BOWLING GREEN, Ky.— The 2014 signing class for Western Kentucky University volleyball was recently named a top-30 recruiting by PrepVolleyball.com, adding to the accolades already received by a heralded recruiting class.
Comprised of a Fab 50 selection, two PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans and an Academic All-American, WKU head coach Travis Hudson calls this group of talent the best class in WKU volleyball history. With size, athleticism and skill in many different areas, the five Lady Topper recruits each comes to Bowling Green from a winning background with a ton of big-game experience.
“We are obviously very excited for our recruiting class to be recognized nationally,” Hudson said. “A lot of credit goes to my assistant coach, Kristi Griffin, as she worked very hard on the recruiting side of things and has done a terrific job. Now it’s our job to take this talent and make it productive on the court, and help these kids live up to the ranking they received on the front end.”
Alyssa Cavanaugh (5-10, RS/OH) hails from Assumption in Louisville, a perennial top-10 national program. An explosive hitter with a great combination of athleticism and competiveness, Cavanaugh was recently named to the Volleyball Magazine “Fab 50” list highlighting the top 50 high school recruits in the nation. She was also named a PrepVolleyball.com All-American, an Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America honoree and one of PrepVolleyball.com’s Senior Aces.
Jessica Lucas (5-10, S) joined the Lady Toppers as a mid-year enrollee and will be taking the reigns as setter for the 2014 season. The physical six-footer was named Highest Honorable Mention on the PrepVolleyball.com All-American list and to the 2012 AAU Junior National All-America team. Lucas comes to WKU after earning All-Conference, All-Area and team MVP all four years at nationally-ranked Seymour High School in Indiana. A First-Team All-State honoree, Lucas set the career assist record while guiding her team to the IHSAA Final Four in 2011 and Final Eight in 2012.
Sydney Engle’s (6-0, MB) Floyd Central team in Floyds Knobs, Ind., was also ranked in the PrepVolleyball.com national rankings. A long, athletic player with great quickness and lateral speed, the middle blocker’s All-State, All-Area and All-Conference performance was a big reason for their national success. She was also recently named to the Highest Honorable Mention list of PrepVolleyball.com’s High School Academic All-Americans.
Amara Listenbee (6-0, MB) from Beloit, Wis., and Jackie Scott (5-11, DS/OH), another PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace, round out this deep class, as both were integral players on their respective high school teams. Listenbee’s athleticism is one of the first things people will notice on the court, and Scott’s competitiveness will have her vying for a starting role right away. Scott’s All-State performance helped elevate her Lafayette Lady Lancers in the national rankings after a third-straight Missouri state title.
The group joins seven returners from a squad that went 27-6 overall and 17-1 with a regular-season title in the team’s last season in the Sun Belt Conference. The 2014 schedule will be released in the upcoming weeks along with WKU’s first slate of Conference USA action.
For a full list of the top-30 recruiting classes recognized along with those receiving honorable mentions, visit PrepVolleyball.com.
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