July 11, 2012

Volleyball Announces Incoming Class

BOSTON, Mass. – With the 2012 season just a few short weeks away, UMass Boston volleyball coaches announced the newest members of the three-time Little East Conference championship Beacons.  This year's incoming class will be another talented and exciting group of athletes and should play an immediate role in putting the Beacons back in the hunt for another conference and regional title.

"This incoming class is one of the more talented groups that we have ever brought in.  We are extremely excited for when they arrive on campus.  They are a great group of girls that are all very dedicated.  We are excited to see how they adapt to the collegiate level and how they will help the program push towards winning a national championship," said Associate Head Coach Michael Houlihan.

2012 UMass Boston Volleyball Recruiting Class

Name: Blair Boyer
Hometown: Leucadia, California
Height: 5'10"
Position: Outside Hitter/Setter
High School: La Costa Canyon
Club Team: WAVE Volleyball

Key Facts: Helped her high school squad to two league championships … First place in Southern California amongst Division II teams in her senior year … Two year member of the WAVE Volleyball Club team … Named team captain and started every season with her club teams … Named to her high school's honor roll every year … Received the Athletic Scholars Award.


Name: Danielle Marotto
Hometown: Lancaster, New York
Height: 5'4"
Position: Libero
High School: Lancaster Central
Club Team: Niagara Frontier

Key Facts: Received the Defensive Award as a sophomore … Two-year member of the varsity program … Named Co-captain as a senior … Named Division I All-Star … All-WNY Team Honorable Mention … Served as team captain with club team … Named to her high school Honor Roll all four years … Active member as a Student Union Representative … Member of the National Honor Society for three years … Served as Vice President of the National Honor Society as a senior … Graduated in the top-100 out of 531 students.


Name: Megan Pollock
Hometown: Wilton, California
Height: 5'9"
Position: Outside Hitter
Junior College: Sacramento City College
Club Team: Delta Valley

Key Facts: JUNIOR COLLEGE: Named Second Team Big 8 All-Conference selection as a sophomore at Sacramento City College … Named team captain as a sophomore … Selected for the Junior Olympics team in 2006 and 2010 … Two-time Presidents Honoree for maintain a 3.0 GPA or better … Earned the Freshmen Academic Athletic Award … Received the Outstanding Woman Student Leadership Award … Sophomore Academic-Athletic Award honoree … Female Scholar Athlete of the Year … CCCAA Scholar Athlete.  HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year varsity letter winner at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California … Two-time All-League honoree … Four-time team captain.


Name: Emma Rocha
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Height: 5'6"
Position: Setter
High School: Pope John Paul II
Club Team: Palm Beach Juniors

Key Facts: Four-year varsity starter … Three-time team captain … Two-time District Champion … Regional finalist as a senior … Two-time All-County Honorable Mention … Two-time First Team All-County … Named Team MVP twice … Maintained a 3.7 GPA in high school … Named to National Honors Society … Member of the Ambassador Program and Mu Alpha Theta.


Name: Briana Sousa
Hometown: Swansea, Massachusetts
Height: 5'11"
Position: Middle Hitter
High School: Joseph Case
Club Team: Whaler Camp, Newport Volleyball

Key Facts: Two-time Sportsmanship Award winner … State Champion in 2009 … State Finalist in 2010 and 2011 … Two-time Boston Herald News All-Star … Conference All-Star in 2011 … All-State Honoree as a senior … Named Team MVP as a senior … Set multiple blocking records … Named to her High School's Honor Roll … Named History Student of the Month … Peer Mediator.


Name: Molly Witzmann
Hometown: Encinitas, California
Height: 6'1"
Position: Middle Hitter/Outside
High School: La Costa Canyon
Club Team: Encinitas Wave

Key Facts: Four-year member of the varsity volleyball team … Won the conference championship and finished second at the state tournament … Competed with the Junior Olympic team … Multi-year member of the Encinitas Wave Club team.