Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College athletics department along with head volleyball coach Brenda Skeffington are excited to announce the addition of five more players to the 2008-09.
Lauren Ashlie Morrison, Jordei Osby, Chelsey Trojan, Lauren Chelsea Larsen and Kari Sims all signed a National Letter of Intent to continue both their athletic and academic careers at Brevard College beginning in the fall of 2008, joining the early fall signees of Lindsey Rogers and Caroline Merrill.
Lauren Ashlie Morrison, who goes by Ashlie, comes to Brevard College from Denver, Colorado, where she played at Thomas Jefferson High School under high school coach Kathleen Nickless. The 5-9 middle hitter had 144 kills in her senior season and 349 kills and 90 blocks over her three seasons at Thomas Jefferson High. Morrison was named to the First-Team All-City in both her junior and senior seasons and was chosen to play in the All-State game in 2008. Morrison also played volleyball for the Colorado Foothills Club.
“Ashlie is explosive, has a great jump and a powerful and quick arm,” commented Coach Skeffington. “Her potential is tremendous and I can’t wait to work with her.”
Jordei Osby is a 6-0 middle and outside hitter that hails from Goldsboro, N.C. Osby played for Eastern Wayne High School under head coach Bruce Barridge. Osby, who also played for the club team Wave-TOA in Goldsboro, set the school record for blocks in 2006 and received the Outstanding Blocker Award in 2007. Osby was named All-Conference Honorable Mention in both 2006 and 2007 and won the Most Improved Player Award in 2006. In her senior year, Osby played in the North Carolina All-Star Game.
“Jordei is an exceptional blocker,” stated Coach Skeffington. “She has athletic instincts at the net and can hit both power and middle.”
Chelsey Trojan is a junior transfer outside hitter and back row player from Sacramento, CA. Trojan, who played the last two years at Sacramento City College, was part of the 2006 team that finished third in the state and the 2007 team that finished in the top-six overall. Prior to attending Sacramento City College, Trojan went to Sheldan High School where she was named to the All-Delta League Team as a junior and as a senior.
“Chelsey has great jumping ability, good hang time, and she reads the court very well,” said Coach Skeffington.
Lauren Chelsea Larsen, who goes by Chelsea, hails from Greer, S.C. where she played at Riverside High School, the same school as current BC junior setter and co-captain Jami Perri played at. Larsen is a 6-0 outside hitter who was a four-year varsity letter-winner, a three-year starter and a two-year team captain. Larsen, who played under head coach Stephanie Smith at Riverside, was named to the All-State Team and All-Region team in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2006, Larsen had the highest serving percentage and highest kills percentage on the team, while in 2007 she led the team in assists. Larsen also played club for Club South and recently played in the South Carolina Senior Game.
“Chelsea is a great competitor and is an all-around player,” commented Coach Skeffington. “She is a very powerful outside hitter and can also play back row, as well as set if needed. Chelsea has a lot of experience playing club ball at the national level and she will be an impact player for us.”
Kari Sims is a 5-6 setter from Heritage High School in Maryville, TN. In her senior season, Sims was named to the All-District 4L Team, the 4L All-Tournament team, All-Blount County, All-Blount County Tournament team and the team’s Most Valuable Player. Sims, who also plays for the Smoky Mountain Juniors Club Team, academically is tops in her high school class with a 3.92 grade point average.
“Kari Sims is an outstanding student-athlete and I am thrilled to have her sign with Brevard College. When Kari visited Brevard College and stepped on the court for a tryout she fit in right away,” stated Coach Skeffington. “Kari has beautiful hands and she is very smart. She already has the ability to set a quick offense and has a strong and consistent backset. Our offense at Brevard College is quick and our middles and right sides hitters are very active in the rotation which will make Kari an asset to our program.”
The five signees will join both Lindsay Rogers and Caroline Merrill who both signed with the Tornados early this season.
This is the strongest recruiting class that I have had in my 24 years of coaching,” stated Coach Skeffington. “With this class and eight exceptional returners, I look forward to pre-season.”
Brevard College posted a 16-15 record in 2007, as they competed in their second year as an NCAA Division II provisional member and as a provisional member of the South Atlantic Conference.