FAYETTEVILLE – The 2012 incoming class for the University of Arkansas volleyball team has been ranked No. 26 in the country by PrepVolleyball.com’s Top 30 annual list. The ranking is the highest in program history by the publication. The Razorbacks’ latest recruiting class includes Monica Bollinger, Liz Fortado, Ana Jusino, Summer Morgan and Adrien Wohlschlaeger.
"This is a special group," head coach Robert Pulliza said. "There is no doubt they will have an immediate impact on our team and will help us become one of the best programs in the country. We have a veteran group on campus that is hungry to prove we have something special here in Fayetteville and will do a great job of leading this freshman class."
This is the fourth recruiting class for Pulliza since becoming Arkansas’ head coach. The Razorbacks are one of five teams from the Southeastern Conference in the top-30 rankings, including newest member Texas A&M. Only three conference teams are ranked ahead of the Razorbacks.
Bollinger, a 5-9 defensive specialist from St. Louis, Mo., was a four-time all-conference performer for Rockwood Summit High School and helped High Performance club to a fifth-place finish at the 2011 AAU Girls Junior National Championships. Fortado, a 6-2 opposite from Flower Mound, Texas, ranked No. 75 on the 2012 Senior Aces List by PrepVolleyball and was a 2011-12 Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American for the AVCA.
Jusino, a 6-2 middle blocker from Orlando, Fla., was the No. 79 player in the 2012 Senior Aces class and has international experience as a past member of the Puerto Rico Youth and Junior National Teams. Morgan, a 6-1 middle blocker from Springdale, Ark., was a PrepVolleyball Special Mention All-American, received Senior Ace recognition and was an all-state performer for Har-Ber High School.
Wohlschlaeger is a 6-0 setter from Conroe, Texas. She was a member of the 2011 USA Girls’ Youth A2 Program and helped guide Conroe High School to the state 5A playoffs during her senior season.
"Our staff did a great job," Pulliza said. "This is Carol’s first class as recruiting coordinator. Not a bad way to start your coordinating career than by recruiting the highest-ranked class in school history. I am proud of the staff we have and the job they are doing on the recruiting trail. Along with this class and the commitments we have in place for the next couple of years, the future is bright for Razorback volleyball."
This is also the fourth recruiting class for assistant coach Carol Price-Torok. In January, Pulliza announced the addition of Anders Nelson as an assistant coach for the Razorback staff. For more information regarding Razorback volleyball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
PrepVolleyball.com Class Analysis"Two middles with unlimited potential headline coach Robert Pulliza’s class at Arkansas. (Ana) Jusino, a member of the Puerto Rican Youth National Team ranked among the Top 100 Senior Aces, combines effortless lateral movement, explosive leaping ability and long arms to make her a blocking machine with the ability to neutralize even the most accomplished attackers. (Summer) Morgan is a pure athlete who just missed the Top 100. She soars well over 10-0. (Liz) Fortado, a southpaw, has the ability to duplicate her status as a point-scoring machine at the collegiate level. (Monica) Bollinger is a skilled and competitive back row player who should make a major contribution from Day 1. (Adrien) Wohlschlaeger is a smooth setter with great touch who will add quality depth to the position and could surprise with more experience."