BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland's volleyball team has added three players to its Class of 2019, receiving National Letters of Intent from Alisah Cash , Haley Puddy and Molly Werts.
Cash will join the Greyhounds after earning District All-Star First Team honors at Trinity for her junior and senior seasons. She helped the Shamrocks advance to their district championships each of her four years in high school.
"We're excited for Alisah to get here next summer," said Loyola Head Coach Jake Lawrence. "She brings a physicality that we'll need in order to win a Patriot League title. She's still very new to the sport, having only played for two full years, but when she's on the court, you can see what she could be down the road. There's no question she can be an elite middle in our league. Alisah comes from a competitive, athletic family and I think she'll fit right into our culture at Loyola. She's very strong off one foot and hits a very heavy ball. As she develops her skills and footwork, I can see her continuing the tradition of excellent Greyhound middles."
Cash played club volleyball for East Coast Power and competed with the team at the 2014 Nationals in the Open Division. Off the court, she is a member of the National Honor Society and earned a bronze in the National Spanish in 2013. She is the oldest of four children, and her parents, Jason and Cari, were both student-athletes at Virginia Tech where her mother was a volleyball player and her father a decathlete with the track and field program.
Puddy is one of two Texans who have signed to play for the Greyhounds. She was a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) All-State performer at Bishop Lynch High School where she was the squad's co-captain and earned TAPPS All-District First Team honors in 2014. She helped the Friars win the 2012, 2013 and 2014 TAPPS 5A State Championships, and she was named the Time Warner Player of the Game for the title match in 2014.
"Haley is an outstanding athlete and comes from one of the winningest high school and club programs in the nation," Lawrence said. "She's a three-time state champion in Texas, has competed at the very highest level and won't back down from anyone. With her fast arm and great motor, she'll be looking to contribute for us right away. She can hit off one foot, attack high balls on the right side, and is devastating as a quick hitter in the middle. She plays hard and is going to bring a high skill level to our middle blocker position from day one."
Puddy led her team in kills and blocks and was third in the Dallas area in both categories, as well. She was named to the Under Armour All-America 2015 Watch List. Puddy played club volleyball for Skyline Juniors and was the team's leader in blocks for 2013 and 2014. She is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the National Spanish and English Honor Societies. Puddy is the daughter of Glenn and Stacy Puddy, and her father was a standout basketball player at Southern Methodist who went to training camp with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and later played professionally in Europe and Asia for nine years.
Werts also comes to Loyola from the Lone Star State where she was an All-District setter for Flower Mound High School. She helped the Jaguars win their district title as a senior and an area championship as a sophomore and junior.
"Molly is one of the most outwardly competitive people we've ever recruited," Lawrence said. "The first thing that stands out about Molly is her court presence and how she wills her team to win. She's passionate, vocal, and a great teammate. Molly is comfortable running a fast offense connecting with her middles. She's received excellent training and is another player with experience in tough matches against great teams. We need everyone in our program to be a leader and she'll bring that every day to our gym.
She was a member of the Texas Image Volleyball Club and in the classroom, she is a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar. She was a National Merit semifinalist and a National Merit Hispanic Scholar. Werts is the daughter of Jeremy and Shawna who both attended Central Oklahoma. Her moth was also a volleyball player at the school.