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Drake Volleyball To Add Four Student-Athletes For The 2016 Season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball will add four student-athletes for the 2016 season, head coach Darrin McBroom announced Friday, Jan. 8. Joining the Bulldogs will be Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.), Aubrey Boyles (Tempe, Ariz.), Courtney Morehead (Bellevue, Neb.) and Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa).”I am pleased to welcome all four of these young women into our program,” McBroom said. “They all embody the kind of attitude and traits that we believe we need to continue to advance this program.  We eagerly await their arrival in the upcoming year.”Aspinwall is a 5-8 setter from Dayton, Minn., that is a product of Maple Grove High School and member of Northern Lights Volleyball Club. This past high school season she recorded 670 assists, 160 digs and 34 blocks to earn all-conference honors for the second straight season. As a junior, she set the school record with 812 sets for coach Sean Haugen. Paige Aspinwall”What stands out about Paige is her delivery and the power with which she was able to deliver a consistent set to anywhere on the court,” McBroom said. “We are so excited that Drake turned out to be a good fit for Paige.” During the club season, Aspinwall helped Northern Lights to the 2015 Omaha Presidents Day Tournament title and a third-place finish at the AAU National Championships and a ninth place finish at the USJNC Tournament under coach Jackie Richter.”Not only does she possess the physical skill to be a great setter, but she also has the heart and mind to excel as well,” McBroom added. “She has demonstrated great passion for the game, a very competitive spirit and her coaches have praised Paige for her high work ethic.”Boyles is a 6-2 outside hitter from Tempe, Ariz., that was Marcos De Niza High School’s team captain and MVP her senior season. A four-year varsity player, she finished her career with 589 kills, 114 blocks and 391 digs. Aubrey Boyles”Aubrey is a great get for us and we look for her to have an immediate impact on our program,” McBroom said. “She has been a utility player throughout her prep experience playing outside, middle and opposite. It is this versatility that really appealed to us because as our program continues to growth our needs might change, having an athlete like Aubrey who is comfortable adapting and performing any front row position is well suited to our potential needs.” As a senior, she was an all-city selection and recorded the most kills in Marcos De Niza’s section as the team went undefeated in sectional play. She was also a key contributor for her club squad, Revolution Volleyball Academy.Morehead is a 5-6 libero and defensive specialist that joins the Bulldogs from Bellevue, Neb. A future graduate of Bellevue West High School, she is also product of the River City Juniors Volleyball program. “Courtney displays great enthusiasm and passion for the game and for defensive play. However she is not afraid to showcase her offense capabilities as well when the opportunities arise,” McBroom said.  “After attending our camp, our staff knew that she was a student-athlete that could improve our program.”Courtney MoreheadAs a senior at Bellevue West, she recorded 407 digs and 294 kills to help her team to district runner-up honors as the team captain under head coach Christina Reicks. During the club season, the River City Juniors were the runners-up at the AAU National Championships in addition to winning the JVA World Challenge title. Coached by Deb Grafetin, Morehead also helped the team to the title of the Northern Plains Power League.”I think the opportunities that Courtney has had in the past year to play up a division in club volleyball has sped up her development,”McBroom said. “Not only will she add to our team physically, but she is the kind of player who will emotionally add to our program and be a great teammate.”Tubbs joins the Bulldogs as an in-state recruit and 6-2 middle blocker from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa. As a senior, she was named to the Des Moines Register  Iowa Elite 8 team as well as garnering first team all-Metro, all-district and honorable mention all-state honors. She was also the Clinton Herald All-Area Player of the Year and earned an AVCA/MaxPreps Player of the Week honor. On the season, she hit at a .330 clip to help Clinton High School record its best season since 2004.”I am really excited to have Elle joining our program,” McBroom said. “She is an athlete who possess a lot of great qualities that we are looking for as we continue to build this program.  Being 6-2 combined with a great vertical is something that we can’t teach. Those assets will give her a great head start to be an exceptional performer at the collegiate level.”Elle TubbsDuring her junior season, she earned all-conference, all-area and all-metro honors. She competed at the club level for a variety of programs and finished fifth at the national tournament with the Iowa Stars and Iowa Spikes. Her father, Brig Tubbs, played basketball at the University of Iowa.”She has gained exceptional experience last year and will again this year playing for some of the top club teams in Iowa,” McBroom added.  “With two middle blockers graduating this year, we will look for Elle to compete for court time in her freshmen season at Drake.”The four commitments are set to join a roster projected to return 12 student-athletes from last season’s team that recorded the program’s most wins since the 2010 season.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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