– Based on the strength of its incoming class, the University of Arkansas volleyball team has received Highest Honorable Mention from PrepVolleyball.com for its 2014 recruiting class, sitting just outside of the top 30 in the country. Since the signing period began last November, the Razorbacks have bolstered their roster with the addition of nine newcomers for the 2014 season.
The recruiting class features Sophie Bethke, Chanell Clark-Bibbs, Corinne Gajcak, Bailee Hankenson, Holly Hankenson, Shelby Harper, Krista Kolbinskie, Kori Ortiz and Sam Skinner. Bethke and Harper both joined the program in January to participate in spring workouts. As transfers to Arkansas, Clark-Bibbs, Gajcak and Skinner are not figured into rankings by PrepVolleyball.com.
This year’s incoming group includes three PrepVolleyball.com Top-100 recruits with Clark-Bibbs ranked No. 25 in 2012 and Harper and Bethke ranked No. 93 and 95, respectively, on the 2014 list. Overall, the Razorbacks will have seven Top-100 recruits on this year’s roster with Bethke, Clark-Bibbs, Harper, Liz Fortado
, Danielle Harbin
, Breana Jones
and Ana Sofia Jusino
Arkansas’ nine newcomers will join 11 returners from its 2013 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a second-consecutive season. Among the returners is 2013 All-American Meredith Hays
, the lone senior on this year’s roster.
This marks the sixth recruiting class at Arkansas for head coach Robert Pulliza
and associate head coach Carol Price-Torok
. With the most recent release, the Razorbacks have now earned three-consecutive national rankings for its recruiting class from PrepVolleyball.com. Last year’s class was ranked first among SEC programs and No. 16 overall while the 2012 class was No. 26 in the country.
2014 Razorback Volleyball Recruiting Class
Sophie Bethke, freshman, S (Wimberley, Texas)
Chanell Clark-Bibbs, junior, MB (Houston, Texas/Georgia Tech)*
Corinne Gajcak, junior, L/DS (Lisle, Ill./Iowa)*
Bailee Hankenson, freshman, S (Decatur, Ill.)
Holly Hankenson, freshman, OH (Decatur, Ill.)
Shelby Harper, freshman, MB/OH (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Krista Kolbinskie, freshman, OH/DS (San Antonio, Texas)
Kori Ortiz, freshman, L/DS (Southlake, Texas)
Sam Skinner, junior, OH (Birmingham, Ala./UAB)*
* - not counted toward recruiting class ranking
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