April 27, 2011

Brianna Brink signs NLI with Islanders Volleyball

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball program added an offensive force on the outside after signing Brianna Brink to a National Letter of Intent during the spring signing period. Brink, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, will be an incoming freshman from Corona, Calif., that played four seasons at Norco High School.

"Brianna is a really nice outside hitter," said Head Coach Tony Graystone. "She has long arms, jumps well, has a strong arm that she hits with and puts up a great block. She is a pretty polished outside hitter that is going to help take the place of Emma [Ridley] graduating."

During her time at Norco, she had a .431 kill percentage during her senior year while garnering Team MVP awards in 2009 and 2010 and receiving Coaches Awards following her freshman and sophomore years. She was also named to the all-league team following her junior and senior seasons. She totaled 225 kills, 32 service aces, 148 digs and 54 blocks as a senior for the Cougars.

In outside competition, she helped her team win the Roosevelt Summer League in 2009 and was a finalist in the Championship Summer League in 2010. She is also an accomplished multi-sport athlete, setting her school's freshman and sophomore records in the high jump during her two years in track. She also played two years of basketball before concentrating solely on volleyball during the final two years of her high school career. In her club career, she has been involved in the junior nationals each year she played for her team.

"I think Brianna is the right one, I really expect her to compete for some major playing time right away," said Graystone. "I think with the other outside hitters we have on the team that the position is going to become a real strength in this program."