Wolfpack Volleyball Adds Two New Players
Jan. 10, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s volleyball team, coming off the program’s second appearance in the NCAA Championships and its most wins since 1983, has added two new players to its 2013 recruiting class, head coach Bryan Bunn announced on Thursday.
Setter Tanna Aljoe, a transfer from San Diego State, and outside hitter Mary Catherine Preddy of South Granville High School joined previously announced signee Maggie Speaks in enrolling for the 2013 spring semester, which began on Monday at NC State.
All three will participate in spring workouts and practice with their new teammates.
“We are happy to add another talented group of players to our program,” said Bunn, who is entering his fourth season as head coach. “They will all benefit from being here for the spring semester and work with their new teammates.”
Aljoe is a 5-foo-10 native of Grapevine, Texas, who played in 10 matches last season for the Aztecs. She had 91 assists in her 22 sets played last season. A three-year letterwinner at Grapevine High School, Aljoe was a 5A all-state honorable mention selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association, a District 6-5A first-team selection and the Fort Worth Star Telegram Player of the Year.
“Tanna is a talented setter with a long list of accomplishments in her HS and club career. She brings a high level of experience to the position and that is important with the loss of [departed senior] Megan Cyr."
Despite missing the first two months of her senior season with torn ligaments, Aljoe finished with 199 digs and 8.9 assists per match. In her career, she amassed 1,129 assists and 3,298 digs as a three-year starter.
She played for the Texas Advantage Volleyball club for five years and was named team captain. Her team finished third or higher in 14 events, including six championships.
Preddy, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, helped South Granville High School to the North Carolina State High School Athletic Association Class 2-A finals, which was played at Reynolds Coliseum. The Lady Vikings fell in five sets to North Surry High in the title match.
“M.C. brings athleticism and size to our outside hitter position,” Bunn said. “She has a tremendous amount of untapped potential and it's a bonus that she is here early and can train all spring.”
Preddy was an integral part of a team that posted a 23-6 overall and 14-1 conference record. As a junior, she helped the Lady Vikings to a similar 23-4 overall and 14-1 conference mark, helping her team reach the regional finals of the 2011 2-A championships.
In her career, she had 876 kills, 74 blocks, 68 service aces and 123 digs for the Vikings.
Speaks, a 6-0 setter from Camden, S.C., signed with the Wolfpack in November.
Last season, the Wolfpack posted a 22-10 overall record and a 12-8 ACC mark and earned the school’s second trip to the NCAA Championship, where it dropped a 3-1 decision to Texas A&M in the first round.
It was the most wins for the program since the 1983 squad posted 23 victories and the Pack’s first winning season in ACC play since 1988.