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VB class ranked first in the SEC, No. 16 in the nation

BY ANDRES FOCIL
VB class ranked first in the SEC, No. 16 in the nation
FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas volleyball team has been recognized as having the 16th ranked recruiting class in the country, as announced by PrepVolleyball.com on Wednesday. For the second consecutive season, the Razorbacks are receiving their highest recruiting class ranking in program history. In addition to its national ranking, Arkansas has the top-ranked class among teams in the SEC. The Razorbacks’ latest recruiting class includes Barbara Dapic, Blakelee Dunagin, Danielle Harbin, Meredith Hays, Breana Jones, Megan Mollett and Savannah Voelzke. Dapic and Hays were not counted toward Arkansas’ class ranking because international recruits and transfers are not considered by the publication. This marks the fifth recruiting class for head coach Robert Pulliza and assistant coach Carol Price-Torok at Arkansas. “We have been biased for a while about how good we thought this class is so it’s a great feeling to see them recognized by PrepVolleyball.com,” Pulliza said. “I believe our staff, especially our recruiting coordinator
Carol Price-Torok, did a great job of identifying and recruiting these student-athletes.” Arkansas’ initial wave of 2013 recruits included Harbin, Jones and Mollett, as the top-100 trio signed with the Razorbacks in November. All three were ranked within the Top 100 of PrepVolleyball’s 2012 Senior Aces list. Jones was ranked No. 52, Harbin was ranked No. 78 and Mollett was ranked No. 97. In April, Pulliza completed his incoming class with the additions of Dapic, Dunagin, Hays and Voelzke. Dapic, a 6-3 outside hitter from Split, Croatia, brings international experience to Fayetteville as a member of the Croatian Junior National Team. Most recently, she played with Croatia at the 2013 Junior World Championships qualifier and at the International Memorial Tournament in Italy. Dapic helped her country to a second-place finish at the qualifying event for the 2012 European Championships in Slovenia. Dunagin is a 6-0 middle blocker from Rogers, Ark., where she played for Heritage High School and played club for Ozark Juniors where she was coached by former Razorback standout Jenny Kirk. Dunagin earned 7A West Regional All-Tournament Team honors. She also helped her club team to five appearances at the Junior Olympic National Championships, including two years competing in the Open division. Harbin is a 6-1 middle blocker/outside hitter from Mobile, Ala., where she played for McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. As a senior, she guided the Yellow Jackets to the semifinals of Alabama’s Elite Eight State Tournament. In leading McGill-Toolen to the Alabama State Tournament semifinals, Harbin was named to the all-tournament team. She was named to the Under Armour Girls’ High School All-America team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Hays is a 5-11 outside hitter from Hereford, Texas, and joins the Razorbacks after spending the first two years of her collegiate career at New Mexico State. She was a two-time member of the All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) First Team and was twice named to the WAC All-Tournament Team, including Tournament MVP honors this past season. Hays was also an honorable mention selection to the 2012 AVCA All-West Region Team and the 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year. Jones is a 6-2 middle blocker from Peachtree, Ga., where she was a two-year varsity starter for McIntosh High School. During her senior season, she helped lead the Chiefs to the Class AAAAA finals of the Georgia state tournament. From her middle blocker position, Jones finished the year with First Team-All-State and All-Area accolades. She posted a .421 hitting percentage during her senior season and was a GVCA Senior All-Star selection. Mollett is a 5-9 outside hitter from McKinney, Texas, where she was a four-year varsity starter for Boyd High School. Mollett and the Lady Broncos won the District 10-5A title in 2012 and advanced to the semifinal round of the Texas 5A State Tournament. She helped Boyd to its first-ever state tournament appearance in 2011 when the team advanced to the state finals. Following her junior season, Mollett was selected as the Outstanding Hitter of the Year for the state of Texas by LonestarVolleyball.com. Voelzke is a 6-0 versatile attacker from Spring Hill High School in Longview, Texas. Following her senior year, she was named the 2012 All East Texas Player of the Year. Voelzke also collected a pair of All-State accolades and earned her second District 16-3A MVP award after posting 757 kills, 360 blocks, 163 digs and 65 service aces as a senior. She finished her prep career at Spring Hill with 2,318 kills and 665 blocks. “The fact that the class is ranked so high without Barbara and Meredith being considered speaks volumes of the future of the program,” Pulliza added. “In addition to that,
Ana Sofia Jusino, who was one of the top recruits in the country in 2012, was a redshirt for us along with
Adrien Wohlschlaeger to make this freshman class even deeper and stronger.” The Razorbacks are building off last year’s recruiting class that had the program’s previous highest ranking of No. 26. That class included soon-to-be sophomores Monica Bollinger, Liz Fortado and Summer Morgan, and redshirt freshmen Ana Sofia Jusino and Adrien Wohlschlaeger. Fortado was an All-SEC Freshman Team selection last season for the Razorbacks. For more information regarding Razorback volleyball and other University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with the Arkansas volleyball program through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackVB Facebook and Twitter pages.
PrepVolleyball.com Class Analysis “This is a deep and talented class with some very dynamic players. Less experienced than some of the other ranked classes, it may take a year or two before the Hogs realize the class’ full impact. Mollett is the biggest name in the class. A 5-9 terminating machine, Mollett has missed all of club season rehabbing a torn ACL. When she is healthy, very few can match her terminating ability front row or back. Harbin, a supreme athlete, could end up being the biggest sleeper in the class and Jones could end up being one of the best transition middles in the country. Voelzke, who was named to the 2012 All-State First Team and the East Texas Player of the Year, will bring flexibility as she can play all three attacking positions. Dunagin is an athlete and will try to find her role as she develops. Not ranked in the class because she is from Croatia is Barbara Dapic, a 6-3 OH/RS who plays for the Croatian Junior National Team. The Razorbacks will also welcome the 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year, Meredith Hays, an athletic outside hitter who is transferring in and will be a junior.”
2013 Razorback Volleyball Recruits Barbara Dapic, freshman, OH (Split, Croatia)* Blakelee Dunagin, freshman, MB (Rogers, Ark.) Danielle Harbin, freshman, MB/OH (Mobile, Ala.) Meredith Hays, junior, OH (Hereford, Texas)* Breana Jones, freshman, MB (Peachtree, Ga.) Megan Mollett, freshman, OH (McKinney, Texas) Savannah Voelzke, freshman, OH (Longview, Texas) * – not counted toward class rankings


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