CARROLLTON, Ga. - With the open of official practice for the 2018 volleyball season less than two months away, University of West Georgia head volleyball coach Jon Moseley announced his first recruiting class this week, as he will add eight players to the roster for the coming season.
This year's recruiting class includes five freshmen, two transfers and one player who was on campus at West Georgia during the 2017-18 academic year. The newest Wolves come from three different states and one is an international student. Four of the newcomers are from the state of Georgia, two are from Tallahassee, Fla., one comes from Brazil and another is from Alabama.
"We are very pleased to welcome eight outstanding newcomers to the West Georgia volleyball program in 2018," said Moseley. "They are all winners who have had outstanding training in their high school and club programs. It is also evident that they have had great training at home, and they will be excellent students and representatives for our program and for the university."
The 2018 UWG Volleyball Recruiting Class
5-7 ♦ Outside Hitter/Libero
Vera - Mato Grosso, Brazil
Colegio Regina Pacis (High School)
Montverde Academy (Fla. - Senior)
Previous School: Dalton State
Talented and experienced player joining the Wolves for her final collegiate season ... played collegiately at Dalton State College ... Earned SSAC All-Freshman Team in 2014 ... named Second Team All-Conference as a junior in 2016, and was named to the SSAC Champions of Character Team ... Earned All-Academic Team honors in 2015 and 2016, and was named as the FSG Bank Scholar in 2015 ... Named as a Daktronics NAIA Scholar in 2016 and earned honors at the Keiser University Volleyfest All-Tournament team ... earned academic distniction as a Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society member and graduated from Dalton State Magna Cum Laude in the spring ... she will be a graduate student in search of an MBA in the classroom at UWG and a senior on the floor ... prepped at both Colegio Regina Pacis in Brazil for her first three years of high school, then finished her high school career at Montverde Academy in Florida ... led her team to the Regional and State Championship as a sophomore, then returned for a regional championship as a junior and a state runner-up spot ... daughter of Carlos Renato Marzola de Andrade and Claudia Metzler de Andrade.
Coach Moseley on Anna Metzler
"Anna started for three years at outside hitter at Dalton State before they dropped their program. She could play as a hitter for us, but the areas that we feel she will help the most are in serve-receive passing, defense, and leadership. We feel very fortunate to add a player with Anna’s combination of skills and maturity, and we expect her to immediately make us a better team."
6-0 ♦ Outside Hitter
Morgan High School
Club Team: NASA
Solid hitter joining the Wolves for the 2018 season ... prepped at West Morgan High School under head coach Alesha Hutto and transfers to UWG from Shorter University as a junior ... played in 87 sets for the Hawks in 2017, starting in 20 matches ... picked up 113 kills, 51 digs and 46 blocks for the Hawks last season. High School: led her team to the Alabama 3A semifinals in all four years of high school ... won the Morgan County Tournament and the Area Tournament in 2015 ... Named 3A Area 15 MVP in 2015, All-Area team, Decatur Daily 1st Team All-Area in 2015, Huntsville Times 1st Team North Alabama in 2015, 3A Area 15 All-Area team in 2014 ... also played basketball for West Morgan ... scored 1,000 points in her basketball career and was a First Team All-County honoree in 2014 and 2015 ... majoring in Biology ... daughter of Joseph and Cynthia Flack.
Coach Moseley on Hannah Flack
"Hannah is a transfer who played for me at Shorter. She started for two years on teams that won a total of 28 Gulf South Conference matches. Hannah will redshirt in 2018, but she will have an impact on our team in practice. She has the ability to be a terminal hitter who is also low-error. Hannah will contribute defensively as well due to her imposing block."
5-7 ♦ Defensive Specialist
Peachtree City, Georgia
Starr's Mill High School
Club Team: Upward Stars South Atlanta
Talented defensive specialist beginning her collegiate career in Carrollton ... prepped at Starr's Mill High School in Peachtree City, Ga. under coach Walt Ellison ... Led her team to the 2017 GHSA State Final Four ... named All-County and All-Area in 2017, earning spots in the AVAC Phenom College Prep Program and on the Under Armour All-American Watchlist ... named 2017 Most Valuable Defensive Player ... Played tennis as well, helping Starr's Mill to win the GHSA 5A Director's Cup in 2015, 2016 and 2018 ... helped her team to the 2018 State Elite Eight in tennis ... Outstanding on the academic side as well, earning her way into the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, the Beta Club and she graduated from Starr's Mill with honors ... daughter of Randall and Lisa Echols.
Coach Moseley on Jesse Echols
"Jesse is another player who will help us in the back row. She is a strong serve-receive passer and a smart server. I was also impressed with the glowing recommendations from her volleyball and tennis coaches at Starr’s Mill as well as her coaches at Upward Stars Volleyball Club."
5-9 ♦ Middle Hitter/Defensive Specialist
Lincoln High School
Club Team: Tallahassee Juniors Volleyball Club
Multi-talented player joining the Wolves in 2018 ... played both middle hitter and defender at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. under coach Katie Johnson ... 2018 Club Nationals Qualifier ... named the Lincoln High School Female Trojan of the Year ... earned All-Big Bend honors in three of her four years of high school ... played on Lincoln's undefeated 2016 and 2017 beach volleyball teams ... helped Lincoln place high in district weightlifting ... 1st Team All-Big Bend in flag football ... varsity captain for Lincoln's record-setting indoor volleyball teams in 2016 and 2017 ... set a school record for blocks as a junior ... named an Esmark High School All-American and an AAU Academic All-American ... majoring in Nursing ... daughter of Burke and Lynn Buchanan.
Coach Moseley on Kaylyn Buchanan
"Kaylyn originally committed to a Division 1 beach program, but fortunately for us she decided that she preferred to play indoor. She is a tremendous athlete who excelled in five different sports at a large high school. Kaylyn plays with great speed, effort, and energy, so she will command the attention of opposing middle blockers. We expect her to become an impact player, both offensively and defensively."
5-3 ♦ Defensive Specialist
Whitewater High School
Club Team: A5 South
Talented defensive specialist joining the Wolves in 2018 ... prepped at Whitewater High School under coach Sandi Stein ... sister of UWG sophomore outside hitter Anjelina Webb ... Named second team All-County as a junior in 2016 ... earned Academic Honor Roll status at Whitewater ... daughter of Cedric and Fran Webb ... majoring in Speech Pathology.
Coach Moseley on Anjelica Webb
"Anjelica was already here as a student, and she approached us about playing volleyball shortly after we arrived. She practiced with us part of the spring and showed the skills and personality to be a contributor. I expect Anjelica to be one of the strongest servers on the team, and with enough time back in the gym, another player who is pushing for back row playing time."
5-9 ♦ Defensive Specialist
Club Team: Tallahassee Juniors
Strong athlete joining the Wolves in 2018 ... played volleyball and basketball at the Maclay School in Tallahassee, Fla. under head coach Erica Bunch ... led her squad to the Florida High School Final Four as a junior ... helped her team to the Junior National in Club Volleyball as well ... Named Honorable Mention All-Big Bend Team as a sophomore and junior and earned Third Team All-Big Bend honors as a senior ... outstanding in the classroom, earning National Honors Society, Treasury of National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society and was on the Maclay Honor Roll throughout her high school career.
Coach Moseley on Eldonna Steffen
"Eldonna is Kaylyn’s teammate at Tallahassee Juniors Volleyball Club. Every time I watched Kaylyn play, Eldonna also stood out to me for her talent and for her infectious personality. We feel that she will help us primarily with her ball-control skills, but she is dynamic and strong enough that she could also contribute in the front row."
5-10 ♦ Oustide Hitter
Woodstock High School
Club Team: A5
First year freshman coming to West Georgia to begin her collegiate career this fall ... prepped at Woodstock High School in Canton, Ga. under coach Anita Dodd ... led her squad to the state playoffs in all four years ... earned All-County Second Team honors in 2015 as a freshman ... as a sophomore in 2016, named Woodstock High School offensive player of the year, Cherokee Tribune player of the week, All-County First team, Region 5-6A All-Area 1st team, AVCA Phenom ... as a junior in 2017, named Woodstock High School varsity captain, Cherokee Tribune player of the week, Varsity MVP, All-County First team, 4-7A All-area 1st team, AVCA Phenom ... as a senior in 2018, named Woodstock High School Varsity Captain, Cherokee County Athlete of the Month, Woodstock High School 1,000+ kills and 1,000+ digs awards, Varsity MVP, All-County First team, Region 4-7A All-Area First Team ... a member of the National Honors Society, se received the Woodstock High School Academic Lamp of Knowledge for 2017 and 2018 ... choosing between Environmental Science and Business ... daughter of Sam and Melissa Harris.
Coach Moseley on Emilee Harris
"Emilee is a dynamic outside hitter who has the potential to be a six-rotation player for us. As a hitter, she has the full repertoire and is comfortable on both the left and the right side. Emilee also has solid ball-control skills and loves to play defense. Her all-around skills and versatility will be very valuable for us."
5-7 ♦ Setter/Defensive Specialist
Walton High School
Club Team: A5
Talented setter and defensive specialist joining the Wolves in 2018 ... prepped at GHSA power Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. under coach Suzanne Fitzgerald ... helped lead her team to the Georgia State Championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and to a Region Championship in all four years ... Walton was recognized as National Team of the Year by MaxPreps and PrepVolleyball after a third-straight GHSA championship ... named a GVCA Volleyball Senior All-Star in 2017 and her club volleyball MVP in 2014 and 2015 ... Majoring in Secondary Education History ... daughter of Bill and Anita Jones.
Coach Moseley on Sam Jones
"Sam is a skilled and athletic setter who could also contribute as a defensive specialist. She runs an unpredictable, diverse offense, which is exactly what we want to do here. Sam is a great teammate who lifts her team up with a demeanor that is relentlessly positive and encouraging."