JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 20, 2003) - East Tennessee State head volleyball coach Lindsey Devine announced Friday the signing of three players, Lauren Madzia (London, Ontario), Andrea Piercy (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), and Kelsey Sherich (Ogallala, Neb.) to National Letters of Intent, while Kim Terrell (Charlotte, N.C.) has verbally committed to join the Buccaneers for the upcoming 2003 season.
Madzia, a 6-foot-0 middle blocker, will add height and athleticism to ETSU's front line. She was named the Saunders Secondary School Female Athlete of the Year three times during her prep career, excelling in track and field and basketball as well as volleyball.
"Lauren is a physically strong athlete," Devine said. "She should see a lot of court time this year. She has a good leader in front of her (senior Lissa Allen), so we are hopeful that she will mature quickly."
The 5-foot-11 Piercy also enjoyed an outstanding prep career, playing for Evan Hardy Collegiate. She helped lead her squad to two provincial titles, and last year her team was the No. 1 ranked team at the 2003 nationals. An all-around athlete, Piercy captured a bronze medal at the 2001 Canadian National Track and Field Championships.
"Andrea has excellent knowledge of the game, and she is a very versatile player," Devine said of Piercy, who can play the right side or outside hitter. "She'll be able to come in and get the job done whenever and wherever she plays."
Sherich is also outside hitter who, listed at 5-foot10, will add some explosiveness to the Buccaneer offense. She was named All-Southwest Conference first team and was a Keith County All-Area first team selection. Sherich was also selected to play for the Western Nebraska All-Star team.
"Kelsey comes from an area in Nebraska of high-quality volleyball," said Devine. "She has excellent ball control, she's quick, and she has a good jump and fast arm."
Terrell played for the Charlotte Elite this past year and led her Northwest Cabarrus High School team in passing percentage (98.6%), and was second in service aces and kills. She was named Mecklenburg County ME-CA 8 All-Conference first team, while leading her high school squad to the conference regular season and tournament championships. Terrell also helped her team win the 4A State Volleyball Championships in 2001.
"Kim has outstanding quickness on the court and she is a very tactical player," said Devine. "She has great enthusiasm for the game, and I have no doubt that she will be a good fit at East Tennessee State."