Brevard Adds Five for 2014 Season

BREVARD, N.C.- Brevard College volleyball coach Kelly Burdeau is pleased to announce that Maggie Weiss, Brianna Vargas, Rachel Ruble, Sierra Walker and Josie McElroy have signed their National Letters of Intent to play volleyball for the Tornados next season.

"I'm very excited to add these girls to our 2014 roster," said Burdeau. "This is a great group of girls that will excel both on the court and off, and I look forward to seeing all they will accomplish in the next four years."

The Tornados are getting the 2013 Central Piedmont Conference Player of the Year and a three-time All-Conference selection in Weiss, who comes to BC as a defensive specialist. The Clemmons, N.C. native was the Team Captain for her final two years at Mount Tabor High School after being named Most Improved as a sophomore.

Weiss was also a three-year Team Captain and four-year letter winner for the Spartans softball team. Off the court, Weiss was an Honor Roll student and a member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, and the National Art Honor Society.

"I'm very excited to have Maggie commit to Brevard, she comes from a very good high school program and great volleyball background," added Burdeau. "She's a very solid player that will provide us great defense and leadership."

Vargas will join BC as a defensive specialist from Maryville High School in Maryville, Tenn. where she was named Team Captain as a senior and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year for the Red Rebels. As a senior, Vargas was named an All-County player and selected to the All-District Team.

"Bri is very passionate about the game, and I enjoy watching her enthusiasm on the court," added Burdeau. "Her heart and energy will bring a spark to the team, and I'm excited to see her compete at this level."

Ruble, a 5’11” middle blocker from Davie High School in Advance, N.C., was a two-time All-Conference selection for the War Eagles. In the classroom, Ruble was an Honor Roll student and member of the National Honor Society.

"Rachel is a great addition to the team and will be a huge asset to Brevard as a solid middle blocker," said Burdeau. "She is a very smart versatile player that has great work ethic as well as athleticism."

A native of Sylva, N.C. and a graduate of Smokey Mountain High School, Walker joins the Tornados as a 5’10” middle hitter after lettering in both volleyball and softball for the Mustangs.

"Sierra is another great addition to our team who I'm excited to see join our program," Burdeau said. "Sierra will play middle for us and brings passion to our team that will  make everyone on our team a better player."

McElroy, a 5’10” outside hitter, joins the Tornados from Lenoir City, Tenn. McElroy graduated from Lenoir City High School with Honors after a successful volleyball career for the Panthers.

"I am thrilled that Josie has committed, she loves the Brevard area," said Burdeau. "She is a strong athletic player that is a work horse with a positive attitude that will be a very good addition to our program."

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