HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University women's volleyball head coach Kris Czaplinski has officially announced the signing of five players that'll suit up for the Bobcats in the 2014 season. Sierra Dawson (Larkspur, Calif.), Elizabeth Kloos (Munster, Ind.), Nicole Milillo (Lynbrook, N.Y.), Cheyenne Orsi (Bristol, Conn.) and Jamie Termotto (Smithtown, N.Y.) will make up the Class of 2018. With just two senior departures from the 2013 squad and 10 letterwinners returning, Czaplinski's five additions give him a versatile and talented group prepared to make some noise in the Bobcats' second go-round in the MAAC.
With Dawson's arrival, it gives Czaplinski his first signee from the talent-rich state of California while Orsi will be the first Connecticut-born Bobcat since Jenna Benigno's senior season in 2008. Czaplinski's 15-player squad will be the largest in the program's 21-year history and will also feature 11 underclassmen, the most of any MAAC program heading into the 2014 season.
"Going into the 2014 season with another big freshmen class will be a blessing in disguise," Czaplinski said. "All five of these freshmen are ready to compete right away and it will make my even harder with 15 girls on the roster. I couldn't be happier with this incoming freshmen class. They all come from competitive, winning programs and will add so much to the winning culture we will be establishing this year."
Quinnipiac University Women's Volleyball Class of 2018
Redwood High School/Absolute Volleyball Club
Sierra Dawson, comes from the prestigious Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif. that is a perennial powerhouse at the regional and state level. Named Redwood's Co-MVP as well as an All-League selection in both her junior and senior year, Dawson proved vital in the team's run to the state semifinals in 2013. A natural setter with good size at 5'10, Dawson picked up 687 assists, 118 digs, 77 kills (against just six errors), .472 hitting percentage and 32 blocks in 70 sets played throughout the 2013 season. She completed her senior season in 2013 with three tournament MVP honors at the Sonoma tournament, East Bay tournament and Albany tournament. Also excelling in the classroom, Redwood's volleyball team won the Redwood Team Scholastic Award in her freshman and senior years. She will join Quinnipiac seniors Tanner Celestin and Brittanie Robinson as the three California-born Bobcats that'll suit up in 2014.
Munster High School/Diamond Elite/Epic United
Elizabeth Kloos continues Czaplinski's dominance in the state of Indiana as she will join current Quinnipiac sophomores Emma Ogden and Katie Urycki to give the Bobcats three underclassmen hailing from the Hoosier State. Kloos was a durable three-year varsity member at Munster High School who played in every game all three years. Her individual improvement each year coincided with great team success for Munster throughout the 2011-13 seasons. As a sophomore, Kloos was named Munster's most improved player while the team advanced to the semifinals. In her junior year, Kloos broke out as she was named to the All-Conference First Team and All-Area Second Team while she helped lead Munster to a conference championship and second place in sections. Named team captain in her senior season, Kloos had a year to remember as she led Munster to the Elite 8, was named to the Chicago Christian All-Tournament First Team, All-Conference First Team, All-Area First Team and Team MVP. She finished her senior season with 245 kills, 151 digs, 120 blocks and 37 service aces. Named a Scholar Athlete all four years at Munster, Kloos was also named to the Academic All-Conference Team in her senior season in 2013. Kloos also excelled playing beach volleyball as she took third place in the Under-16 USA Junior Beach Volleyball Tour (Chicago), won the Under-18 Michigan City Beach Volleyball Tournament. She doubled as a track star at Munster, named Team MVP in her junior and senior year, setting a personal record that won sectionals in high jump at 5'3. Her all-around prowess earned her the Most Outstanding Female Athlete at Munster in her senior year.
Lynbrook High School/Cali
Nicole Milillo teams up with fellow incoming freshman Jamie Termotto to give the Bobcats two New York-born players coming into the 2014 season. A steady contributor throughout her four years at Lynbrook, Milillo was asked to play a variety of positions including libero, defensive specialist and outside hitter. Playing in a difficult conference, Milillo guided Lynbrook to an impressive season in 2013 as the team finished with an 11-5 overall record and 9-3 mark in conference play to advance to the postseason. Named team captain during her senior season in 2013, Milillo's leadership was a key contributor to the team success in her final year at Lynbrook. Milillo individual success shown through as she was named to the 2013 Nassau County All-Tournament Team and was also named All-County in 2012 and 2013. Also a standout in the classroom, Milillo was named a Scholar Athlete in 2013 for the Nassau County.
Bristol Eastern High School
Cheyenne Orsi gives Quinnipiac its first Connecticut-born player since 2008 and also stands as the tallest player ever to don the blue and gold. Orsi dominated the middle for Bristol Eastern the last two years as she was the driving force behind back-to-back Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) Championships. Her offensive prowess at the net dominated competition throughout Connecticut as she compiled 241 kills and built up a .575 hitting percentage in her junior year to go along with 24 service aces in 77 sets played. Even with those impressive marks in 2012, Orsi improved her game in her senior season with 246 kills and .644 hitting percentage in 51 sets played. Averaging 4.8 kills per set throughout the 2013 season, Orsi comes to Quinnipiac with plenty of offensive and defensive versatility. Not only has Orsi improved significantly year-to-year but she also has come through in the most pressure packed games throughout her career at Bristol Eastern. In the 2013 CCC title game facing an undefeated Farmington squad, Orsi came up with a game high 22 kills to go along with four blocks as Bristol Eastern scored the 3-1 upset victory to claim their second consecutive state championship. Named to the CHSCA Senior All-Star Team, Orsi hopes to continue to make a name for herself within her home state of Connecticut.
Outside Hitter/Right Side
Smithtown West High School
Jamie Termotto was the featured player for the better part of two seasons playing for the Smithtown West High School in Long Island. Termotto frequently rang up double digits in kills on her way to an All-Conference honor in her senior season. Serving as the varsity captain throughout her final season at Smithtown West, Termotto guided her team into the postseason before suffering a bitter 3-2 defeat at the hands of Smithtown East. Termotto had a monster senior season as she racked up 276 kills in 99 sets played for a hitting percentage of .396. Her leadership and on-court prowess made her a deserving recipient of the 2014 Female Pat Dwyer Athlete of the Year award. She also tallied 21 blocks and 61 digs while perhaps her biggest year-to-year improve came from the service line as she picked totaled 34 aces in her senior year compared to 15 as a junior. In addition to her 276 kill season in 2013-14, Termotto was just as impressive offensively in 2012-13 as a junior where she compiled 243 kills in 91 sets played for a hitting percentage of .380. Standing close to 6'0 in height with the versatility to play both on the outside and right side, Termotto will add to a young and talented core for the Bobcats.
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