PHILADELPHIA - Head Coach Kerry Carr has announced that five freshmen will be joining the squad for the 2010 season, as Penn begins its defense of their 2009 Ivy League Championship.
The Quakers lose six players to graduation but will look to this strong crop of five players for continued success. Hailing from four different states, this diverse group includes Kristen Etterbeek, Taylor Permenter, Kristin Schoonover, Dani Shepherd and Susan Stuecheli.
A native of Holland, Michigan, Kristen Etterbeek was a four-year letterwinner at Holland Christian High School. The 6' outside hitter was a member of three conference and regional championship teams, finishing as a state runner-up in 2007, before claiming the Michigan Class B Championship in 2008. Etterbeek was named first-team All-state as a junior and senior, and was a finalist for Miss Volleyball of Michigan in 2009, given to the state's top player. Additionally, she was a three-time regional and conference champion in tennis and was named All-State 1st singles in 2008 and 2009.
Taylor Permenter hails from St. Johns, Florida and was a three-year letterwinner at Nease High School and also captained her team. As a junior, the 6'1" middle blocker and her team won the Florida state championship with an impressive 30-2 mark, while individually she was awarded the Coach's Award. The year before, Nease won the regional championship as Permenter was named the team's Most Improved Player. She has also competed in the Junior Olympics Championships at a National Level on the Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Club.
A native of Allen, Texas, Kristin Schoonover was a two-year letterwinner at the Ursuline Academy of Dallas and captained the team as well. During her senior year she was named All-district honorable mention, in arguably one of the most competitive volleyball districts in Texas. The 5'7" setter is a member of the Dallas Premier Volleyball Club, serving as the captain for 17 Mizuno team and is currently acting as captain of her 18 Mizuno team. Her team has placed in the top three at two national qualifiers and also competed in the Open level at the Junior Olympics National Championships during the 2008-09 season. Her team is also currently ranked fifth in the state of Texas.
Dani Shepherd hails from Los Angeles, California and attended Marymount High School, the alma mater of current Penn players Megan Tryon and Madison Wojciechowski. She was a three-year letterwinner at Marymount and won three Sunshine League Championships during her career. The 5'6" libero was named by Prepvolleyball.com to their "Defensive Dandies" list, during her sophomore and junior years. Her Sunshine Volleyball Club team placed fifth in the Open level at both the 2008 and 2009 Junior Olympic National Championships.
A native of Troy, Michigan, Susan Stuecheli played her high school volleyball at Troy High School. She was a three-year letterwinner while at Troy and served as captain of the team as a senior. A three-time district champion, her team compiled an impressive 90-34-5 mark over her final two years. In 2008 and 2009, the 6' 2" middle blocker was named Class A All-state in addition to receiving All-league, All-region and All-county honors. She also competed at the Open level at the Junior Olympics in 2009, as a member of Michigan Elite Volleyball Club, one of the top 20 teams in the country.
"I think this year's class of incoming freshmen are a great compliment to our last recruiting class which produced the Ivy League Rookie of the Year," said coach Carr. "This group of women joins our young, but hard-working group of returners, and will immediately address the loss of our large senior class. Because of this highly talented foundation, we should be able to hit the ground running in September as we strive to repeat our Ivy League championship and NCAA tournament goals."The Class of 2014 joins a Penn squad coming off arguably its best season ever, going 23-6 and reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. These five players will join a roster featuring four seasoned All-Ivy Award winners in Megan Tryon, Madison Wojciechowski, Julia Swanson and Lauren Martin.