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Texas Volleyball Recruiting Class Named No. 2 in the Nation

(via TexasSports.com)

(via TexasSports.com)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Volleyball will welcome the nation's second-ranked recruiting class in 2015, according to PrepVolleyball.com.

The Longhorns are bringing in five freshmen in Lauren Beard, Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani, Natalie Gilbert, Morgan Johnson and Micaya White.

It marks Texas' eighth top-two class since 2002 and the highest since 2012 (also a No. 2 class).

The rankings are based on a network of more than 120 college coaches representing every major conference. The voting is based on both size and strength of the class and the impact on the program. The classes consists only of players making their initial appearance in a four-year program. (Continue reading below...)

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 Top 20 Recruiting Classes (prepvolleyball.com)

  1. Illinois
  2. TEXAS
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Oregon
  5. Nebraska
  6. Stanford
  7. Purdue
  8. Iowa State
  9. California-Berkeley
  10. Kentucky
  11.  Creighton
  12. USC
  13. Ohio State
  14. Arizona
  15. Michigan
  16.  Louisville
  17.  Baylor
  18. UC Santa Barbara
  19.  BYU
  20.  Arizona State
  21.  Washington State
  22.  Pepperdine
  23.  Minnesota
  24.  Hawaii
  25.  Northwestern
  26.  Cincinnati
  27.  Duke
  28.  UCLA
  29.  Georgetown
  30.  Virginia

Texas' Recruiting Class History since 2002

2003

Signees: Jen Andrew, Jessica Curtis and Brandy Magee

Rank: No. 2

Accolades: NCAA Regional Semifinalist in 2004

NCAA Second Round in 2005

NCAA Regional Semifinalist in 2006

Magee was All-American in 2005

2004

Signees: Jen Christian, Alyson Jennings, Sarah Holloway, Michelle Moriarty

Rank: No. 13

Accolades: NCAA Regional Semifinalist in 2004

NCAA Second Round in 2005

NCAA Regional Semifinalist in 2006

NCAA Regional Finalist in 2007

Moriarty was three-time All-American in 2005, 2006 and 2007

2005

Signees: Ruth Ann Feist, Lauren Paolini

Rank: No. 18

Accolades: NCAA Second Round in 2005

NCAA Regional Semifinalist in 2006

NCAA Regional Finalist in 2007

NCAA Semifinalist in 2008

Paolini was two-time All-American in 2007 and 2008

2006

Signees: Ashley Engle, Destinee Hooker, Heather Kisner

Rank: No. 2

Accolades: NCAA Regional Semifinalist in 2006

NCAA Regional Finalist in 2007

NCAA Semifinalist in 2008

NCAA Finalist in 2009

Engle was three-time All-American in 2006, 2008 and 2009

Hooker was four-time All-American in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

2007

Signees: Jen Doris, Juliann Faucette, Elizabeth Graham, Chelsey Klein, Alex Lewis

Rank: No. 2

Accolades: NCAA Regional Finalist in 2007

NCAA Semifinalist in 2008

NCAA Finalist in 2009

NCAA Semifinalist in 2010

Faucette was three-time All-American in 2007, 2009 and 2010

2008

Signees: Rachael Adams, Clayton Crum, Michelle Kocher, Amber Roberson, Sydney Yogi

Rank: No. 2

Accolades: NCAA Semifinalist in 2008

NCAA Finalist in 2009

NCAA Semifinalist in 2010

NCAA Regional Finalist in 2011

Adams was two-time All-American in 2010 and 2011

2009

Signees: Cristina Arenas, Sha'Dare McNeal, Bailey Webster

Rank: No. 5

Accolades: NCAA Finalist in 2009

NCAA Semifinalist in 2010

NCAA Regional Finalist in 2011

NCAA Champion in 2012

McNeal was All-American in 2012

Webster was three-time All-American in 2011, 2012 and 2013

2010

Signees: Hannah Allison, Ashley Bannister, Haley Cameron, Julie Olschwanger, Sarah Palmer

Rank: No. 5

Accolades: NCAA Semifinalist in 2010

NCAA Regional Finalist in 2011

NCAA Champion in 2012

NCAA Semifinalist in 2013

Allison was All-American in 2013

2011

Signees: Khat Bell, Haley Eckerman

Rank: No. 1

Accolades: NCAA Regional Finalist in 2011

NCAA Champion in 2012

NCAA Semifinalist in 2013

Bell was three-time All-American in 2012, 2013, 2014

Eckerman was four-time All-American in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

2012

Signees: Kat Brooks, Nicole Dalton, Sara Hattis, Molly McCage, Amy Neal

Rank: No. 2

Accolades: NCAA Champion in 2012

NCAA Semifinalist in 2013

McCage is All-American in 2013

2013

Signees: Chloe Collins, Chiaka Ogbogu

Rank: No. 5

Accolades: NCAA Semifinalist in 2013

Ogbogu is All-American in 2013

2014

Signees: Mirta Baselovic, Cat McCoy

Rank: N/A

Accolades: NCAA Semifinalist in 2014

2015

Signees: Micaya White, Morgan Johnson, Yaazie Bedart-Ghani, Lauren Beard, Natalie Gilbert

 

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