Trio of Incoming Trojans Earns Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 Honors|
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Feb. 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Three 2014 incoming USC women's volleyball players were named to Volleyball Magazine's 2014 Girls' Fab 50 list on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Brittany Abercrombie (Carlsbad, Calif. | La Costa Canyon HS/Coast VBC), Lauryn Gillis (New Castle, Ind. | New Castle HS/Munciana VBC) and Jordan Dunn (Corona, Calif. | Corona HS/Mavericks VBC) all joined a historic list of players to have been chosen for Fab 50 honors including Olympic legends Logan Tom, Lindsey Berg, and Misty May-Treanor, who is now a volunteer assistant coach for USC's sand volleyball team. Most recently, sophomore outside hitters Ebony Nwanebu and Elise Ruddins were chosen in 2013.
Abercrombie and Gillis were each also chosen for 2013 Volleyball Magazine Girls' High School second-team All-America honors in January.
Abercrombie, a 6-2 left-handed outside hitter, comes to USC from LCCHS, the same high school that produced former USC volleyball All-Americans Katie Fuller and Natalie Hagglund. MaxPreps named Abercrombie a 2013 preseason All-American, while PrepVolleyball.com named her the No. 4 Senior Ace in the nation. She is also an Under Armour Girls High School All-American. In her first year with the Women of Troy, Abercrombie will add depth to USC's impressive outside hitter position, headlined by junior Samantha Bricio and sophomore Ebony Nwanebu, both of whom won Volleyball Magazine's Freshman of the Year award in their first seasons with the Trojans.
Gillis is a 6-2 outside hitter and is PrepVolleyball's No. 7 Senior Ace. She was chosen to the 2013 Under Armour Girls High School All-America First Team. A power hitter in the front row, Gillis is an exceptionally talented athlete who can be effective in all six rotations. She was the 2012 Gatorade Indiana Volleyball Player of the Year and is highly coveted for her superior ball-control skills. She helped Munciana to remarkable runs in the 2011 and 2012 AAU Championships where she earned All-America honors. Gillis was named the best varsity-playing freshman in America as a member of the 2010 PrepVolleyball Frosh 59 and was a first-team All-Conference and All-Area selection.
Dunn is a 6-3 middle blocker who was rated the No. 25 Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com. She may be one of the quickest middles in the country and has quick feet with a strong one-foot approach. She was named one of Volleyball Magazine's Top 30 Underclassman to Watch and led her high school squad in kills, digs, and blocks in both 2012 and 2013. Dunn was twice chosen to the Big VIII All-Conference first team and was a member of the 2013 VolleyballNow Southern California All-Star Team. Her athleticism makes her an asset in the passing game and will add another dimension on defense for USC.
USC, which has consistently brought in some of the most highly-touted recruiting classes in the nation, will again produce one of the top five groups in the country as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com. Being named to the Fab 50 list has been a recent predictor of success for the Women of Troy. Nwanebu and Ruddins both made the cut in 2013, while junior middle blocker Kiara Wright made the list in 2012.
The three incoming Women of Troy are joined on the Fab 50 list by Kelly Claes (Placentia, Calif. | El Dorado HS), a USC sand volleyball signee. Claes is regarded as the No. 1 sand recruit in the nation and the only Fab 50 selection who is set to play collegiate sand volleyball exclusively.
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