INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler volleyball program has added five standout players for the upcoming season, head coach Sharon Clark announced recently.
Jessica Klingensmith, Mary Striedl, Nicole Sumida, Tyler Taylor and Kristen Webb will join a Butler team primed to play its first season in the Big East in 2013.
"We are very pleased to announce the addition of these great athletes to join our program this upcoming season," head coach Sharon Clark said. "As a group, these five possess a high level of competitiveness, athleticism and personality. Individually they all bring something very different to the program and will fit in very well with what we have built here at Butler University."
Klingensmith, a middle blocker from Colorado Springs, Colo., was a four-year starter for The Classical Academy. She was first team all-conference and team captain as a senior, leading her team in kills, blocks and aces. The 5-11 Klingensmith led her team to third place in the state as a sophomore and fifth as a junior. Her other accolades include
She played for the Colorado Juniors club team, the top 17U team in Colorado. Her team was ranked in the top 10 at the National Qualifiers Open Division and fifth in Pacific Northwest. Klingensmith led her team to a title at the Puerto Rican National Championships and she was named MVP.
"Jessica is a very dynamic, explosive play who brings great quickness to the middle blocker position," Clark said.
Striedl, a 5-11 outside hitter originally from the Chicago area, will transfer to Butler after playing one season at Pittsburgh. She played in 10 sets and totaled four kills as a freshman in 2012.
"Mary is a six-rotation, well-rounded ball control player who will add more depth to our serve-receive and offensive strategy," Clark said. "She has proven to have a fierce drive for success. She has an extremely high volleyball I.Q."
Before playing at Pitt, Striedl was a 2011 AAU All-American selection after an impressive performance at last year's national championships in Orlando. She was named the 2011 Pioneer Press Lake Shore Player of the Year, nominated on the 2011 High School All-American lists and earned all-state honors this fall. Striedl was also a Prepvolleyball.com Senior Ace Top 50 and earned all-conference and all-area honors.
Sumida, a 6-3 middle blocker and right side player, is the second transfer in the group. She comes to Butler after playing one season at NAIA Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. She was ranked 44th in NAIA Division I in total blocks as a freshman. She played club volleyball for Choo-Choo City.
"She has the capability and flexibility to contribute to the team in several different positions in the front row. We are looking forward to her versatility at the net," Clark said.
Taylor, a 6-0 middle blocker, is from Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Ill.
"Taylor is an outstanding athlete," Clark said. "We see her developing into a force in the middle at Butler. We are excited to work with her."
Webb, a libero from Libertyville, Ill., was an AAU All-American in 2011 and a MaxPreps third team All-American in 2012. She was named second team all-state and All-Lake County in addition to being a four-time all-conference honoree. She owns the school's records for digs in a season, match and career. She served as team captain for three seasons and was voted the team's hardest worker by her teammates. Her individual accolades were a factor in playing in the most team victories in Libertyville High School history.
"Kristen is a fierce competitor and she will do anything necessary to help her team win," Clark said. "I anticipate that Kristen will be a big contributor to our team's defensive scheme early in her career."
The five players will join a squad that went 17-12 last season, placing sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Virtually all of Butler's production returns from last year's team, with 98 percent of the team's blocks and 86 percent of kills returning.
2013 Volleyball Recruiting Class
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Hometown/High School (Previous)|
|Jessica Klingensmith||MB||5-11||Colorado Springs, Colo./The Classical Academy|
|Mary Striedl||OH||5-11||Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest (Pittsburgh)|
|Nicole Sumida||MB/OH||6-3||Hixson, Tenn./Baylor (Lee)|
|Tyler Taylor||MB||6-0||Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee|
|Kristen Webb||L||5-7||Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville|