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Poole inks two for 2005

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Poole inks two for 2005

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas head coach Chris Poole announced the signing of Destiny Clark and Kristin Seaton to National Letters of Intent to join the Lady Razorback volleyball team for the 2005 season. "I am very excited about this recruiting class," said Poole. "We have had a priority the past two years to bring in great athletes. Kristin and Destiny will be two of the best athletes that have ever played at Arkansas. Along with (current Lady’Back) Christina Lawrence who redshirted this season at Arkansas, this will be one of the most athletic teams we have since 1998." Some of that athleticism comes from the newcomers leaping ability. Clark can touch 10’3" while Seaton comes to Fayetteville touching 10’2". The duo will team with Lawrence who currently touches 10’3" for the Lady’Backs. Clark hails from Manhattan, Kan., where she paced the Indians to three state 6A appearances, three sub-state titles and two I-70 league crowns. The three-year starter earned 6A state tournament first-team honors twice and was a first-team all-state and first-team all-Centennial League selection. As a senior, Clark hit .344 with 329 kills, 38 assists and 228 digs for the Indians. "Destiny was a ‘hidden jewel’," said Poole. "Although she has been very successful for her high school team in Manhattan, she did not play club ball. Many coaches around the country did not know of her. It is a very similar situation to (former Lady’Back) Jessica Field and we believe that Destiny has the athleticism and speed that will draw comparisons to Field. Destiny will primarily focus on playing middle and has joined a club team in Kansas this year, where she will gain valuable experience throughout the spring club season." Seaton checks into the lineup from Fort Smith, Ark., following on the heels of graduating all-star Jennifer Haaser, also of Fort Smtih. While at Northside, Seaton was a four-time all-conference and two-time all-state selection while leading the Lady Bears to their first AAAAA Conference title this season. Seaton earned a pair of all-state tournament team honors and is a two-time Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas first-team member. "Kristin has primarily played middle blocker for her high school program, but has focused more on the outside with the Ozark Juniors and also with the training she had with the USA Youth National Team," said Poole. "She is a great passer and reads very well on defense, so I see her having a chance to immediately step on the court as a full rotation player. She has a very high ‘volleyball IQ’." "We are very excited about both of these young ladies potential and believe that their athleticism will have them fighting for playing time immediately." For more about Arkansas volleyball, log on to www.ladybacks.com.



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