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Volleyball Announces Early Decision Recruits

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 02/06/2012
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HANOVER, N.H. — Head Coach Erin Lindsey and the Dartmouth volleyball team announced the early decision recruits for the Class of 2016 on Monday. Each of the incoming players has turned in their intent to enroll cards and look forward to becoming a member of the Big Green.

All three early commitments hail from the southwest corner of the United States. Paige Caridi is from Austin, Texas and played for Westlake High School and the Austin Juniors Volleyball Club. Kaira Lujan is an Albuquerque, N.M. native and played for Albuquerque Academy and the New Mexico Juniors Volleyball Club. Allison Brady is the third recruit and is from Phoenix, Ariz. She played at Xavier College Preparatory and Club Red Volleyball.

Paige Caridi
Westlake High School/Austin, Texas
Austin Juniors Volleyball Club
6'0" Outside Hitter

Caridi was a three-year letterwinner at Westlake High School and a seven-year member of the Mizuno Team in Austin Junior Volleyball. In her senior season, she was named Texas Sports Writers Association First Team 5A All-State, was a TGCA All-State 5A selection, Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America and Academic All State. She earned a Gold Medal at the 2011 National Championships in the 17 Open Division. She was the Coaches All-District 15-5A Most Valuable Player. In her junior season, she was a TGCA All-State 5A selection, Coaches All-District 15-5A first team and Academic All-State.

Quote from coach Lindsey
"Paige is a tremendous volleyball player with championship and leadership experience. She is not only an exceptional indoor volleyball player but is also a decorated beach volleyball athlete. Paige will contribute significantly to Dartmouth Volleyball with her ball control skills, offensive range and overall volleyball IQ. She comes from winning programs at both her high school and her club team and will make an immediate impact in the gym at the outside hitter position."

Kaira Lujan
Albuquerque Academy/Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico Juniors Volleyball Club
6'4" Middle Hitter

Lujan played for the New Mexico Juniors Volleyball Club the past five years and has played on the top team all five seasons. Her team also competed at nationals the last three years. At Albuquerque Academy, she earned first team all-district, first team all-metro and was her team's captain during for senior year. She was Academic All-District and Academic All-Metro. In 2011-12, she played on the USA Volleyball High Performance Women's Junior A2 Team. In her junior season, she made second team all-metro and second team all-district.

Quote from coach Lindsey
"Kaira is a special athlete and student. Her size and athletic ability will allow her to make an immediate impact in the Ivy League. Kaira has had the opportunity to train and play within the USA volleyball pipeline, which has further developed her skills. She is tremendous off of one foot on the slide attack, which is something we needed to replace with Annie Villanueva's graduation. We are so excited to have Kaira join Dartmouth Volleyball."


Allison Brady
Xavier College Preparatory/Phoenix, Ariz.
Club Red Volleyball
6'1" Middle/Right Side Hitter

Brady was a three-year letterwinner at Xavier College Preparatory and competed in Club Red Volleyball. At Xavier College Prep, she helped her team win three Arizona 5A-1 state championships. In her senior season, she tallied 149 kills on a .427 hitting percentage and totaled 50 blocks. She was second team all-region her junior season and honorable mention all-region following her sophomore campaign. She competed at the USAV Girl's Junior National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and was named to the USAV High Performance Girls' Select A2 Team in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, she was named to the USAV High Performance Girls' Select Arizona Teams.

Quote from coach Lindsey
"Alli is another student-athlete that hails from a successful high school and club volleyball program. Her energy and competitive spirit in the gym will be felt immediately upon her arrival in Hanover. Alli is a versatile athlete with a strong arm swing and has experience at many positions. She will contribute in both the middle hitter and right side hitter positions here at Dartmouth."

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