June 28, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force volleyball team welcomed 11 members of the Class of the 2016 to the Academy during in-processing on Thursday, June 28. This talented group of freshmen became the program's first recruiting class to receive High Honorable Mention honors from PrepVolleyball.com.
PrepVolleyball.com, the only website that does a yearly ranking of the 329 NCAA Division I volleyball recruiting classes, ranks the Top 30 programs, while 17 additional schools earn Highest Honorable Mention and another 30 receive High Honorable Mention. Air Force was one of just two Mountain West programs to earn distinction by PrepVolleyball.com, as New Mexico also earned High Honorable Mention.
The newest members of the volleyball program represent eight states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
VOLLEYBALL CLASS OF 2016
Katie Bartlett - Flagstaff, Ariz.
Rebecca Bates - West Chester, Pa.
Rachael Bradley Powers - Albuquerque, N.M.
Meg Bright - Atlanta, Ga.
Felicia Clement - Long Beach, Calif.
Frannie Cormier - San Diego, Calif.
Danielle Kaufman - Littleton, Colo.
Taylor Parker - Bozeman, Mont.
Raquel Rosas - Westminster, Calif.
Maggie Sherrill - Littleton, Colo.
Allison Vakerics- Livonia, Mich.
"I am thrilled about this recruiting class," head coach Matt McShane
said. "I think that we have taken a major step forward with the quality athletes that are coming in. We've added height and athleticism. These players come from good club teams that did remarkably well this past year. I think there will be competition every day in practice ... not just to get on the court for matches, but to get on the first court during practice and to make the travel roster."
Following today's in-processing, Basic Cadet Training is divided into two phases. The first session takes place in the Cadet Area and focuses on military orientation, including basic military skills and responsibilities, improving physical conditioning and understanding teamwork through competitive sports. During the second phase, the Basics will march out to Jack's Valley, where they will focus on field training activities, while developing their mental and physical confidence training.
The volleyball team opens its season on Aug. 24-25, when it travels to Houston, Texas, for the Rice Invitational. While there, the Falcons will face tournament host Rice on Friday, Aug. 24, before taking on Arkansas State and former conference opponent BYU on Saturday, Aug. 25.