ISLANDER VOLLEYBALL INKS FIVE IN SPRING SIGNING CLASS

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball program got a boost on Wednesday morning when it completed the spring signing period with the addition of five new players.

Head coach Tony Graystone signed Isabelle Arcidiacono, Paige Hoffler, Amanda Lowe, Angela McAdams and Sarah Sanchez all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Islander athletic family.

Arcidiacono is a 6'0" outside hitter from Cedar Park High School. As a four-year letterman at Cedar Park, she helped her team to the bi-district finals her junior and senior seasons, compiling 374 kills and averaging 3.7 per game during her senior year. She was first team all-district, All-State, Hill Country News Dazzling Dozen and led Central Texas in service aces. She was also named second team all-district her sophomore year and honorable mention her freshman season.

"Isabella is going to score a lot of points as an Islander. She has a ton of talent and is eventually going to be a focal point of everything we do. Right now she is clearly an offensive player, but her blocking, defense and serve receive are not far behind. She is currently playing for one of the top club teams in the nation, and is going to come to us well prepared to compete for playing time. We could not have a signed an outside hitter more suited for our system and style of coaching." said Graystone

Hoffler is a 5'7" libero from Phoenix, Ariz. who will see early playing time for the Islanders. She attended Pinnacle High School where she was a three-year letterman and averaged 7.4 digs per set, the top mark in the entire state. She also led her team with 40 aces and 353 service receptions during the year. Following her senior season, she was named team MVP, First Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State. She helped her team qualify for the state playoffs all three years she was a member of the Pioneers squad and was also named team MVP after her junior season.

"Paige is a high energy, work hard libero who will contribute immediately as a freshman. One of our biggest priorities this off-season was to improve our ball control and play with more energy and focus. Paige will definitely help us accomplish those goals. She played high school ball for a former player of mine, and will come to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi knowing exactly how we train her position. Paige is going play a major role in our team getting in system more often and our offense becoming more efficient." said Graystone.

Lowe is a 6'0" middle blocker from Navarro Junior College and another player that will see action in her first season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. After a high school career at Richland High School, Lowe enrolled in Navarro and has been a two-year starter for the Bulldogs. She led her team to the playoffs in both seasons and was named the team captain last season as well as First Team All-Region XIV Conference and the All-Tournament team.

"Amanda enjoyed a very successful career at Navarro Junior College and will have an opportunity to contribute immediately for us next season. Amanda is a very offensive middle and can score points anywhere along the net. With the improvements we've made with our ball control, it was important for us to sign a middle that could be active in transition and take some pressure off our outside hitters. We really like what Amanda can do offensively, and expect her to help us balance our offense." said Graystone.

McAdams is a 6'1" middle blocker from Blinn College where she helped her team to the 2008 NJCAA National Championship and a 2009 Region XIV Conference Championship. She recorded 36 blocks in 44 sets during the regular season and helped her team to the finals of the Region XIV Conference Tournament.

"Angela is a balanced middle who will do great things for us both offensively and with her block. She covers the net well and will improve our block and defense immediately, and she does a good job of creating offense for herself and scoring points in transition. Angela played for one of the top Junior Colleges in the nation, and her experience and understanding of how to win will be very influential with our young roster. I expect Angela to be a big part of our success over the next two seasons." said Graystone.

The final signee of the spring class is Sanchez, a 6'0" right side and middle blocker from The Woodlands High School. Sanchez played three years for the Highlanders and was a member of two regional quarterfinalist teams, including her 2009 team that went 40-7 on the season. Her 205 kills were third on the team while her 51 blocks and 42 aces ranked her second on the team in both categories. She was a two-time First Team All-District 15-5A selection during her career and second team pick in her other season with the team.

"Sarah is a very versatile player, and her athleticism makes her capable of contributing anywhere in the front row. We're going to train her primarily as a right side, and take advantage of her block and ability to hit the slide. Sarah is a very smart player and understands the game at a high level. She'll definitely compete for playing time on the right side and eventually should become a six-rotation player."

The group of five rounds out the spring signees for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Graystone's first full recruiting class. The coach expects big things from his incoming class as they help to continue proving the Islander program under his watch.

"This concludes our recruiting for the class of 2010. I'm really happy with this group and know they will all have great careers and contribute to our future success," said Graystone. "Our main goal with this first recruiting class was to improve the foundation of our team, emphasizing speed, athleticism, blocking, ball control and personality.

"We feel strongly that we met our goals with this class and we're looking forward to a greatly improved Islander volleyball team this fall."