Volleyball Inks Four
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Howard Volleyball Head Coach, Dawn Barnes has announced the signing of four student-athletes during early signing period. Alexis Skinner, Meagan Lagerlef, Assata Conway, and Stephanie "Teppi" Shultis will join the Lady Bison in the fall of 2011.
"I look for them to make our gym more competitive and bringing back the rich tradition Howard Volleyball once had," said Barnes.
Skinner is a 5-7 outside hitter from Thomas Johnson High School. The Frederick, MD native led her team to the Maryland 4A State finals with a record of 15-4 this past season. She is a two-time first team All-Gazette selection, and a Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention. Skinner led her team in offense – boasting 163 kills, 104 digs and 32 aces as the team captain. She is also a leader in the classroom, maintaining a 3.25 GPA.
"Skinner is a competitor whose natural athleticism and versatility will allow her to play a couple of positions for us," commented Barnes. "I am excited to see her future development in our program."
Lagerlef is a 5-10 outside hitter and defensive specialist from Blake High School in Silver Spring, MD. She is a four-time letter winner, a two-time first team All-Gazette selection, and a 2010 All-Met Honorable Mention. The Montgomery County Senior All-Star is a member of the nationally ranked Metro-American 18U Travel Team. Lagerlef maintains a 3.64 GPA and is a recipient of the Motion Scholar Athlete award.
"Lagerlef will bring a fierce and competitive edge into our gym. She is very athletic and explosive, and her tough mentality and work ethic will be a great addition to our program," said Barnes.
Conway is a 6-2 middle blocker from Westside High School in Missouri City, TX. She is a two-time first team All-District selection. She has also lettered in basketball and track, and maintains a 3.2 GPA.
"Conway has a huge upside and I am looking for her to make great strides as she prepares to play at this level," commented Barnes. "Her natural athleticism and blocking ability will definitely add depth to our middle blocker position."
Shultis is a 6-2 right side hitter and setter from Richmond High School. The Annadale, VA native served as team captain and received team MVP and Coach's Award following her senior season. She is also a 2010 second-team All-District selection.
"I am expecting great things out of Teppi right away in the setter position," said Barnes. "She is going to help us on the right side with her blocking abilities. Teppi will add a great deal of poise, intensity, and game savvy to this program. She has the opportunity to become one of the more poised setters to ever play at Howard."