Volleyball Announces its Class of 2011

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball coach Kerry Carr has announced her early decision acceptances for the Class of 2011. Next year’s incoming freshman class will include six student-athletes: Britt Danneman (Chaparral/Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Nicole DeCuir (Troy/Fullerton, Calif.), Emily Ettel (St. Francis/San Mateo, Calif.), Julia Swanson (Stratford/Houston, Texas), Megan Tryon (Marymount/Los Angeles, Calif.), and Madison Wojciechowski (Marymount/Pacific Palisades, Calif.).

“I’m very excited about our incoming freshman class,” said Carr. “They have a ton of experience playing for championship high school and club teams. I look forward to them bringing that experience to Penn and I expect them to increase the athletic and technical level of our team immediately.”

Danneman, a middle/right-side hitter, plays for Club Red Volleyball Club, who won the club division of the 2007 Las Vegas Invitational. Her high school team won the Arizona 4A State Championship in 2004 and 2005 and made it to the semifinals in 2006. Danneman was named a United Dairymen of Arizona First-Team All-America.

DeCuir is a utility player who can play middle hitter, outside hitter and right side hitter. She plays for Mizuno Long Beach Club Team who just won the Las Vegas Invitational.

A lefty, who can play both setter and right-side hitter, Ettel is captain for City Beach Volleyball Club, which placed second at the NCVA Qualifier. Ettel was a 2006 Central Coast Section and West Coast Athletic League All-League selections. She was a four-year scholar-athlete and captained her St. Francis team to a second-place finish in the Division II NORCAL finals.

Swanson is an outside hitter from Houston. She plays for the Houston Juniors Club team. They were named the USA High Performance Texas Top Team in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Swanson earned all-state and all-district honors as a sophomore. She also earned a spot on the 2003 A-2 USA Olympic Team.

Both Tryon and Wojciechowski were high school teammates at Marymount. Together they helped Marymount to two California state championships.

Tryon is a setter and outside hitter and plays for the Mizuno Long Beach Club Team with DeCuir. Her team took the gold medal at the 2006 AAU Junior Olympics and she garnered tournament MVP honors. Tryon’s club team also won back-to-back AAU national titles in 2005 and 2006. She was recently named the 2006 USA Beach Volleyball Player of the Year.

Wojciechowski is a libero and plays for the Sports Shack Club Team. She was named her high school team MVP in 2003. She helped guide Marymount to CIF Championships from 2004-06.