USC Women's Volleyball Adds Three to Incoming 2013 Class|
May 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's volleyball team has added three players to the incoming 2013 freshman class, head coach Mick Haley announced Wednesday, May 1. The Women of Troy will welcome defensive specialists Anne Marie Schmidt (Archbishop Mitty HS | San Jose, Calif.), Kelly Wimmer (Saint Francis HS | Los Altos Hills, Calif.), and Taylor Whittingham (Santa Margarita HS | Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) this fall.
"Each of these young ladies has established themselves as high level players," said Haley. "They know how to compete and play the game, and that's critical for our program. I expect them to come in and make our daily practices highly competitive. I'm looking forward to having all three in the gym especially with Natalie Hagglund being a senior, this fall. What a great role model to study under."
Schmidt prepped at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif. As a senior, she was chosen to the Mizuno/Volleyball Girls High School All-America first team and named West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year. Schmidt was also named the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Central Coast Section Player of the Year and was a MaxPreps All-American as she helped AMHS to the CIF Division II title match en route to 570 career digs. Schmidt played for Vision Volleyball Club in Los Gatos, Calif., under head coach Jason Mansfield and helped her club win the bronze medal at the 2012 Junior Olympics.
Wimmer attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. In 2012, she helped her team advance to the semifinals of the CIF Central Coast Section championship and take third place at the Milpitas Spikefest. Wimmer helped her team to the CCS title as a junior and a runner-up finish for the CIF NorCal Championship. She is a four-year Saint Francis Scholar-Athlete and three-time recipient of high honors. Wimmer played for Vision Volleyball Club in Los Gatos, Calif., under Mansfield as a teammate of Schmidt's. She helped her 17s squad qualify for the open division at junior nationals and a fourth-place finish at the Spokane qualifier.
Whittingham prepped at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. where she was the starting libero for two years. As a senior in 2012, she was named to the All-Trinity League Second Team and the All-Orange County Dream Team. As a junior, Whittingham led her team to the second of back-to-back league titles and was chosen for All-Trinity First Team honors. She is a three-time recipient of the SMHS Scholar-Athlete Award. Whittingham played seven years with the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club in Laguna Beach, Calif., under head coach Michael Soylular where she helped her team to second place in the Champions at Fiesta Classic in 2012.
Schmidt, Wimmer, and Whittingham will join USC's two fall signees--Ebony Nwanebu (Lovejoy HS | Lucas, Texas) and Elise Ruddins (Aliso Niguel HS | Laguna Niguel, Calif.)--as a part of the 2013 freshman class.
Last season, the Trojans appeared in their fourth NCAA regional final in six years. Two-time All-American libero Natalie Hagglund returns with the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year outside hitter Samantha Bricio who was named a third-team All-American by Volleyball Magazine. USC finished in third place in the Pac-12 with a 15-5 conference record. The Trojans are led by 13th-year head coach Mick Haley in his 37th year overall.