May 5, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Four outstanding high school volleyball players, including a pair of seniors from California, have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Loyola College and play volleyball, it has been announced by Coach Kristina Hernandez.
Chrissy Cruz, Kimberlee Gabriel, Meaghan Mena and Nicole Scimeme will join the Greyhounds for the 2006 season.
A 5-10 setter, Cruz helped Harlingen South earn regional titles as a junior and senior. A three-sport athlete, she also played four years of basketball and ran track for two years, serving as her basketball team's captain. "Chrissy is one of those players that I was drawn to because she exudes what we are looking for in a setter," Hernandez said. "She is a great leader and has so much passion and is hungry to win and make things happen here."
A four-year member of the Golden Bear Volleyball Club, Gabriel was a three-year letterwinner for the Salesian volleyball team. A two-time All-BSAL selection, she helped her team reach the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. An outstanding student, Gabriel is an honor roll student who is a member of the National Honor Society. "Kimi is a sparkplug," Hernandez said. "I also coached her back in California and her need for perfection with passing and defense is exactly what we need. She is quick, athletic and hasn't even reached her fullest potential yet."
A four-year letterwinner at Bishop O'Dowd, Mena played in the Junior Olympics three times, including twice with the Golden Bear Volleyball Club. "I coached Meg back in California with Golden Bear and she has such natural instincts for the game," Hernandez commented. "She has a quick heavy arm and will be a great addition to the right side for us."
A team captain at Ward Melville, Scimeme led her team to a pair of state championships and three league titles. A two-sport athlete, she also helped the lacrosse team finish second in the county. She earned all-league and all-county notice in volleyball. "Nicole really adds strength on the left side and she has not even reached her limit," Hernandez said. "She has an amazing ability to bump her game up another notch at any given time. She can jump out of the gym and is a fireball of energy."
In addition, two other highly talented seniors in Joanne Schurtz and Kelly Nevin will join the Greyhound program for next season.
A 5-10 outside hitter, Schurtz was a three-year player for Union Catholic Regional, compiling a 30-4 record as a senior along with a state championship. She was named first-team All-Union County and first-team All-State Nonpublic this past year. Meanwhile, Nevin helped Mount DeSales finish second in the IAAM as a junior and was honored this past season with second team All-Baltimore County status by The Baltimore Sun. A two-sport athlete, Nevin also played three years of varsity basketball.
The six players join Kim Burton and Karlee Woodward as newcomers to the Greyhound volleyball program for the 2006 season. The Greyhounds finished the 2005 season with a 7-25 record and will open the 2006 campaign on August 25 at the TCU Tournament.