USC Volleyball Signs Johnson, Reed, Wallace-Ford, and Garrick|
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April 22, 2015
LOS ANGELES - USC women's volleyball head coach Mick Haley has announced that the Women of Troy have signed four student-athletes to the 2015 incoming freshman class. This fall, the Trojans will welcome Victoria Garrick (Atherton, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep), Baylee Johnson (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville HS), Rachel Reed (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands HS), and Alyse Wallace-Ford (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei HS).
"We are excited to bring in this group of competitors," said Haley. "With these four, we've filled a number of holes left by our graduating class. Reed replaces Hannah Schraer; Johnson will replace both Hayley Crone and Emily Young; Garrick adds depth to our defense with the departures of Anne Marie Schmidt and Taylor Wheatley; and Wallace-Ford will take over at Lauryn Gillis' position. Each of these signees are rated among the nation's top 50 recruits with Johnson and Wallace-Ford right at the top of the class."
Johnson is a 6-0 setter who played for the Northern Kentucky Volleyball Club. She is already enrolled at USC and has been practicing and competing with the Women of Troy this spring. Johnson was recently tabbed as one of Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 players and was among the top 50 juniors in 2014 as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com. She is the No. 28-ranked Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com, was a member of the 2013 USAV High Performance All-Tournament Team, and has been named to all-league, all-state, and all-region teams throughout her prep career.
"Baylee is doing a wonderful job taking over for Emily Young at the setting position," said Haley. "She has sensational potential and we can't wait to see her in action when we open our schedule in the fall."
Wallace-Ford is a 5-10 outside hitter who plays for Laguna Beach Volleyball Club, the same club that produced current USC players Elise Ruddins and Taylor Whittingham. Wallace-Ford was named to Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 list this spring and was a 2014 MaxPreps High School All-America third-team selection. She is ranked the No. 16 Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com and was the 2014 CIF Co-Player of the Year as she helped lead Mater Dei to the CIF final.
"Alyse is certainly among the top two or three best players to come out of Southern California this year," said Haley. "We expect her to step in and make an immediate impact. She will be a serious crowd pleaser with her outstanding vertical leap and quick feet. Our fans won't want to miss anything she does including in warm ups next fall."
Reed is a 6-1 middle blocker who has played for the Houston Juniors and Woodlands Wave Volleyball Club. She received Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 honors this spring and was named to the Under Armour High School All-America third team last fall. Reed is ranked No. 48 among the Top 50 Senior Aces by PrepVolleyball.com and helped lead her team to back-to-back Texas State championships. She was also named to the All-Montgomery County first team.
"We think Rachel fits in perfectly into our middle attacker rotation," said Haley. "It may take a little time for her to adjust to the speed of the college game, but she is a gamer and competes hard on every play. Her high school won two Texas state championships in a row and we are excited for Rachel to bring that winning attitude to our freshman class."
Garrick is a 5-10 libero who played for Red Rock Volleyball Club. She is a two-time High School All-American and was named one of PrepVolleyball.com's Defensive Dandies in 2014. Garrick has served as captain of her team at Sacred Heart for each of the last two seasons and helped lead her team to the DIV league championship, the CIF Central Coast Section title, and the Northern California championship.
"Victoria will challenge for playing time in the back court this fall," said Haley. "She has improved a lot in recent months and has been recognized nationally this spring for her consistent passing and aggressive defensive play. We are very pleased to have Victoria on board."
The Women of Troy (16-16, 8-12 Pac-12) finished 10th in the conference in 2014, but were selected to the program's 24th straight NCAA tournament (32nd overall). USC defeated Coastal Carolina the first round but fell to site host No. 7 North Carolina in the second round in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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