April 22, 2013

Southern volleyball adds two for 2013

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern volleyball coach Trish Knight has announced the addition of two high school student-athletes to her recruiting class for 2013. 

Mikayla Avery comes to Southern from Fayetteville (Ark.) High School and Monica White comes to Southern from Gravette (Ark.) High School. 

Avery is a 5-9 outside hitter that started for two seasons at Fayetteville High School for the Bulldogs and coach Jessica Phelan. 

A 2012 Prepvolleyball.com All-American Avery was a Northwest Arkansas All-Big 7 Team selection, helping the Bulldogs to a a 35-3 record and an Arkansas 7A State Championship. She was an All-Conference, All-State and All-State Tournament selection after she led her team in kills with 556, and added 301 digs, 44 aces, 31 blocks and finished with a .335 attack average. 

As a junior she helped her team to a runner-up finish in the state tournament, as well as the second-straight undefeated conference record. She had 255 kills, 159 digs and 24 blocks as as a sophomore earning All-Conference honors. The daughter of Edward and Liz Avery, Mikayla is undecided on her future major at Southern. 

"Mikayla is a very skilled player that comes from a very good High School Program and Club Program," Knight said. "Her Fayetteville team won the state championship this year for the highest classification in Arkansas.  She is a good all-around player that brings good back-row skills with smart front row play.  She is physically strong, competitive in nature, and has a great attitude.  She will be an asset to our team and I really look forward to having her be a part of our program."

White (6-0) comes to Southern after three years as a starter on both the volleyball and basketball teams at Gravette High School. She played volleyball under coach Robin Cannon where she was a middle blocker and middle hitter combo. 

A two-time All-Conference and All-State selection in volleyball, she helped the Lions of Gravette to a conference championship as a senior where she was also named to the state tournament All-Tournament team. As a basketball player, she was the school's Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and was named to the KURM Dream Team as a senior. 

The daughter of Roger and Melissa White, Monica plans to major in education at Southern. 

"Monica came to our summer camp and I was really impressed with her athletic ability and great attitude," Knight said. "She got some much needed experience playing club this spring and is a really good athlete.  She is quick, instinctive at blocking, and has a high contact point on her swing.  She is tall in stature and will help us add to the talent pool we have been able to attain on our offense.  After working with her in our club program, I am really looking forward to having her in our program.  She brings a lot of positives."