Xavier head coach Mike Johnson's recruiting class is garnering national accolades.
May 30, 2014
CINCINNATI - Xavier volleyball's six-member 2014 recruiting class is ranked 22nd nationally by PrepVolleyball.com. Kristen Massa (Cincinnati/Saint Ursula Academy, Jesse Earl (Indianapolis/Laurence North), Lauren Frilling (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson), Marjolijn Oskam (Bussum, The Netherlands), Meredith Klare (Union, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) and Sam Foti (Madison, Wis./Edgewood) give head coach Mike Johnson the highest-ranked incoming class in program history.
"Without question, it's exciting to bring in the first nationally ranked recruiting class in Xavier history," said Johnson. "It's great recognition for this program and the direction that we are headed. From the beginning, our goal was to find the very best athletes in the country who were also great competitors and great people.
"There is no question that we have found that in Kristen, Jesse, Lauren, Meredith, Sam and Marjolijn," continued Johnson. "But the real story here is not simply about the class of 2014. This group is really about the tremendous effort made by all of our past players and coaches. The bottom line is that those individuals have created a culture that is unlike anywhere else in the country. It is now the responsibility of our current players, this great class included, to carry that effort forward."
Massa (No. 75) and Earl (No. 85) are both ranked among the top 100 players in Prep Volleyball's 2014 class. Highlighted by a spot on Under Armour's All-America Second Team, Massa enters as one of the most-decorated recruits in Xavier's history. The athletic and high-volleyball IQ Earl enters as the nation's fifth-ranked libero.
The Musketeers get flexibility along the front line from Frilling, who is long, athletic and can play all three spots at the net. Klare is another strong defensive specialist who will compete for time along the back line. Frilling and Klare are listed among the Top 250 recruits by Prep Volleyball.
Oskam is a member of the Dutch Junior National Team and brings a wealth of international experience to the Musketeers, while Foti is an athletic attacker who graduated as her high school's all-time leader for kills.
Xavier is coming off of a 21-11 campaign in which it went 12-4 in BIG EAST conference action, finishing tied second in the league. The Musketeers were also semifinalists of the BIG EAST tournament.