February 26, 2014

Volleyball Announces Four Additions for the 2014 Season






















DURHAM, N.H.
Jill Hirschinger, head coach of the University of New Hampshire volleyball program, has announced that four student-athletes have committed to attend UNH and play for the Wildcat volleyball program next fall.

Courtney Bowman, a 5-foot-11 outside/right side hitter from Chargin Falls, Ohio, plays for head coach Patrick Royer at the Beaumont School. She also plays club for Academy Volleyball Cleveland under Mike Passarelli, Jeff Reaser, Meredith Rice and Scott Carter. Most recently, the two-time Division II first team selection led Beaumont to an Ohio High School Athletic Association semifinal appearance. Playing Junior Olympic volleyball since the fourth grade, the National Honors Society inductee was an OHSAA champion in 2012 and a starter on the first-ever Beaumont team to progress past districts. Additionally, Bowman led Academy Volleyball to qualify to the USA Volleyball Nationals for the past seven years.  Bowman earned a spot on the Under Armour AVCA High School All-America Watch List prior to her senior season.

 
"We are excited to add Courtney to our program," said Hirschinger. "She will add a lot of depth to our outside hitting position. Courtney comes from a very successful high school program that made it to the final four the past three years and she has the ability to elevate her game to whatever level she's playing at."

 

 

Sasha Cucuz, a 6-foot-1 right side hitter from Plymouth, Mich., plays for head coach Steve Johnson at Canton High School. In addition, she plays club volleyball for Premier Volleyball Club under Jodi Schramm.  An all-conference selection and varsity captain, Cucuz paced the team in kills and solo blocks to lead Canton to a KLAA Division Championship in 2013. In the classroom, the four-time scholar-athlete served as the secretary for the Student Council and was inducted into the National Honor Society.

"We are looking forward to adding a left-handed attacker to our offense," said Hirschinger. "Sasha is a very versatile player having a background in both hitting and setting. She comes from a terrific, hard working family and will be a great addition to our Wildcat family."

Katie Rebrovich, a 5-foot-4 defensive specialist from Burleson, Texas was also named to the Under Armour AVCA High School All-America Watch List prior to her senior season. Rebrovich is a two-time co-captain under Whitney Woody at Centennial High School. She plays club volleyball for Texas Image Volleyball under the direction of Susan Kaufman. She also competed in beach volleyball with ACE Junior Beach Volleyball, coached by Michael Siska. This past season, Rebrovich was bestowed the Texas District 8-4A Defensive Player of the Year Award, powering Centennial to a runner-up finish in the district. In 2012-13, the American Volleyball Coaches Association' Phenom Athlete led ACE 17 Smack Black to a third place finish at the USAV Girls' Junior National Championships.

 
"We are excited about Katie becoming a Wildcat," said Hirschinger. "She is the back bone and spark plug for her teams. Having over 2,000 career digs in high school is a remarkable achievement. She is an outstanding student as well and was ranked second in her class as of junior year." 

Molly Wotton, a 6-foot outside hitter/middle blocker from Dover, N.H., is a three-time scholar-athlete recipient under Colleen Harte at Dover High School. She plays club volleyball for New Hampshire Seacoast Juniors under head coach and UNH alum, Kelly Harte. The two-time New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year and New Hampshire Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Player of the Year in 2012, Wotton has also been honored with the Fosters Daily Democrat Player of the Year twice (2012 and 2013) and the Union Leader Player of the Year (2013) once. Most recently, Wotton captained the Dover Green Wave to an undefeated 22-0 season en route to a New Hampshire Division I state championship.

"We are very fortunate Molly wanted to stay close to home and play at UNH," said Hirschinger. "It will be fun to see Molly challenged at the next level.  Her athleticism and competitiveness will add to the success of our program."

"Overall, we are really happy about the class of 2018," said Hirschinger. "All four student-athletes have outstanding credentials and bring a combination of athleticism and skill. The newcomers demonstrate strong character, leadership and academics, which will bolster the continued success that is UNH volleyball." For the latest news about UNH volleyball, be sure to visit UNHWildcats.com.

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