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Five Mountain Hawks make up Volleyball’s approaching rookie class

Five Mountain Hawks make up Volleyball's approaching rookie class

Five new faces will be taking the court this fall, as lead trainer Alexa Keckler and her instructing staff have authoritatively declared its approaching rookie class in front of the 2021 season.

This previous spring saw an inundation of ability come to Leeman Turner Arena at Grace Hall in an abnormal manner. Truth be told, last year’s rookie class was six, bringing the complete of underclassmen this tumble to 11 of the 17 understudy competitors on the program.

The current year’s approaching green bean class incorporates two external hitters, a center blocker, a setter and a libero/protective subject matter expert, rounding out all positional necessities heading into the new mission.

An assortment of states are addressed in this new class with players from Florida, Idaho, Maryland and a neighborhood from Bethlehem.

The Mountain Hawks completed 3-6 in the abbreviated spring season only a couple months prior and passed up the four-group Patriot League Tournament field in the wake of qualifying in 2019 without precedent for Keckler’s residency.

Kyleigh Brown – 5-6 – L/DS – Bethlehem, Pa. – Bethlehem Catholic

A neighborhood result of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania via Bethlehem Catholic High School, Brown becomes lead trainer Alexa Keckler’s first-historically speaking enlisted person from the space. A libero in terms of professional career, she is truly outstanding in the state, procuring All-State respects by the PIAA in 2019 and 2020, including All-EPC praises every one of the four years with first group trees in 2019 and 2020. As Becahi’s skipper, Brown drove the Golden Hawks to a PIAA Class 3A State Championship in 2020-21, likewise driving her group to a District XI Championship and East Penn Conference title. She was named Lehigh Valley Live’s Volleyball Player of the Year and Becahi’s Athlete of the Year. In the homeroom, Brown was an individual from the National Honors Society, Student Athlete Character Council, Key Club and an agent of the Sophomore-Senior Year Student Council. Outside of her secondary school achievement, she had a place with club groups Synergy, AVA and East Coast Power during her volleyball profession.

Gracie Kiser – 6-0 – OH – Tampa, Fla. – Tampa Prep

Kiser comes to Lehigh from Tampa, Florida out of Tampa Preparatory School, where she completed a prevailing profession driving her group to the District Semifinal. She counted 259 kills with a .417 hitting rate in 2020-21. This previous season, Kiser procured various honors for her exhibitions, winning the Kirkwood Family Outstanding Volleyball Player grant, just as Tampa Prep’s Female Athlete of the Year. In the study hall, Kiser made the honor roll in every time of tutoring and won Tampa Prep’s Music Accolade Award for the 2019-20 school year. On the club level, she has played for Tampa Elite, St. Pete Volleyball Club and was an individual from OTVA’s OT Dexter crew for AAU Nationals in 2021.

Megan Schulte – 6-2 – OH – Boise, Idaho – Timberline

Schulte is an astonishing expansion to the crease for the Lehigh program, right from Boise, Idaho. On the court, she was a First Team All-Conference honoree this previous season and had her breakout year in 2019-20, procuring First Team All-State respects just as Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year. In that great junior season, Schulte counted 480 kills, 206 burrows, 49 squares, 40 assistance experts and hit at a .266 rate, driving Timberline to state end of the season games. In the homeroom, she was an individual from the National Honors Society and a four-year individual from the honor roll. Schulte had a place with the Idaho Crush Volleyball Club in Boise.

Makena Smith – 6-0 – S – Annapolis, Md. – Broadneck

Loaded with honors and achievements both on the court and off, Smith comes to Lehigh from Annapolis, Maryland via Broadneck High School. In her first year recruit season in 2017, Smith was named a Second Team All-County choice by Capital Gazette as beginning setter. In 2018, she procured First Team All-County respects from Capital Gazette and Anne Arundel County including First Team All-Metro from the Baltimore Sun. Smith was Broadneck’s skipper as a sophomore, acquiring MVP praises and a spot on the AVCA Phenom list. Smith drove her group to a Class 4A State Championship next in line finish in 2019, getting First Team All-County and First Team All-Metro praises for the second continuous year. In 2021, she acquired the four-year letter grant. Smith completes her secondary school vocation as Broadneck’s unsurpassed innovator in helps and squares, including the single-season record holder for helps and squares. In the study hall, she was a three-year individual from the Student Athletic Leadership Council.

Emily Stewart – 6-2 – MB – Fort Myers, Fla. – Fort Myers

Stewart enters her university profession expecting to turn into the following incredible center blocker to get through the Lehigh program. She’s looking incredible so far after a remarkable secondary school vocation at Fort Myers. For two straight years in 2019 and 2020, she was named News Press’ Volleyball Player of the Year and a News Press First Team part. She additionally procured LCAC All-Conference respects in 2019 and 2020 and was perceived on the Under Armor All-American Watch List in 2020, acquiring AVCA All-Region awards too. She procured the Scholar Athlete Award and Unsung Hero Award in 2020 from Fort Myers and is the school record holder for most squares in a match (12). A commander of her secondary school crew, Stewart was an eight-time MaxPreps Player of the Match, an individual from the Prep Volleyball Watch List in 2021 and an AVCA Phenom list part. In the homeroom, Steward graduated summa cum laude in the IB program, where she was a four-year honor roll part also. An individual from the National Honors Society, Stewart procured an AAU Academic All-American choice in 2019 and 2020.

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