Pack Volleyball Adds Three More Recruits For 2013 Season
Feb. 12, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State volleyball coach Bryan Bunn has added three new players to his roster for the 2013 season, increasing his fourth recruiting class to six players.
The three newcomers, all freshmen and all from North Carolina, will enroll in the summer and join the roster when the Wolfpack begins preparation for the coming season in July.
Outside hitter Eve Davis of Charlotte Latin High School and the Carolina Juniors club team was the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, an Under Armor First-Team All-American and a Prep Volleyball All-American. The 6-foot-1 hitter helped her team with the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association championship as a senior. She plans to study business at NC State.
“Eve is a highly decorated six-rotation outside hitter that we expect to challenge for playing time right away,” Bunn said. “She brings good size and a high volleyball IQ to our outside hitter position.”
Defensive specialist/libero Rachel Eppley of Charlotte was Davis’ teammate on the Carolina Juniors who played her final two years at Ardrey Kell High School after two years at Hopewell High School. The 5-foot-8 player was a two-time Southwestern 4A all-conference selection who was the captain on Kell’s 2012 4A state championship team. She was chosen both the Southwestern 4A Conference Player of the Year and the league tournament most valuable player. Additionally, she was a third-team Max Preps All-American and an honorable mention Prep Volleyball All-American.
“Rachel is a terrific defender and ball control player,” Bunn said. “She sees the game very well and is a super competitor. We look for her to make an immediate impact in the back row.”
Maddie Brown of Cary, N.C., is a defensive specialist/libero who played at Green Hope High School and for the Triangle Volleyball Club. The 5-foot-7 player was a four-year starter in high school and an honor-roll student every semester of high school. She plans to major in zoology.
“Madison will add depth to our defensive specialist/libero position and will help improve our ball control immediately,” Bunn said.
Bunn – who guided the Wolfpack to a 22-10 record and the school’s first NCAA Championship appearance since 1987 -- also added three new players in January. Freshmen Maggie Speaks and M.C. Preddy enrolled at NC State midway through their senior years of high school and setter Tanna Aljoe, who spent one season at San Diego State, transferred into NC State at the semester break. All three will go through spring drills with the Wolfpack, which will include four spring tournaments.
In addition to Davis being named first-team All-American by Prep Volleyball, Eppley, Preddy and Speaks all earned honorable mention honors on the squad that was announced last week.
The Wolfpack roster -- with 10 returning lettermen, four returning redshirt players and six newcomers -- now has 20 players for the 2013 season.