411OnTheForty: Singletary bolsters volleyball’s 2022 recruiting class

25 Aug By
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The Texas volleyball tema's 2022 recruiting class welcomed a significant addition Sunday when South Carolina's top-ranked player, middle blocker Marianna Singletary, announced she had verbally committed to Texas.

Singletary, who recently was rated by Maxpreps as South Carolina's No. 1 high school player, has totaled over 400 kills in each of her two high school seasons at Porter-Gaud High. In comparison, Asjia O'Neal, arguably the Horns' best middle blocker, had just 319 kills in her sophomore year of high school. Singletary posted 539 kills last season, including 15 in the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) 3A Championship match last October.

"I am SO excited to formally announce my verbal commitment to the University of Texas, Austin!," Singletary said on Instagram. "After three long years of camps, unofficial visits, online research, emails, and phone calls, I am 100% confident that joining the Longhorn family is what's best for me!"

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Singletary is the second player to join the Longhorns' 2022 recruiting class, after Indiana native Emma Halter committed in July. Similar to Singletary, Halter is expected to make an immediate impact at the libero position.

Heading into this fall, the volleyball team was projected once again to win the league title by the league's head coaches. While the Big 12 is expected to continue with the season, the NCAA announced two weeks ago that all fall championships except for football would be cancelled due to a lack of teams playing this fall.

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Riley Zayas is a high school freshman and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, his personal blog 360 Sports, and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website.