Rockets Add Four Recruits for 2013 Campaign
TOLEDO, OH — Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Greg Smith announced today that 5-6 freshman L/DS Ellen Hays (Temperance, MI), 5-10 freshman OH Maggie Johnston (Germantown, WI), 5-10 junior OH Natalia Parreira (Uberlandia, Brazil) and 6-0 freshman S Lindsay Smith (Perrysburg, OH) will be joining the Toledo program beginning with the 2013 campaign. The quartet joins freshman OH Alyssa Ehrhardt (Algonquin, IL) and freshman OH Mary O'Connor (Muskego, WI) who each signed a national letter of intent last fall.
Hays helped Bedford High School to Michigan’s Class A state finals and finished eighth in the balloting for the Wolverine State’s ‘Miss Volleyball’. She received third-team all-state accolades as a sophomore, second-team as a junior and first-team as a senior. The school’s record-holder for digs in a match (55) and season (1,322), Hays averaged 6.27 digs per set as a senior and was a first-team all-region, all-league and all-conference selection as a sophomore, junior and senior.
“Ellen is a sparkplug on the court,” Smith said. “I love her attitude and competitiveness, and she’s going to be a tremendous asset to the team right off the bat. She has very good ball-control skills and should contribute right away as our libero.”
Johnston received third-team all-state honors and was the North Shore Conference Player of the Year as a senior at Germantown High School. She played an integral role on three conference and sectional title squads during her prep career and tallied 2.5 kills and 5.6 digs per set in her senior season.
“Maggie is extremely versatile and can play any position on the court,” Smith said. “She’s going to give us depth wherever we need it. She has a great work ethic and personality and is going to fit in very well with our program.”
Parreira was a first-team All-Jayhawk West Conference and Region VI selection for Garden City (KS) Community College and helped the Busters to a 21-20 mark and advance to Region VI ‘Final Four’ play for the first time in 22 years.
“Natalia is an experienced volleyball player and possesses a tremendous background from growing up in the Brazilian volleyball culture,” Smith said. “She will bring us a lot of ball control and help us solidify our outside hitting position as a very good six-rotation player.”
Smith, who will receive a medical redshirt after suffering an ACL injury last winter, notched 469 assists, 168 kills, 192 digs, 31 aces and 22 blocks to earn first-team all-league, all-county and all-district honors for Perrysburg High School. She also received first-team all-league and second-team all-district accolades as a junior and second-team all-league laurels as a sophomore.
“Lindsey is a strong setter who adds a lot of athleticism and height at that position,” Smith said. “She’s still learning and progressing at the setter position and possesses a great competitive attitude.”