PHILADELPHIA The Penn volleyball team announced the Class of 2012 Wednesday, welcoming three new players to the fold. Combined with the strong letterwinners returning to the team next season, this class should enjoy immediate success in the quest for the 2008 Ivy League Championship.
Logan Johnson is a 5’10” right-side hitter/defensive specialist from Phoenix, Ariz. A three-year letterwinner and captain her senior season, Johnson helped lead her Xavier College Prep team to three consecutive Desert Valley Region championships. As a senior, Johnson was named to the Desert Valley Region First-Team, following two years as an Honorable Mention. Appearing twice in the Arizona State Tournament, Johnson was an Arizona Republic 5A State Volleyball Honorable Mention honoree as a senior, also being recognized as an East Valley Tribune 5A Volleyball Honorable Mention.
A 2007 United Dairymen of Arizona All-American, Johnson garnered First Honors every year at Xavier Prep, an academic award based on GPA. As a junior, she earned an Academic Letter, an award given to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher.
A member of the Club Red Volleyball Club team, Johnson also lettered one year in track and field, and played basketball while at Xavier Prep.
“I think Logan will add her defensive prowess to the team immediately,” said head coach Kerry Carr. “Watching her team win as the underdog in the state championship showed me her determination to make sure a ball did not hit the floor on her side of the net. I look forward to seeing her push our defense to a higher level right away.”
Corinne Rich is a 6’2” middle blocker from Santa Rosa, Calif. A three-year letterwinner and senior captain at Montgomery High School, Rich was a four-time North Coast Section scholar athlete and two-time Redwood Empire Scholar Athlete of the Year nominee.
Her team’s Offensive MVP as a junior and senior, Rich was first-team all-league and all-Redwood Empire each of those seasons. She also garnered second-team all-league recognition as a sophomore.
A four-year member of the California Scholarship Federation, Rich excelled not only at volleyball, but also at track and field, in which she lettered four times. A captain her senior season, Rich helped lead the team to the 2007 league and county championships, earning first-team all-league and all-Redwood Empire status. In addition, Rich is a member of the Empire Volleyball Club.
“Corinne adds more strength and height to next year’s powerful team,” said Carr. “Those qualities that are uncoachable, combined with her quick learning curve of the collegiate technical game, could translate into her contributing sooner rather than later. I look forward to seeing just how she can raise our bar during her four years at Penn.”
Virginia Senf is a 5’10” right-side hitter from St. Paul, Minn. A four-year letterwinner and senior captain at Woodbury High School, she led her team to the 2007 Section 3AA and Suburban East Conference championships, ultimately finishing fourth in the state.
Senf earned all-conference honors in volleyball as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was also named a Pioneer Press Player of the Week once as a senior.
Senf also excelled at track while at Woodbury, lettering all four years and setting school records in the 800 and 1600-meter races. In addition, she holds the 800-meter SEC record. A three-time all-state and all-conference honoree in track, her 800-meter record, which she set in 2005, was good enough for the state championship.
A four year honor roll member at Woodbury, Senf has six years of experience on the Northern Lights Volleyball Club.
“Virginia is one of the quickest and most versatile recruits we’ve added to the program,” Carr said. “She can hit all three tempos, and with her powerful lefty swing, I look for her to challenge in both the right-side and outside hitting positions right away. It will fun to see how many options we have with her in the line-up the next couple of years.”