HANOVER, N.H. - Head coach Erin Lindsey and the Dartmouth volleyball team announced the early decision recruits for the Class of 2017 on Tuesday. Each of the incoming players has turned in their intent-to-enroll cards and look forward to becoming a member of the Big Green.
The six early commitments come from across the country: Molly Kornfeind (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Lottie MacAulay (Mercer Island, Wash.), Julia Lau (Honolulu, Hawaii), Danielle Glinka (Orlando, Fla.), Stacey Benton (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Emily Patrick (Austin, Texas).
Coach Lindsey on the class of 2017: "We are so excited to welcome this large class of volleyball athletes to Dartmouth. They bring a huge amount of championship experience and passion for excelling both on the court and in the classroom. We are in desperate need of depth in our point scoring positions and this class will provide us just that."
Palisades Charter High School/Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Sunshine Volleyball Club
6-0 Outside Hitter
Kornfeind attends Palisades Charter High School, who just won their third consecutive L.A. City Girls Volleyball Championship. In her senior season, she was selected as Division 1 City Player of the Year for the third straight year and made the All Western League First Team for the fourth straight year. During her high school career, she was selected first-team all-city three times.
Quote from Coach Lindsey: "Molly is a versatile attacker who can play the whole game. She hails from an exceptional club program in Southern California and has been the go to hitter on her high school team for the last few years. She has experience attacking from both the left and right pins and can be very difficult to block due to her fast arm speed."
Mercer Island/Mercer Island, Wash.
6-2 Middle Hitter
MacAulay lettered in volleyball all four years, while registering a team-leading .573 hitting percentage in 2012. In her senior season, she was named first-team all-league, earned the team character award, was nominated for the all-state team, and led team to the 2012 KINGCO championship and the SeaKing Division Championship.
Quote from Coach Lindsey: "Lottie is a great athlete with tons of potential and upside. She gets off the ground really easily and is very high above the net when blocking. She has already played in a system similar to ours so the transition in should be a smooth one. Lottie will compete in the middle blocker position. "
Punahou School/Honolulu, Hawaii
Ku'ikahi Wahine Volleyball Club
Lau was a two-year letterwinner at Punahou School, while leading the team to back-to-back Hawaii State High School Athletic Association Championship titles. During her career, Punahou School ended those two years ranked as the fifth (2011) and sixth (2012) best high school team in the nation by prepvolleyball.com. She was a three-year member of the Ku'ikahi Wahine Volleyball Club and competed in the Open Division of the USA Girls Junior National Tournament in 2011 (16s) and 2012 (17s) placing 5th and 13th respectively.
During her senior year, she was named to the Honolulu Star Advertiser Fab 15 as one of the 15 best high school players in the State of Hawaii (highest-rated libero) in December 2012. She was also named to the Hawaii State High School Athletic Association All-Tournament Team at the high school state championship in November 2012 as a libero.
Quote from Coach Lindsey: "Julia has been playing volleyball for a very long time and in Hawaii, where the ball control is exceptional. She will definitely add depth to our serve receive, and speed and tenacity to our defense. She comes from a high school program that just won back-to-back state championships and she understands what it takes to win."
Bishop Moore/Orlando, Fla.
6-0 Outside Hitter
Glinka is a three-time AAU National Champion, serving as captain for the first two years, a two-time AAU All-American and a two-time Florida State Champion. She is also a two-time bronze medal winner at the USAV Junior Olympics. The Sunshine State native played for the top-ranked volleyball team in Florida, helping the squad to the 2012 Max Preps National Championship.
Quote from Coach Lindsey: "Danielle will add depth to our outside hitting position and our serve receive. She has one of the most solid platforms and natural touches I have seen in this class of prospects. She also hails from a state and national championship high school team and AAU national championship club program."
Benton was part of two Utah State 4A Championship teams and two Arizona State Championship Division II runner-up squads, earning all-state and all-conference honors in Arizona. She was a key member of the bronze medal-winning team at the 2012 United States Junior National Volleyball Championship. During her senior season, she led the state with 148 aces.
Quote from Coach Lindsey: "Stacey is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever recruited, and that is one of the key attributes of a setter. She has a very strong understanding of the game and very strong technical base. Not only is she a tremendous setter, but she brings an exceptional top-spin jump serve, which is something we have not had in our arsenal yet."
St. Stephen's Episcopal School/Austin, Texas
6-1 Outside Hitter
Patrick starred at St. Stephen's where she was a two-time captain her junior and senior seasons. During her junior campaign, she was named the team's most valuable player. She led her team to three straight Southwest Prepratory Conference Championship titles. As a senior, she led the team to a Volleypalooza Tournament Championship and was named to the all-tournament team.
Quote from Coach Lindsey: "Emily is yet another player who has multiple state championships under her belt. She has been the go-to hitter for her teams over the last few years and understands what it takes to score points. She is a smart attacker and also has solid ball-control skills. Emily will add much needed depth to our left side hitting position."