Mike Johnson added three more players to the incoming class for the fall of 2014.
April 28, 2014
CINCINNATI - Three more players have joined the Xavier volleyball team for the upcoming 2014 season. Marjolijn Oskam, Meredith Klare and Sam Foti bring the incoming class size to six Musketeers for head coach Mike Johnson.
"I take great pride in announcing our class of 2014," said Johnson. "This group has everything we could hope for - tremendous athleticism, high-level skill and the passion and persistence that it takes to become great. Beyond that, they are all incredible people who will be great ambassadors of the values our program and this university stand for."
Oskam comes to Xavier after playing for the Dutch Junior National Team, where she faced elite competition on the international level for the past three seasons. The 6-foot-4 middle helped the youth national team to a fourth-place finish at the Dutch Open Youth National Championships and a third-place effort at a tournament in Brussels that featured Turkey, France and Belarus, among other teams. Oskam, a native of Bussum, The Netherlands, is best known for her blocking ability at the net.
"What impresses me most about Marjolijn is her passion for the sport of volleyball," stated Johnson. "She has played a number of years with and against some of the best players in the world. Through that time, she has become a true student of the game. Her defensive instincts are already stellar and coupled with her size, she has the potential to develop into one of most formidable blockers in the country."
A product of Notre Dame Academy in Northern Kentucky, Klare comes to Xavier following a stellar prep career in which she helped lead her high school team to a Kentucky state runner-up finish in 2013 and state championship in 2011. The 5-foot-7 defensive specialist was also named a 2013 Prep Volleyball Defensive Dandy, 2012 9th Region MVP, 2012 KVCA Honorable Mention All-State and is a four-time KHSAA Academic All-State honoree.
"It has always been a priority to keep the top local talent here at home," commented Johnson. "Meredith is yet another great example of that. She is a product of one of one of the best high school programs in the country and she is someone that local fans will instantly be able to connect to. She is an elite defender with incredible speed. Beyond that, Meredith has shown that she is mentally tough and willing to do the work to be great."
Foti is an explosive six-rotation outside hitter from Madison, Wisc., where she was a member of three Edgewood High School teams that made the trip to the state championships. She set her school record with 4.7 kills per set, registering just 90 errors in 1,009 attacks. After leading her team to the state championship matches in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Foti garnered All-State Tournament accolades both years.
"Sam has an awesome all-around skill set," said Johnson. "She is capable of playing every facet of the game and plays them all well. The way the game is being played at the younger level with specialists abound, complete, well-rounded players are increasingly difficult to find. Given that Sam hasn't played long in the large club system, we feel fortunate to have found her."
Oskam, Klare and Foti bolster an already highly touted incoming class. The trio joins Kristen Massa, Jesse Earl and Lauren Frilling who signed NLIs last November. Massa and Earl are both ranked among the top 100 prospects according to Prep Volleyball, while Frilling is a Top-250 recruit.