Ebony Nwanebu Named MVP at Junior National Championships|
July 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Incoming USC women's volleyball outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships on Monday (July 1) after she led Texas Advantage Volleyball Club to the Open Division gold medal at the Dallas Convention Center.
"Winning the championship today was a great feeling. I couldn't have asked for a better finish to the season," said Nwanebu. "I hope I can help do the same thing at USC and bring a national title home for my team. Individually, I just want to bring positivity and hard work to the team in whatever role I play, next season."
Nwanebu hit an unthinkable .710 from the right side through her final three matches in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and in the championship match. She collected 26 kills and had 10 blocks to buoy her team to the national title.
One the top recruits in her class, Nwanebu was named the 2012 Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine High School Player of the Year and was selected as a member of the 2012 High School All-America first team. She was also named a first-team Under Armour All-American in the fall and helped lead Team West to a win in the Under Armour All-American game.
Under the direction of club director John Sample, Nwanebu also helped lead her squad to a silver-medal finish at the 2012 Junior National Championships and was selected to the all-tournament team.
"We are very excited to have Ebony join this squad," said USC head coach Mick Haley. "I have always felt that she was the No. 1 recruit in the country in her class and she has not disappointed. I believe she will be a wonderful addition to our program and to the university."
The Women of Troy open the 2013 season on the road in the Mortar Board Premiere tournament at host Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Friday, Aug. 30. Last year, the Trojans finished 30-6 and advanced to the NCAA regional championship in Austin. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information and a complete schedule.