Lee University volleyball coach Andrea Hudson recently released a list of eight new recruits for the 2014 season. The list includes Caprisha Webster, Science Hill High School; Chanel Raymundo, Jean Vanier Secondary School; Silvia Sartoro, New Hope School; Brooke Lee Wilsman, Lakeland Christian School; Rachel Elizabeth Burke, McMinn County High School; Sadie Johnson, Castle View High School; Stephanie Hernandez, Miami Dade Community College; and Haley Foote, Miami Dade Community College.
The Lady Flames will open the 2014 season on Sept. 9, when they travel to Nashville to face Trevecca Nazarene. Lee will return to Walker Arena and open Gulf South Conference play against Valdosta State on Sept. 12.
Name: Rachel Elizabeth Burke
High School: McMinn County High School
City and State: Athens, Tenn.
Years Playing Volleyball: 4 years
Awards won in Volleyball: 2010-2011 Junior Varsity Best Hitter and Best Server Awards, 2012-2013 Varsity Best Offensive Award and District 5-AAA All-District Team, 2013-2014 Varsity Best All-Around Player, Most Kills, and District 5-AAA All-District.
Coach Hudson's comment: “Rachel is also an excellent basketball player and turned down a scholarship at another university to play volleyball. Her height will challenge some teams as we teach her to transition from OH to Middle.”
Name: Caprisha Webster
High school: Science Hill High School
City/State: Johnson City
Years Playing Volleyball: 5 years
Awards: All conference (junior/senior), all districts (junior/senior), all region (junior/senior), captain of varsity team (senior), offensive player of the year for varsity team, all tournament at Newk's Blarney Stone tournament
Coach Hudson's comment: “Caprisha is a well-rounded athlete who was added late in the recruiting process. She has a great attitude with a lot of athletic potential.”
Name: Chanel Raymundo
High School: Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School
City/Province: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years Playing Volleyball: 8 years
Awards: 2013 - Co-ed Volleyball MVP, 2012 - GOLD Ontario Summer Games, U16 GOLD Provincials (beach), Jr. Girls volleyball MVP, U16 GOLD Provincials (Indoor), SILVER, Provincials (Beach), U15 GOLD, Canadian Nationals (Indoor), U15 Canadian NATIONAL ALL-STAR, U15 GOLD Provincials (Indoor).
Coach Hudson's comment: “Chanel brings a lot of experience and vitality to the court. She is aggressive and plays with so much enthusiasm it is contagious. She also plays many positions, including back-up setter.”
Name: Silvia Sartori
High School: High school for athletes/New Hope High School
City/Country: Belgrade, Serbia
Years Playing Volleyball: 13 years
Awards: Dispatch All Area players of the year and week
Coach Hudson's comment: “Silvia was able to attend her last year of high school in America through an exchange program. She is a tough player with the potential to play in several different positions.”
Name: Brooke Lee Wilsman
High School: Lakeland Christian School
City/State: Lakeland, Fla.
Years Playing Volleyball: 6 years
Awards: NCSAA All American 2nd team and SE Super-Regional Team (11th), FACA 3A All- State (11th), The Ledger, 2nd Team All County (11th), 2nd team All County (12th) NCSAA All American and SE Super Regional team(12th), Honorable Mention (10-11), Mighty in Spirit Award (peer recognition for individuals character, leadership, work ethic, and academic accomplishments, 10th-12th), Coaches award (9th-10th), MVP (11th-12th)
Coach Hudson's comment: “Brooke is another well-rounded player. She brings some depth to our team in the Outside Hitter position. We are excited for the skill she will bring to our freshman class.”
Name: Sadie Johnson
High School: Castle View High School
City and State: Castle Rock, Colo.
Years Playing Volleyball: 7 years
Awards won in Volleyball: Junior Nationals 3 times, MVP of 3 regional tournaments, won Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier in 2013
Coach Hudson's comment: “Sadie was our very first signee this year and we are so fortunate to sign a setter of her caliber. Her attitude and skill are so important for a setter and she excels in both.”
Name: Stephanie Hernandez
High School/College: Miami Dade CC
City and Commonwealth: Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Years Playing Volleyball: 15 Years
Awards won in Volleyball: Defensive Player of the Week in Miami Dade College. Finished 2012/2013 season with 262 digs or 4.86 dig per set and 2013/2014 season with 484 digs or 5.09 digs per set.
Coach Hudson's comment: “Stephanie's defensive skills are amazing. She has defensive instinct that we have seen in very few people that we have watched. I am really excited for her to be a part of this team.”
Name: Haley Foote
High School/College: Miami Dade CC
City and State: Orlando, Fla.
Years Playing Volleyball: 10 years
Awards won in Volleyball: FCSAA First Team All-Conference 2013 Team
Coach Hudson's comment: “Haley is another great setter with two years of college experience. She set last year for one of the top juco's in America. She will bring a lot of experience and skill to this position.”