environment of the school made me feel right at home, along with the people – specifically the volleyball team. Also, Wesleyan offers a very good nursing program."
Aspen thinks the best part about Bobcat volleyball is…….. "The team and coaches – they are one big happy family, and always support one another."
Coach Murphy on Aspen Weber: "We are lucky to get Aspen for the remainder of her collegiate career. We started recruiting Aspen a few months too late; she had already made her decision early in her high school senior season. We are lucky that we got a second chance. She will compete with the outside attackers for a spot on the floor. Aspen has a strong heavy arm and a good vertical; she has so many shots and has a very high level of volleyball IQ. We will look to utilize Aspen's strengths throughout the season. She has great ball control and will probably have the best top-spin jump serves on the team, if not in the MEC. At her previous school, Aspen was used as a serving specialist and really excelled with her serve. Aspen has the ability to serve multiple ways with accuracy and speed. "
Hannah Moore is an outside attacker from Altoona, Pennsylvania who will major in Business Management at Wesleyan. Hannah was a 1st team All-State selection this past season and is currently dominating the club scene by helping Horseshoe VBC win three club tournaments. Hannah comes from an athletic family; her father played basketball at Penn State-Altoona in college.
GET TO KNOW HANNAH:
Favorite Food: Buffalo Chicken
Favorite Athlete: Sydney Crosby
Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Hannah chose Wesleyan because…….. "The people are amazing and I know that the teachers will work with me and know me on a personal level."
Hannah thinks the best part about WVWC is………………"The beautiful campus and the nice people."
Hannah thinks the best part about the Bobcat Volleyball program is……….."They are like a family which is how my high school team was."
Coach Murphy on Hannah: "Hannah brings so much to the table. She hits a hard, heavy ball when she swings and puts some pace with it. She has the ability to hit multiple different sets and is willing to play wherever she needs to be. She has a work hard attitude with a selfless mentality. Hannah has all of it together and impressed us at her workout this past spring. One time during a conversation, Hannah mentioned that playing defense is her favorite part of the game which is absolutely wonderful. She is going to fit in great with the program; she understands the work needed to be put in to compete at the MEC level and wants to achieve a high level of success. Hannah will make us better in games and in day-to-day activities."
Kelsey Crowe, a middle blocker from Bolivar, Ohio is a nursing major. Kelsey will be a two-sport athlete at Wesleyan, competing with the volleyball program as well as the track and field squad. Kelsey was a two-year Varsity Letter Winner receiving 1st team All-PAC in 2011 and 2012 and was awarded Best Defense for her squad and had the single season most blocks on the team two years in a row. Her high school teams were three time PAC champions, three time District champions, and appeared in the Ohio State Final Four Tournament. Kelsey was also a four year track letter winner, regional qualifier and awarded 1st team All-PAC during her track and field seasons.
GET TO KNOW KELSEY:
Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese bites from Sheetz
Favorite Celebrity: Miley Cyrus
Hobbies: spending time with her nephew/godson and hanging out with best friends
Kelsey says the best part about Wesleyan is….."How it feels like a home away from home."
Kelsey says the best part about Bobcat Volleyball is….."all of the amazing girls that are now my teammates."
Coach Murphy on Kelsey: "Kelsey comes from a high level of volleyball in the state of Ohio. She is a natural athlete who jumps extremely well and is very quick for being a middle blocker. She closes blocks well and moves quickly side to side. Kelsey is going to make each attacker in practice; attackers will be forced to attack around her dominating block. A natural athlete, Kelsey will quickly adapt to the pace of the game and will compete for a spot on the floor. Kelsey was an instant hit at Wesleyan; the team felt a connection right away with her; she was an immediate member of the program. Kelsey is a great addition to our program over the next four years and will help our track program out immensely. We are excited to see what Kelsey does each year."
Emily Dewitt, is a utility player from Morgantown, WV. Emily is joining her sister, Hillary a member of the women's soccer program at Wesleyan. A nursing major, Emily comes in strong academically and athletically. She is a member of the National Honors Society and Mu Alpha Theta, and her high school team placed second at sectionals. She is also a WVWC Presidential award winner and a recipient of the Promise scholarship and the Mason Crickard Scholarship.
GET TO KNOW EMILY:
Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite Celebrity: Channing Tatum
Hobbies: reading, soccer, watching movies
Emily chose Wesleyan because…. "The five year master's program for nursing and how close it is to home."
Emily thinks the best part about Bobcat Volleyball is….."How welcoming and helpful the players and coaches are."
Coach Murphy on Emily: "Emily seemed to fit in right away with Wesleyan and everything it has to offer. She has set her goals and ambitions and is willing to work hard for them. She knows her career path and selected Wesleyan because of how well-known our nursing program and how much it will help her towards her goals. Volleyball was lucky to grab her. A great person, Emily brings heart and smarts to our volleyball program. She is a quick learner who is willing to put in time and effort to be better and to make her teammates better. Emily will play a variety of positions for us her freshman year, but we imagine her ending up as an outside or a defensive specialist over the course of her time at WVWC."
Stacie Baumann, is an outside hailing from Gahanna Lincoln High School. She brings a long list of accomplishments such as the following: All-District 2nd team twice, All-Conference 2nd Team in 2012, All-Conference Honorable mention in 2011, honor roll participant, and a National Honor Society member. Stacie has been an intricate part of the District Runner-ups for her high school program in 2009 and 2012 as well as finished 3rd at Big South National Qualifier and 3rd at Northeast National Qualifier for club.
GET TO KNOW STACIE:
Favorite Athlete: Kerri Strug
Hobbies: Boating, sailing, and playing cards
Favorite Sports Team: Ohio State Football team
Stacie mentioned the best part about Bobcat Volleyball is……."I love how welcoming and close the girls are. They seem like a family. Also, they are hard-working and have the desire to win, which goes along with Coach Murphy's emphasis on discipline and hustle."
Stacie selected Wesleyan because….."The strong academics with a volleyball program that fits me. After being on campus it just felt right. When I visited other schools I didn't feel at home the way I do at Wesleyan."
Coach Murphy on Stacie: "I had the chance to watch Stacie at a showcase back in December. Everything about Stacie fits in great with our program. Watching her, I noticed how well she communicates with her teammates. She sees the floor well and has such a positive attitude towards anyone around her. Stacie brings shot selection to our outside position as well as really great ball control with serve receive and defense. When she worked out at Wesleyan, she was non-stop encouraging with complete strangers (who are now her teammates) and communicated extremely well during her workout. Stacie is going to be fun to watch over her four years at Wesleyan; I think she is going to change our team just by stepping on the floor every day in practice and during matches."
Lacey Pettry, from Orgas, West Virginia is going to be a biology major. In high school, Lacey's team was Sectional Runner-ups, Regional Champions, and made it to the first round of the state tournament. Lacey was a member of the 1st Team All Coal Field Conference. Besides being a volleyball player, Lacey was a member of Hi-Y, Partner's Club, Student Council, Raze, and Skills USA. Academically, Lacey has earned many honors while at Sherman High School; she is a member of HOSA, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and Math Field Day (both regionally and county). She is also a WVWC Presidential award winner and a recipient of the Promise scholarship and the Mason Crickard Scholarship
GET TO KNOW LACEY:
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Favorite Athlete: Destinee Hooker
Hobbies: Church, playing the guitar, and basketball
Lacey selected WVWC because…."The small size and academic opportunities."
Lacey said the best part about Wesleyan is…."The feeling of being at home when I'm miles away from home."
Coach Murphy on Lacey: "Lacey visited campus as a junior and then again a few times during her senior year of high school. Each time that I met with her, she continued to impress me with her love for life and her generosity towards others. Due to a high school injury, Lacey will be our manager for the 2013. Even though she can't compete, we wanted Lacey to be a contributing member of our program over the next four years. Her optimistic attitude and general concern for others impressed me so much during each conversation. Lacey is going to impact so many different people during her lifetime including those on the Wesleyan Volleyball team and the Wesleyan community. She is independent and self-motivated, which is going to carry her so far in life. We are so excited to have Lacey join our program for the next four years."
Rachel Smith is a middle blocker from Sewickley, PA and is looking to be a public relations major. A member of the Quaker Valley volleyball program, Rachel was a three year letter winner and in her final season helped her team make it to playoffs. Rachel was an All-Sections member her junior and senior years and made the All-Tournament team her senior season. A true athlete, Rachel was a three sport athlete in high school, competing in softball and basketball.
GET TO KNOW RACHEL:
Favorite Food: The whole Chick-fil-a menu
Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Family members who competed collegiately: Father, Victor played football at Dartmouth, Step-Father, Bob played football at Carnegie Mellon, and Bianca, her sister played softball and cheered at Dartmouth
Hobbies: reading, playing sports, eating, sleeping and going out with friends
Rachel picked WVWC because……"I like the small campus, the people, and the education. It seems like I can learn there and there aren't a lot of distractions around campus."
Rachel mentioned that the best part about Wesleyan is….."The spirit."
Coach Murphy on Rachel: "Rachel was a late find in our recruiting season, but we are so glad she decided to play at Wesleyan. Coming recommended from an alumni living in Pittsburgh, Rachel visited campus and was an instant hit. She is so athletic and strong that she will make us a better team. During her workout this past spring, Rachel hit the ten-foot line roughly every third ball. She adapted quick to our suggestions and made noticeable efforts to do the changes we gave her. Rachel is going to challenge those around her from the start of her freshman year but is humble and eager to learn from her upper classmen for experience and game knowledge. A true competitor, nothing seems to keep Rachel out of the game. She once told me she was upset she had to sit out of a basketball game and when I asked Rachel why, she simply answered "because I broke my nose in the last game and the doctors won't let me go for a few days." Rachel just loves to compete and brings the hard work to practice to earn the chance to play. It will be so interesting to watch her play her next four years."
Sarah Liller is a chemistry major, hailing from Moorefield, West Virginia. A East Hardy High School graduate, Sarah was a contributing member of the PVC champions, Sectional Champions, and Regional Champions, along with assisting in a victory for the first round of the WV state tournament. Sarah's high school team gave her the title of "Most Aggressive Player" and she is the record holder for Most Points Scored in a game. Sarah's high school accomplishments don't stop at volleyball; she is the John Orndorff Leadership award recipient, Math League High Scorer, National Honor Society participant, and was on the Superior Honor Roll each of her four years at East Hardy. Sarah Liller's academic status has helped her earn the Presidential Scholarship at Wesleyan, the WV Promise Scholarship and the Mason Crickard Scholarship.
GET TO KNOW SARAH:
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Hobbies: Volleyball, softball, hunting, fishing, farming, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family
Sarah feels the best part about Bobcat Volleyball is………"the closeness of the team. Everyone is very inviting and helpful in every aspect. They pull and push each other to be the very best."
Sarah decided to attend WVWC because……….."it feeds all of my needs, academically and athletically. They have acceptance rates into medical schools across the country and are known for their standards and expectations."
Coach Murphy on Sarah Liller: "Sarah has demonstrated so many great qualities over the few months that I have known Sarah. She moves extremely well on the court, has a low passing form and is quick moving to the ball. Sarah Liller is competitive and has this noticeable strong urge to be the best. Sarah is going to be a utility player her first year until we find the right position for her. She can play so many different roles and we are excited to use her in that capacity. She has such a positive outlook on life and has so much passion for anything she does with her time, whether it's on the volleyball court, in the classroom, or being a friend.. Sarah has a personality that can bring the best out in those around her. Simply stated, she just brightens everyone's day. Sarah understands the value of working hard and how it pays off eventually. We hope that she continues to bring her competitive work-hard attitude over her four years."
Paulina Nottingham, a setter is a nursing major from Champaign, Illinois. Paulina comes from a stellar high school career; she was 1st Team All-Big 12 Conference, All-Area Honorable Mention and lettered on varsity for three years. Her high school team placed 3rd at States in 2012, they were the Nike Crossroads Classic Tournament Champions, won the Big 12 Title and won the Charger Invite tournament. Coming from an intense club, Paulina and her squad placed 22nd at Nationals in 2012. Outside of volleyball, Paulina has been awarded various awards such as Senior Scholar Athlete, Big 12 Scholar Athlete, IHSA Scholastic Achievement recipient for three years and has is a member of the National Honor Society.
GET TO KNOW PAULINA:
Favorite Athlete: Deron Williams
Favorite Celebrity: Chad Michael Murray
Family Athletes: Her father, Gary played basketball and baseball at neighboring Glenville State College
Favorite Food: Any type of pasta
Paulina selected Wesleyan because……."I immediately fell in love with the campus and the people; I wanted to continue playing volleyball at the collegiate level and couldn't see myself anywhere else."
Paulina mentioned the best part about WVWC is….."the welcoming and comforting environment and the people."
Coach Murphy on Paulina: "Paulina reminds me so much of rising senior Casey Pattyn; she puts her teammates first and really looks out for everyone. When talking to Paulina, she is interested in the success of others and has such a genuine want to see others succeed. When we first met Paulina in the fall, we were blown away by her dedication, her personality and her overall passion for helping others. Paulina comes from such a great high school and club program that she can be a leader right away for our team. Her IQ for the game of volleyball is a great advantage for us; she'll be able to learn our offense quickly and has the capability to help others adjust to our style of play. She adds depth to our setter position and will compliment current setter Casey Pattyn extremely well. Paulina is knowledgeable, competitive, hardworking, and able to get the job done, all while having a smile on her face and making others laugh. We are so excited to see her play next year and all of the rest of the years."
Lindsay Caldwell is joining fellow Illini Elite player, Paulina next fall at Wesleyan. Lindsay is an outside attacker from Bloomington, Illinois. During Lindsay's high school career, she has a list of accomplishments including: Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention, Normal West Varsity Award, a two time Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, and a two time Scholastic Achievement Award winner. Her high school team was the 2012 Regional Champions and her club team placed 9th at AAU nationals in Florida. Lindsay's club program, Illini Elite, is nationally recognized as one of the tougher club teams in the United States.
GET TO KNOW LINDSAY:
Favorite Food: Pancakes
Favorite Celebrity: Sandra Bullock
Lindsay picked Wesleyan because….."it felt like the perfect fit on my visit. I love how important academics are even when you are an athlete and how helpful the staff and students are."
Lindsay's said the best part about Bobcat Volleyball is…."how close the team is and how competitive it seems. The team is like one big family which I love on and off the court. I also love that the volleyball team is looked highly on for academic achievements and maintaining a high GPA."
Coach Murphy on Lindsay: "Lindsay is going to turn heads when she competes during her four years at Wesleyan. Lindsay has a great court sense and moves very smoothly across the floor. Her ball control will give her the chance to compete with others as a six rotation player. While watching Lindsay play this past semester, we have seen so much potential; she impressed us with her first ball contact and continued to do impress us her entire workout. Lindsay jumps well and has a very high attacking IQ. Combine her IQ with her array of shots and quick snap, Lindsay brings a deadly front row attack. Coming out of club, Lindsay has been the primary outside, but has played multiple positions throughout this season which gives her a huge advantage. She understands at different positions and works hard to be the best possible wherever she is placed. We are extremely glad that Lindsay will be a bobcat during her four years."
Hayley Pioch, is an outside attacker from Glen Daniel, West Virginia and will study biology while at Wesleyan. Hayley has a goal to attend the Naval Academy after her four years at Wesleyan and join their dentistry program. An interesting side-note, Hayley is graduating high school a year early; she was able to complete her high school requirements in three years while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. During her three year high school career, Hayley lettered all three years, was member of the All-Coalfield Conference team and a 2nd Team representative, participated in the WV North-South game, and placed 2nd for the AA WV High School State Tournament. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Summa Cum Laude and is currently ranked 5th in the 2013 graduating class of Liberty High School.
GET TO KNOW HAYLEY:
Hobbies: Cycling, kickboxing, and dancing
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Athlete: Destinee Hooker and Pat White
Family Athletes: Her Father, William, was a member of the Power Lifting Club at fellow MEC opponent, Concord University
Hayley chose Wesleyan because….."it was a perfect fit for me. I was excited just seeing the beautiful campus when I arrived there for a visit. It's not too far from home, but far enough to endure the whole college experience. It holds the perfect academic program for me, PLUS the opportunity to play for such a wonderful volleyball team is a dream come true."
Hayley says the best part about WVWC is….."the campus. It lies within a small town and holds a beautiful campus with a lot of new renovations, educational buildings, as well as new housing facilities. A small campus was exactly what I was looking for."
Coach Murphy on Hayley: "Hayley was a late but very fortunate grab for us. After talking with Hayley, anyone can see how dedicated and involved she is with anything she does. Willing to put in hard work to accomplish her goals, she has her dreams and aspirations mapped out. Hayley is very inspirational when I spoke with her and anyone who has a conversation is enlightened and will see things much differently. On the court, Hayley is aggressive and hits a heavy ball when she attacks. She is agile and has the ability to attack inside balls off one foot; something we love for our student-athletes to do. Hayley adjusts well to sets and betters the ball with each time she contacts the ball. She adds depth to our outside position and positivity to our squad."