USC Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 by PrepVolleyball
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May 28, 2014
LOS ANGELES - USC’s 2014 freshman class was ranked No. 2 in the country on PrepVolleyball.com’s recently released rankings of women’s volleyball recruiting classes. This fall, the Women of Troy will welcome Brittany Abercrombie (6-2 OH, La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif.); Jordan Dunn (6-4 MB, Corona HS, Corona, Calif.); Lauryn Gillis (6-2 OH, New Castle HS, New Castle, Ind.) and Taylor Wheatley (6-2 OH, Orange Lutheran HS, Villa Park, Calif.).
The Trojans’ recruiting classes have been nothing short of exceptional under the guidance of head coach Mick Haley and associate head coach Tim Nollan. USC has had classes ranked in the top two in three of the last five years and has signed classes ranked in the top 10 in five of the last six years.
The Trojans’ 2013 class of Ebony Nwanebu, Elise Ruddins, Anne Marie Schmidt, Kelly Wimmer, and Taylor Whittingham was also ranked No. 2 (rankings were determined before USC added setter Alice Pizzasegola). In 2011, USC brought in the 10th-ranked group made up of seniors Hayley Crone, Hannah Schraer, and Emily Young, and since-departed players Eve Ettinger, and Bria Russ. USC’s 2010 class of Kirby Burnham, Falyn Fonoimoana, Natalie Hagglund, Sam Hirschmann, Alexis Olgard, and Sara Shaw was rated the top recruiting class in the nation. Before the signing of All-American outside hitter Samantha Bricio, the Trojans’ 2012 class of Alicia Ogoms, Cinnamon Sary, and Kiara Wright was ranked No. 17 in the nation.
This fall, USC hopes to reload and replace graduating seniors Hagglund, Olgard, and Shaw, from that No. 1-ranked class of 2010. The Trojans will bring in four freshmen, highlighted by several heralded local products and one Midwest gem.
Easily one of the top players in the country, Brittany Abercrombie was named a 2013 preseason All-American by MaxPreps and later received Under Armour All-America and Volleyball Magazine All-America honors. She was a Fab 50 selection and is a rare find as a left-handed opposite. Abercrombie has an arsenal of shots and can find ways to score in any system. Her athleticism makes her a prime candidate to become as lethal as a blocker as she is a hitter.
Another Fab 50 selection, Jordan Dunn may be one of the quickest middle blockers in the country. She has quick twitch feet and can hit very well off a one-foot approach. Her athleticism as a middle makes her an asset in the passing game and on defense for the Trojans who will add another dimension to both their offensive and defensive systems with Dunn on the floor.
USC snags one of the best outside hitters in the country in Lauryn Gillis. Gillis is the Trojans' third Fab 50 incoming freshman and received both Volleyball Magazine and Under Armour All-America honors. The exceptionally talented Indiana native can go all the way around as a six-rotation player and has the power to score when she is in the front row. She was the 2012 Gatorade Indiana Volleyball Player of the Year.
Taylor Wheatley's ball-control prowess as an outside hitter make her an invaluable addition as the Trojans look to replace the departing passing skills of Shaw and Hagglund. She is an athlete that brings a true Trojan pedigree to the court as each of her brothers, Bob and Brent, star on USC’s baseball team.