JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2020) — ETSU Volleyball Head Coach Benavia Jenkins officially announced the addition of five student-athletes on Friday morning during the early signing period.
Chloé Dupuis – Outside Hitter – Poquoson, Va. (Poquoson High School)
Dupuis’ team placed second in the High Performance USAV Tournament in Tulsa and were two-time regional champions. Her quad was the state runner-up in Virginia twice. Dupuis was the captain of the varsity team and was named the MVP of the Endless Summer Tournament. She has earned First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-State honors.
Dupuis on signing with ETSU…
“I fell in love with ETSU as soon as I stepped on campus! When I toured, everything felt right and it was this new “home away from home” for me. I’m so beyond excited to be a part of such a fun environment with some very amazing people.”
Jenkins on Dupuis…
“We are super excited to add Chloe to our Buccaneer family as she brings versatility and size to our front row. Chloe was originally a middle blocker but switched over to the pin where we really saw potential in her game. Throughout her recruiting process her work ethic was a huge selling point and it really showed as she developed her technique and athleticism throughout this season. We are excited to see how she makes our team and practices better!”
Caroline Dykes – Setter – Flower Mount, Texas (Flower Mound High School)
In 2018 Dykes helped lead her team to a Texas 6A State Championship and she was awarded All-District 6-6A Second-Team accolades. Additionally in 2018, she was named to the Prep Volleyball 2021 Watch List. In 2019, Dykes’ squad was a Texas 6A Regional Quarterfinalist and she was named to the 6-6A All-District First Team. She rounded out her 2019 season by qualifying twice for the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships. In 2020 she was named a MaxPreps Preseason All-American and listed on the AVCA All-Region Team. She rounded out her high school career on the AVCA Under Armour All-American Watch List.
Dykes on signing with ETSU…
“I am excited to play for ETSU and further my education. I love Johnson City and can’t wait to meet my teammates and have a successful four years! My goal is to win the Southern Conference and go to the NCAA tournament!”
Jenkins on Dykes…
“We are excited to have Caroline join the family. She brings added versatility and a creativeness to the position that will transfer well into our system. Coming from Flower Mound High School a traditional powerhouse, she understands what it takes to compete at a high level. Now tell me who doesn’t love a kid from Texas!”
Alexandra Johnson – Outside Hitter – Rogers, Minn. (Rogers High School)
Johnson led her team in service aces and has the second most kills in her freshman and sophomore seasons. In her freshman year she earned Academic All-Conference Accolades and was an All-Conference Honorable Mention in her sophomore season. In her junior year, she led the team in kills and was named an All-Conference player. Although her senior season has not been completed, as the captain, Johnson currently leads the team in digs and kills.
Johnson on signing with ETSU…
“I can't wait to play with such a talented team and coaching staff. I am extremely excited to further my education at ETSU. Coach Jenkins has amazing energy and drive to win championships. When I came to ETSU, I loved seeing the Buccaneer Pride throughout Johnson City.”
Jenkins on Johnson…
“Ally is another pin who brings more height and versatility to the team. She joins ETSU from Minnesota and loved every bit of her visit on campus. Ally is a player who will go to bat for her teammates and makes everyone around her better. She will become stronger and grow into a solid six rotation outside while making our team more competitive.”
Haley Sanders – Libero – Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood High School)
In 2019, Sanders’ club won the 18’s Apex National Championship, and her high school won the 2019 and 2020 AAA State Championship. In 2020, Sanders logged 485 digs, 72 assists, 35 aces and averaged 11.8 digs/match. In the 2019 championship match, the recorded 28 digs. She was named to the 2019 and 2020 AVCA Phenom List, the 2018 and 2019 Ultra Ankle JVA Watch List and Second-Team All-Midstate Team in Tennessee in 2019. This season she was named one of the 25 Middle Tennessee High School volleyball players to watch.
Sanders on signing with ETSU…
“I’m so excited for this next chapter of my life at ETSU and to meet some of my lifelong friends that I can call sisters! I can’t wait for the best four years!”
Jenkins on Sanders…
“Haley is a championship level in-state Libero who anchored the defense of Brentwood High School to their eighth straight state title. In her prep career, she has won 170 games and four State titles. Haley is a cool, calm and collected player who will provide us with consistency and depth at the defensive position. We are happy to have a Rocky Top Tennessee player.”
Abbey Thomas – Middle Blocker – Goldsboro, N.C. (Charles B. Aycock High School)
Thomas has earned accolades throughout her last three seasons. In her freshman year, she was an All-Conference Honorable Mention. In her sophomore season, Thomas was named to an All-Conference Team and earned an offensive award. In her junior year campaign she was named an All-Conference player, the MVP and was awarded the Jane Tyndall Award. Thomas holds the record for most aces, total blocks and solo blocks in program history.
Thomas on signing with ETSU…
“I am very excited to sign with ETSU! It has always been a goal of mine to play Division 1 volleyball and I am blessed to have the opportunity to play at such a great school.”
Jenkins on Thomas…
“Abbey is a very positive and driven person. She will give opposing attackers fits. It is going to be battle in the middle and we are ready to see her compete with her teammates. She’s long, quick and explosive which will help carry her career here at ETSU. This is a player to watch out for in the future and she will be fun to coach.”
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