PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Kenneth L. Gross Head Coach of Volleyball, Kerry Carr, has announced her recruiting class for the 2015 season. Five women will join the Quakers in August as members of the Class of 2019.
“This 2015 recruiting class knows how to win,” said Carr. “Three recruits come from state championship teams, while all have played on the best club teams in their area, and at the highest level of club championships. They are varied in their different strengths and complement each other perfectly. Not only will they synchronize together as a class, I know they will find a winning way to mesh with our returning players and elevate our level immediately, as a whole. Off the court, I couldn’t be prouder to add this particular group of women to our team, as they already have the work ethic, winning mindset, and grit that our current players strive for every day.”
Meet the Class of 2019
Brooke Behrbaum – Middle Blocker, 6’2”, Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island/Sudden Impact)
A first-team All-Kingco League (2014) and two-time second-team All-Kingco League (2012, ‘13) player with a 10’ approach jump, Brooke Behrbaum helped Mercer Island High School’s team to the 3A State Championship and a 23-2 record in 2013. Going 21-4 as a captain her senior year, Behrbaum finished her high school career with an 82-17 record, four state tournament appearances, and three top-seven 3A finishes. A leader off the court as well, Behrbaum was a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior years.
Coach Carr on Behrbaum: “Brooke possesses a natural ability for our sport given her height, but her work ethic on the court is what has propelled her to be a top middle in the Seattle area. I look forward to seeing her go to the next level at Penn.”
Taylor Cooper – Middle Blocker, 6’, Centennial, Colo. (Cherry Creek/Colorado Juniors)
Middle blocker Taylor Cooper joins her brother, Stanford, who runs track at Cornell, as the second member of her family to take on Ivy League athletics. A three-year letter winner at Cherry Creek High School, Cooper’s team finished third at the Colorado Championships in consecutive years (2012, ‘13). With Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club, she finished in the top 20 in 2012, 2013, and 2014 (including 10th place in 2013) and also finished first in the Northern Lights National Qualifier in 2013.
Coach Carr on Cooper: “Taylor impressed everyone nationwide when she showed up as a junior, playing with the top recruits on Colorado Juniors’ 18’s team last year. Her ability to jump, see the ball, quickness and agility led her to be one of the most sought after recruits of the 2015 class. Her work ethic is second to none, and I can’t wait to see how she fits in our fast middle offense.”
Grace James – Setter, 6’, Branchville, Ind. (Perry Central/KIVA)
The Perry Central High School single-season record holder for both assists and aces, setter Grace James was twice named to the Indiana 2A All-State Team (2013, ‘14) in addition to being a member of the Indiana Volleyball Senior All-Star Team in 2014. She also ranks second on the single-season lists for digs and blocks at Perry Central. Playing club for the Kentucky-Indiana Volleyball Academy (KIVA), she was a part of a top-10 AAU Nationals finish in 2013 and top-15 finish in 2014. James is one of over 196 players to go on to college volleyball via KIVA, which has also amassed 47 championships and 127 medal finishes at the national level. She is additionally a two-time recipient of the JVA AthLeader award, given to seven high school players for their off-the-court success.
Coach Carr on James: “As a 6’ setter who blocks well, her ability to set in either a 5-1 or 6-2 system will help us, depending on which system we use. One of Grace’s most important qualities is her ability to see the big picture, whether it is which hitter to set at the right time or her way of motivating her teammates to play at the highest level.”
Kynnedie Maloz – Libero, 5’2”, Lafayette, La. (Teurlings Catholic/Louisiana Volleyball Club)
Libero Kynnedie Maloz joins the Red and Blue following four-straight district championships and back-to-back (2013, ‘14) Louisiana Division III State Championships at Teurlings Catholic High School. Maloz was named All-District in 2013 and 2014 and was first-team All-State in 2014. Maloz was also named Division III Libero of the Year and Division III LVCA Player of the Year as a senior.
Coach Carr on Maloz: “Kynnedie is a bright spark on any team she plays on, which was evident from the first time she set foot on campus at one of our volleyball camps. A self-motivated individual, she finds a way to turn everyone around her into winners. She will immediately fit in with our team.”
Courtney Quinn – Outside Hitter, 5’9”, The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands/Houston Juniors)
A 2014 Prep Volleyball National Senior Player of the Year finalist and Lonestar Prep Volleyball Texas Player of the Year, outside hitter Courtney Quinn comes to Penn after capping off back-to-back state championships as a four-year starter at The Woodlands High School in Texas in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, Quinn was a driving force for her team to earn the prestigious No. 1 ranking of all high school volleyball teams in the nation by Maxpreps (2013). She earned Prep Volleyball High School All-America and was also named to Prep Volleyball’s Soph 79 List (2013) and Frosh 59 List (2012), in addition to being named The Woodlands’ Player of the Year her senior season. A member of National Honor Society, Quinn joins her sister, Kelly, among the ranks of college volleyball players as her sister enters her sophomore season at LSU.
Coach Carr on Quinn: “To have the Texas Player of the Year choose to join our team is a huge move forward for Penn Volleyball. But Courtney belongs on this team. She is the consummate team player who is extremely competitive and has shown that she can be relied on to take that last swing to win a championship. Her energy in the gym will be a welcome addition to our team.”