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Volleyball Announces Early Decision Recruits

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By John and Matt Risley
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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 2018. Each of the incoming players has turned in their intent-to-enroll cards and look forward to becoming a member of the Big Green.

Three of the four early commitments come from the west coast and one hails from the midwest: Morgan Dressel (Woodside, Calif.), Sara Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash.), Marisol Tracy (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Morgan Waterman (Pleasant Valley, Iowa).

Coach Lindsey on the class of 2018: "We are so excited for the quality of student, athlete and character these volleyball players will bring to the Dartmouth Class of 2018. Like the last year’s freshmen, this class brings a tremendous amount of high level volleyball and championship experience. The physicality of the hitters will allow our offense to continue to be more dynamic and the speed of our libero will add to the defensive intensity. We can't wait to welcome Marisol, Morgan D., Sara and Morgan W. to the Big Green volleyball family."

Morgan Waterman
Pleasant Valley HS/Pleasant Valley, Iowa
5-4 Libero

As a senior, Waterman was first team all-conference and metro, 2nd team all-state, team MVP and co-captain. She broke the average digs per game and career digs record at Pleasant Valley. Off the court, Waterman was the President of the National Honor Society and Student Government Secretary. She also played soccer and basketball through sophomore year. Father Tom Waterman is an Iowa Supreme Court Justice and Dartmouth '81.

Quote from Coach Lindsey: “Morgan is an exceptional athlete and volleyball player. She will bring us great depth at the Libero position and will be a huge asset in our work to improve our serve reception. Morgan has tremendous speed and has a knack for being at the right place at the right time on defense. She brings the work ethic and intensity we need to compete at the top of the league.”

Morgan Dressel
Menlo School/Woodside, Calif.
6-1 Middle Blocker

Recognized honor student at Menlo School freshman – junior year.  Four-year varsity player, earning second team all-league as a junior and first team all-league as a senior. 2013 CIF State runner-ups. Competed at open level at Junior Nationals for the past three years for City Beach and Vision volleyball clubs.

Quote from Coach Lindsey: “Morgan has competed at a high level of volleyball for a long time and has a great understanding of the middle blocker position. Her athleticism and physicality allow her to take great space on the block and power when she attacks. Morgan is coming off a state runner-up season at Menlo in Northern California and knows what it takes to win."

Sara Lindquist
Mercer Island HS/Mercer Island, Wash.
6-2 Outside Hitter

Competes for Sudden Impact volleyball club and Mercer Island High School. Co-captain of Washington 3A State Championship team and MVP. Named first team all state in both her junior and senior seasons, while earning first team all conference during her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. She was selected as the Washington High School interscholastic athletic association statewide student-athlete representative. Lindquist is an accomplished vocalist performing with the Island Sound Choral and in national competitions.

Quote from Coach Lindsey: “Sara is another exceptional athlete that has had a great deal of success at the high school level in Washington State, but also has potential to continue to improve. Coming off a state championship win and very good hitting efficiency numbers for a pin hitter. She is another player in the class that can take some great space at the net on our first line of defense. Beside her physical talent, Sara's positive attitude and determination is something we know will be a huge asset to our culture as we reach for the top of the Ivy."

Marisol Tracy
Amador Valley HS/Pleasanton, Calif.
6-2 Outside Hitter

Four-year varsity starter throughout high school. At the conclusion of 2012 and 2013 she received first team All East Bay Athletic League honors. 2013 Tri Valley Sports Outstanding Athlete. 2013 California Senate Outstanding High School Athlete Award and the four year Scholar Athlete Award. Tracy led her high school to three North Coast Sectional appearances. For club teams City Beach and Vision, she has qualified for Junior Nationals every year since beginning club play at age 12.  With Vision Volleyball Club placed seventh in Open division in 16-and-under at Junior Nationals.

Quote from Coach Lindsey: “Marisol is an exceptional 6 rotation pin attacker who hasn't come close to reaching her potential as a volleyball athlete. She has the length to be a huge threat offensively on the pin and a wall on the block, especially against slide hitters. We look for student-athletes that are determined to continue to improve and develop and this is something that stuck out to us about Marisol."