Central Connecticut head volleyball coach Linda Sagnelli announced three commitments for the upcoming 2010 season on Wednesday. Amalia Ashley, a defensive specialist from Scottsdale, AZ, Kyla Bielert, a middle blocker from Lebanon, CT, and Caitlin Van Camp, an outside hitter from Redding, CT will be joining the Blue Devil volleyball team next season.
Ashley, a 5'4" defensive specialist and libero, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend CCSU next fall. She led Desert Mountain High to a 5A-2 Division Arizona State Runner-up in 2009. Ashley earned All-State Honorable Mention honors as a senior and was named team MVP on two occasions.
"Amalia is the type of player that every coach would love to have," Sagnelli said. "We will look for her to bring her well established skills and determination to the court and contribute immediately on defense."
Bielert, a 5'11" middle, received many individual accolades during her career at Lyman Memorial High. She was named all-conference first team, all-area, All-State and All-Norwich Bulletin during her senior year. Bielert also broke Lyman's school record for kills twice.
"Kyla will provide extra depth in the middle for us next year," Sagnelli said. "She possesses a lot of natural talent and we will look for her to bringing that to the table next season."
Van Camp, a 5'11" outside and defensive specialist, comes to New Britain from Joel Barlow High where she recorded 419 career kills. Van Camp was the 2009 Connecticut Coca Cola Player of the Year, as well as a First Team All-State selection in 2008 and 2009. She was also her conference's MVP as a senior.
"Caitlin will provide security and depth at the perimeter positions," Sagnelli said. "We're looking for her help with our passing game as her ball control skills to continue to develop."
Sagnelli went on to talk about how these three incoming CCSU freshman were a great fit for the Blue Devil volleyball program. "All three student-athletes will bring a high level of academic, as well as athletic prowess, to our program," Sagnelli said.
The Central Connecticut volleyball team has garnered a high level of excellence on and off the court over the past few years. The Blue Devils received America Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic honors the past three seasons and were awarded with the award for the best team GPA at CCSU's senior awards banquet last night.
"We look forward to Amalia, Kyle and Caitlin joining our Blue Devil family and contributing to the continued success both on and off the court of the Central Connecticut volleyball program," Sagnelli said in closing.