PHILADELPHIA – Head coach Kerry Carr announced Penn’s volleyball recruiting class of 2009 – a class which features five players who will compete for playing time in Penn’s lineup in the fall.
Lauren Davis is coming off a high school career where she was named her team’s MVP three times. An outside hitter from Washington, D.C. and the National Cathedral School, she was twice named all-league, picking up the honors her sophomore and junior years. In the classroom, she was a National Merit quarterfinalist her junior and senior years and currently serves as editor of the yearbook.
“Lauren is one of our more versatile recruits,” Carr said. “She will be able to switch from outside to right-side with ease.”
She will be joined by Victoria Manix, a native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. who will graduate from Lahser High School. Tori is one of two middles in the class. She helped lead her team to a district championship her senior season while compiling first-team all-league and all-region honors. She was also named third-team all-area. She was named to Michigan’s Academic All-State team while being named an OAA Scholar-Athlete all four years of high school. She has played for the Legacy Volleyball Club and the Michigan Elite Volleyball Club, qualifying for the Junior Olympics in 2008. In addition to her success on the volleyball court, Tori is an accomplished basketball player. She holds the Lahser record for most three-point baskets made in a single game as well as the career mark for three-pointers. She was first-team All-OAA her junior season. In 2008, she received the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association Scholarship – one of eight players to be honored for her “leadership, character and outstanding academic performance.”
“Tori has a ton of potential,” coach Carr said. “She is athletic, quick and very coachable on the court.”
Lauren Martin, a native of Bedford, Texas, is the third member of the recruiting class. A rightside hitter from Trinity High School, she was named to the 2008 AVCA Under Armour All-American second team as one of the top 48 high school players in the country. In addition, she was named to the Texas Sportswriters Association’s all-state first team this past season while being named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s 4A/5A All-Star team. In 2008, she was named District 5-5A Hitter of the Year/ In 2007, she was the District 7-5A MVP. She was named first-team all-district all five seasons and academic all-district four times. In 2007, her club team won the silver medal at the Junior Olympics. Her senior season saw Lauren named first-team all-area by both the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Academically, she sits in the top 10% of her class and was named to the AVCA National Academic Team from 2006-. She was also named academic all-state in 2008.
“Lauren has the chance to be an immediate impact player on our team,” Carr said. “Her heavy left-handed hitting style is devastating. When that is combined with her ability to read the opposing hitters for the block, she is definitely a player to watch.”
The fourth member of Carr’s recruiting class of 2009 is Amanda Pacheco, a middle hitter. A Long Beach, Calif. native, she will graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School. She has led her team to the CIF Southern Section Division I finals and was named her team’s Impact Player of the Year her sophomore season. Her club team, the Cal Juniors, has reached the Junior Olympics five times, with a high finish of third place.
“Amanda possesses loyalty, leadership and a desire to succeed academically, making her one of the most well-rounded recruits we have as part of this class,” Carr said.
Elizabeth Radich, an outside hitter, rounds out the Class of 2009, A native of Sammamish, Wash., who played her high school volleyball at Eastside Catholic, she was named to the Washington State Coaches Association All-State team. She helped her team to a second-place finish in the state tournament while winning the Seattle Metro League championship. On the club circuit, she plays for the KJ’s, leading them to a fifth-place finish in the 17-Open division of the Junior Olympics. She is the first player in state history to be a member of teams that finished that high at both the state and national level. She was named first-team All-Metro League and was the league’s MVP in 2007.
“Elizabeth has a whip of an arm and incredible jumping ability,” said Carr. “She is a very smart player, placing the ball with heat in the open areas.”