AUGUSTA, Ga. – The GRU Augusta volleyball team has added five new signees for the 2015 season in four junior-transfers and one incoming freshman, Head Coach Sharon Quarles announced.
Junior-transfers JaNhea Beisner, Jordan Bickett, Bria Mays, and Emily Veihman, and freshman Blair Bolton, are signed and committed to play for the Jaguars and be a part of Georgia Regents University in 2015. They join early-signee and incoming freshman Savanna Gonzalez, who signed in late November 2014 for next volleyball season.
|Rachel Windle||Middle Attack||Junior||5-10||Port St. Lucie, Fla. / Indian Rive State College|
||Right Side Hitter||Freshman||6-2||Lawrenceville, Ga. / Brookwood HS
|#8||Bria Mays||Middle Attack||Junior||
|Loganville, Ga. / Kalamazoo Valley CC
|#10||Jordan Bickett||Outside Hitter
||Junior||6-0||Tallahassee, Fla. / Pasco-Hernando State
|#18||JaNhea Beisner||Libero||Junior||5-4||Port Charlotte, Fla. / State College of Florida|
Last season in 2014, the Jaguars posted the best record in program history at 27-9 overall and 13-5 in the PBC. Head Coach Sharon Quarles was voted as the 2014 Coach of the Year on Nov. 14, after she had the most successful season any coach has ever had with the team. The Jags had two seven-game winning streaks and one nine-game winning streak during the 2014 season – highlighted by their 24th win on Nov. 5 against the Georgia College Bobcats, surpassing the previous mark of 23 wins set in the 1995 season.
THE SIGNEES & WORDS FROM HEAD COACH SHARON QUARLES
#6 Rachel Windle Major: Nursing
"Rachel brings a wealth of knowledge and play with her to GRU Augusta volleyball next year. She is recruited as a middle hitter and outside attack and Rachel is going to provide added depth when it comes to our attackers. As a recruited athlete, she came across as a fierce competitor always looking to be fed the ball from her setters and creating shots around and over the block. She will definitely test the defensive skills sets of opposing teams next year. We are looking forward to working with her for the next two years as she majors in Nursing."
#7 Blair Bolton Major: Biology
"Blair currently plays for a club team out of Atlanta as a six-rotation player on the right side. She has a huge upside as a recruit for us and we are looking forward to helping Blair expand and improve her game even more as a collegiate athlete. Blair will give us a different look as a "lefty" right side pin hitter. She will definitely provide some great height against opposing outside attackers and we feel if she comes in ready to go and works hard, she has enormous opportunities for playing time as a freshman."
#8 Bria Mays Major: Psychology
"Bria first attended Northern Michigan University where she redshirted her first season before she ended up at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and competed her next two seasons. At KVCC Bria was named first-team All-Conference and second-team All-City. Bria is a nice addition to the middle hitter position and she is going to allow us some interesting opportunities to run different options and tempos out of the middle. She is deceivingly quick and has a very nice vertical. Once the setters and Bria have a chance to do some work in the gym and focus on timing and placement, it is going to be fun to watch come game time."
#10 Jordan Bickett Major: Exercise Science
"Jordan comes from a very good junior college out of Florida named Pasco-Hernando State College and she is a dynamic six-rotation outside attacker that we have been looking at for quite a while. Jordan earned NJCAA DII All-American second-team honors and was a NJCAA DII Region 10 Regional Tournament team selection. Last season she recorded 352 kills, 48 service aces, 196 digs and 75 blocks. She is athletic, versatile, and crafty with a high volleyball I.Q. She is very capable of swinging across the net which will allow for more options and attack sequences with all our hitters."
#18 JaNhea Beisner Major: Education
"JaNhea registered 4.80 digs per set with the Manatees of the State College of Florida last season. She has been an instrumental part of the success of SCF and was recognized as a top returning defensive specialist in the region for the manatees. We really like JaNhea's approach to the game. She is use to running a two-person serve receive which will allow us to make adjustments in our serve receive formation if and when needed next season. She will be a great addition as a "competitor" to our already strong defensive team of Catherine DeSilvester and Kali Boatwright."
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