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UA Volleyball inks two for 2007

BY ANDRES FOCIL
UA Volleyball inks two for 2007

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas volleyball coach Chris Poole announced the signing of Sarah Freudenrich and Hillary McCormick to National Letters of Intent today. "We are excited about our two signees," said Poole. "Both of these young ladies were basketball stars, before they considered volleyball as their main sport. We feel that they are late bloomers in the game of volleyball, but have a ton of potential. We expect both of them to make great strides once they are able to focus full time in volleyball." Freudenrich, a 6-4 middle blocker from Broken Arrow, Okla., joins the Lady Razorbacks early beginning class in January. Freudenrich is a two-time team MVP for the Tigers leading the team in blocks as a junior and senior. She is a two-time first-team all-Frontier selection and has earned all-Metro and all-academic honors. In addition to high school volleyball, Freudenrich played club ball for Team Tulsa leading her team to seven divisional titles in two seasons. Freudenrich also played basketball for Broken Arrow attending the same high school as former Lady Razorback honorable mention all-American Sara Kincaid. She is the oldest of two children to Bill and Karen Freudenrich and has a younger brother, Jake. "Sarah has great size and reminds me a lot of Sara Kincaid at that age," said Poole. "Sarah has decided not to play basketball this season and instead is going to graduate early and join us in the spring. We expect this to be a huge advantage for her over most high school graduates during the summer. This gives her the opportunity to train with college players and will be eligible to play in college matches this spring. Like Sara Kincaid, Sarah is well coordinated for her size and can already do some nice things at the net. She will need to learn the speed of the game at the college level, but we are excited about getting a head start working with her." McCormick joins the Lady Razorbacks from Overland Park, Kansas, where the 6-1 outside hitter is a two-time all-state all-Sunflower Team and all-East Kansas League selection. She finished her volleyball career as the Mustangs top blocker with 342 blocks and was second in kills with 870. The Blue Valley North product is also a two-time all-Metro basketball player who holds several school records for the Mustangs. In addition, she helped the Mustangs to a Kansas 6A state basketball title and is the all-time leading scorer in school history. "Hillary is a very good hitter right now," said Poole. "She is versatile in that she can play left or right front because of her size. Hillary will immediately add some much needed depth on the outside next fall. With us losing both Denny (Koleva) and Kele (Brewer) we need Hillary to be in the mix. How fast she will be on the court depends on her development between now and August. She plays for a competitive club team in Kansas City and will certainly have the opportunity to gain a lot of playing time this spring and summer on an elite level." Arkansas wraps up the 2006 home regular season schedule Sunday hosting Alabama in a 1:30 p.m. match celebrating the teams’ seniors. For more information about Arkansas volleyball, log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



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