November 23, 2011

Islanders Volleyball Signs Three in Early Signing Period

The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi volleyball team continued to add talent this fall, signing three players to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the NCAA's fall signing period. Ivy Baresh (Martin HS/Arlington), Courtney Hall (Westwood HS/Austin) and Haley Satterwhite (Clear Lake/Houston) will be a part of the 2012 team that looks to continue improving under the tutelage of head coach Tony Graystone.

"We didn't lose very much this year, and are trying to fill in a couple of very small holes," said Graystone. "We signed players who would help us in the future as others graduate. We are addressing both the short and long term with the class, and it is another strong group for us."

Baresh is an outside hitter from Martin High School in Arlington. She is a 5-9 athlete that helped lead her team to the regional semifinals of the UIL Regions 1& 3 bracket and finished the year with a record of 33-14. During her junior season, she was named the District 4-5A Player of the Year after totaling 247 kills, 163 digs and 85 blocks while going undefeated in district play.

"Ivy is a really talented six-rotation outside hitter that is someone we really like," said Graystone. "She a strong skill player who has all the shots and is going to make an impact on our program pretty early."

Hall is a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Westwood High School in Austin. She helped her team to a 29-19 record and the second round of the 5A playoffs as a senior, tallying 238 kills, an average of 1.6 per set, on a .266 hitting percentage. She was also second on the team in blocks and was a LoneStarVolleyball.com All-Texas Team Honorable Mention following her final year. She also led the team in blocks as a junior and helped the Warriors to a District 16-5A Championship and No. 6 ranking in the state as a sophomore.

"Courtney is fast and has a good block," said Graystone. "She can run anything in the offense, and goes off of one foot really well. She has a lot of upside, and we are really excited about her."

Satterwhite comes to the Island from Clear Lake High School, where she was a 5-foot-11 outside hitter for the Falcons. Satterwhite was first team all-district and academic all-district during her time at Clear Lake. Her team was the district, bi-district and area champions in both her sophomore and junior seasons while also adding a regional finals appearance her junior campaign.

"Haley is another outside hitter with a lot of upside," said Graystone. "She has a good arm, jumps well and got really good training in Houston. She fits in well with what the team needs, and when we get the finished product with her, she is going to be really good one for us."

With the trio of newcomers, the Islanders continue building the foundation for a strong program under the watch of Graystone. The team has improved its record each of the three years under Graystone and has become a contender in the Southland Conference.

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