BATON ROUGE, La. – Just months away from the start of a new season, the LSU volleyball team received some early preseason accolades as PrepVolleyball.com released its top 30 collegiate recruiting classes of 2014 and the Tigers check in with the 13th best class in the nation the website announced.
LSU, coming off of 19-13 campaign in 2013 and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, is the second-highest rated team out of the Southeastern Conference according to John Tawa, the author of the piece, and is the first time since 2012 that a Tiger freshman class has garnered this distinction since the 2012 class was rated 29th.
In a haul the Tigers will add to the fold in 2014 Kelly Esch, 6-1 OH, Jamestown (Virginia); Mimi Eugene, 5-10 OH, Cypress Falls (Houston, Texas); Elly Ogle, 5-11 S, Notre Dame Academy (Park Hills, Kentucky); Kelly Quinn, 5-5 Libero, The Woodlands (Texas); Toni Rodriguez, 6-1 MB, St. Amant (Louisiana); Regina Tillis, 5-10 OH, Rockwall (Texas); Cheyenne Wood, 5-4 DS/S, Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Tawa of PrepVolleyball.com on LSU’s 2014 class…
“The Tigers bring in one of the most dynamic group of athletes in the history of the program. Eugene, from Houston Juniors, is an incredibly smooth six-rotation player. Already enrolled in LSU this past January, she has a vast history of international experience with the USA program. To balance Eugene’s true O2 style of play, LSU recruited Tillis from Madfrog, an extremely physical outside hitter who does every skill with sheer power and velocity. In the setting position, Ogle, a long-time, tough-nosed basketball player, will bring extreme athleticism and has the fight and tenacity that every team needs. She will be able to run the fast pace offense for these fast twitch hitters. Defensively, the Tigers are covered with Quinn coming to the program with her consistent passing and natural ability to read defensively. She led her The Woodlands High School team to an undefeated season and Texas 5A state championship during her senior year. Rodriguez, a Louisiana native, could be the surprise of the class as she is still growing even during her senior year. She has a huge future with her ability to play every position in the front row. Esch, a powerful hitter, will add even more depth to the team as she is versatile and can play multiple spots. Wood, a defender and setter from Triangle Volleyball Club, is one of LSU’s first dual sport recruits and will add in multiple positions for the indoor team and will bring more experience to the sand program. Look for this class to make an immediate and powerful impact on LSU to take the next step from last year’s NCAA Second Round appearance.”
LSU has earned 190 victories sparked by five 20-win seasons to go along with seven SEC Western Division titles since 2005. The Tigers also are one of 29 programs to appear in at least seven NCAA Tournaments during the past nine seasons.
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