JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 18, 2019) – Head coach Benavia Jenkins and her staff announced the addition of five new Buccaneers for the 2020 season on Thursday afternoon as Asia Mattress, Delena King, Jenna Forster, Rebecca Rocasssin and Staley Humphries will join the squad next fall.
Hometown: Mauldin, S.C.
High School: Mauldin High School
Club Team: Upward Stars
Position: Middle blocker
Awards: Three-time AVCA Phenom, 2016 Class A runner-up, 2017 Class A Champion, 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, 2017 Maine Gatorade Player finalist, 2018 All-Region player.
Jenkins on Mattress: “I have enjoyed watching Asia play for a couple years. She has improved her defensive and offensive game over time. Asia is super athletic and I love her versatility. Even though she comes to us a middle, Asia could transition to either pin. Her ability to fly will help her score at a higher level.”
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
High School: Father Ryan High School
Club Team: TPV (Tennessee Performance Volleyball)
Position: Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist
Awards: 2017 JVA Ultra Ankle Watch List, 2018 AVCA Phenom Watch List, 2020 AVCA All-American Nominee.
Jenkins on King: “Delana is a bright-eyed skilled athlete. She has the determination to learn to go with the program. Delana loves being in the gym bettering her skills. She will also bring good ball control and the ability to attack. Delana is a legacy of ETSU and loves being Buccaneer.”
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.
High School: William Blount High School
Club Team: K2 Volleyball
Position: Opposite hitter
Awards: Two-time AVCA National Phenom, three-time JVA National Player Watch List, four-time district all-tournament team, three-time first team all-district player, two-time William Blount Co-MVP, 1,000+ kills at William Blount.
Jenkins on Forster: “Jenna Forster is a very dynamic athlete who is quick off the ground and has a great left arm. Having Jenna in the gym simply makes our team better. She has a winning mentality and wants to make her teammates better. We are excited to have Jenna be a part of our family.”
Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
High School: Rutherford B. Hayes
Club Team: Adidas TCA Ohio
Awards: 2018 Second Team All-Conference selection, 2019 HP Youth National Champion-team went undefeated and did not lose a set, 2019 high school captain and four-year starter.
Jenkins on Rocassin: “Rebecca is a diamond in the rough. Rebecca, who comes to us as a setter, also has the ability to swing on the right-side. She has good upsize to her game. Rebecca will provide a big block and aggressive serves which is what we would need in our gym for the upcoming season.”
Hometown: Kingsport, Tenn.
High School: Dobyns Bennett High School
Club Team: KVC (Kingsport Volleyball Club)
Awards: 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, four-time academic all-conference, 2018 Big 6 Conference MVP, 2019 TriCities.com All Upper East Tennessee First Team selection.
Jenkins on Humphries: “Staley is a local product who is a leader on her high school and club team. Staley will bring good ball control to the gym. Staley is another player that will help solidify our pass and defense game.”
ETSU’s volleyball team is set to continue their 2019 season this weekend in the Southern Conference tournament taking place in Spartanburg, S.C. The first match is slated for Friday, Nov. 22 against UNCG at 4:30 p.m.
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