May 14, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego head women's volleyball coach Jennifer Petrie has announced the addition of five to the 2013 roster. Joining USD this fall will be Taylor Hollins (Long Beach, Calif.), a transfer from the University of Miami, as well as Hunter Jennings (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Jennifer Lauber (Gauting, Bavaria, Germany), Sofia Lavin (Laguna Beach, Claif.) and Lauren Schad (Rapid City, S.D.).
"We are very excited about the incoming 2013 class of athletes. Diverse in position, geographic location and age, our incoming class will add to our program in many areas," stated Petrie. "The class covers California, South Dakota, Germany and the University of Miami. By adding five new members to our squad, the added depth and skill will round out our team nicely."
Hollins, a 5-9 outside hitter from Long Beach, Calif., transfers to USD after a three-year stand-out career with the Miami. Hollins is coming off a junior campaign in which she was named All-ACC after leading the team with 365 kills, while hitting for a .215 clip, and she was second on the team with 344 digs. She posted 18 double-doubles last season in helping lead the Hurricanes reach the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hollins is a Southern Cailf. native, having grown in in Long Beach Calif., where she attended Lakewood High School.
"Taylor Hollins is a senior transfer from the University of Miami. She comes to our program after leading her team in kills and providing solid primary passing," explains Petrie. "She will compete right away for a starting role, and her skills will help us to beat ranked teams in the preseason as well as defend the West Coast Conference title."
Jennings, a 5-5 libero, comes to the Toreros after a stellar high school and club career. She prepped at Newport Harbor High School, where she was a four-year letter winner. In her junior year, she helped lead her team to a league championship, and a CIF finals appearance, as well as making the All-State tournament. Jennings was a second-team All-league performer as a junior and took home first-team honors as a senior. She also plays club volleyball for the Orange County Volleyball Team under Charlie Brand.
"Hunter Jennings is coming to us from Orange County Volleyball Club, noted for excellent ball control and defensive training," said Petrie. "Hunter has mastered the art of libero, and she will add solid passing and defense to our team."
Lauber, a 6-1 outside hitter, will join the Toreros as a freshman in the fall after a stand-out career at Munich International School. She was a three-sport stand-out in volleyball, basketball and softball, where she earned a All-Tournament Award in the Division II International School Sports Tournament in all three sports. She earned her volleyball All-Tournament award in her junior season, as she was also named the varsity team captain.
"Jennifer Lauber resides in Germany and will add maturity to our young squad of freshmen. Although she is in the freshmen class, her age is that of a senior. We are excited to add her knowledge and athleticism to our program," stated Petrie.
Lavin, a 6-2 opposite, comes to the Toreros after an impressive career at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. She was a three-year letter winner, a three-time first-team All-Trinity league member, and a two-time second-team All-Orange County selection. As a senior, she recorded 387 kills, had 25 aces, 121 digs and 13 blocks, en route to eclipsing the 1,000-career kills mark in her final year. She was also named "Senior Aces" by Prep Volleyball for 2012. As a junior, she recorded 450 kills, had 11 aces, 83 digs, 16 blocks and was named the Trinity League MVP. In her sophomore year, she recorded 184 kills, had nine aces, 36 digs and 1 blocks. She also played club volleyball for the Tstreet Volleyball Club.
"Sofia Lavin is a skilled outside hitter that will add great firepower to our offense," said Petrie. "Her arm swing is very quick and she has a jump serve that is extremely hard to receive. She plays for a very talented club that is one of the top ranked teams in the country."
Schad, a 6-2 middle blocker, comes to the Toreros after an outstanding club and high school career. While attending Rapid City Central High School, Schad was a three-year letter winner in volleyball. As a senior, she led the state in hitting percentage (.458), total blocks (180), blocks-per-game (2.81) and kills-per-game (5.03). As a junior, she recorded 143 kills, had 62 total blocks en route to being selected the Best in the West second-team distinction, and a Greater Dakota Conference second-team selection. She played club volleyball for the Black Hills Juniors. Her club accomplishments include playing in the Girls National JO's Tournament in 2012, winning the Lion and the Lamb Tournament in Omaha, Neb., and placing second at the Sioux Falls Tournament. She was also a letter winner in basketball and track. She chose to attend USD because it has been a long time dream of hers to play volleyball on the West Coast, plus USD was the only school that offered a degree program she is interested in, and she will be closer to her older sister who are attending prestigious university's in Northern California.
"We found Lauren Schad in the state of South Dakota, where volleyball is sparse but very much alive. She is a 6'2 middle, very versatile along the net and is an offensive weapon off of one foot behind the setter," said Petrie.