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HANOVER, N.H. – In preparation for the 2017 season, Dartmouth volleyball head coach Gilad Doron – who will be entering his second season at the helm of the program – has announced the addition of five players to the roster as members of the Class of 2021.

Joining the Big Green are Olympia Nagel-Caland, Lauren Douglas, Tola Akinwumi, Elise Petit and Mallen Bischoff.

“I am very excited about our freshmen,” Doron said. “We were looking to add depth, size and skills to our current roster, and we feel we have done a very good job finding players who will fit in our future program growth. They bring competitiveness and skills that will enable us to compete in the Ivy League next fall.”

Introducing the Class of 2021:

Name: Olympia Nagel-Caland
Hometown/High School: Los Angeles, Calif. / Crossroads School
Position: Outside Hitter / Opposite Hitter
Club Name: Sunshine
Accolades: Four-year varsity volleyball player, two-year captain … first place at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier in Open (2011) … two-time Best Offensive Player … MVP … All-CIF Southern Section Team … All-League first team … four-year varsity swimmer … All-League first team … Model United Nations … Global Classrooms International Model UN New York Honorable Mention … All-Academic.
Quote from Coach Doron: “Olympia is a hard-working, all-around player who will be able to play both on the left and right side for us. Her positive attitude and her competitive personality will make her teammates around her better." 

Name: Lauren Douglas
Hometown/High School: Pacific Palisades, Calif. / Marymount High School
Position: Libero / Defensive Specialist
Club Name: Sunshine
Accolades: Four-time Mission League champion … MVP … three-time captain … Power Classic Tournament champion … 2016 Queen’s Court Tournament champion … competed at Junior Olympics seven times … Top 10 SCVA Division I … Heads List … AP Scholar.
Quote from Coach Doron: “Lauren is an experienced Libero / Defensive Specialist who played on a top high school and club team in SoCal. She comes from a volleyball family and she will bring depth into our backcourt.” 

Name: Tola Akinwumi
Hometown/High School: Palos Verdes, Calif. / Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Position: Middle Blocker
Club Name: Mizuno Long Beach
Accolades: 2014 ACVA Phenom Finalist … SVCA Middle Blocker of the Year … Mizuno Long Beach 15s Most Inspirational Player … 2016 Prep Volleyball Top Junior Recruits … BSU president … Fellowship of Christian Athletes … National Science Society … Principal’s Advisory Committee … Library of Congress Letters of Literature CA first place … two-year letterwinner.
Quote from Coach Doron: “Tola is the most physical player in this class and will compete for a starting spot as one of our middles. She has a lot of potential and we are looking forward to seeing the player she will become.”

Name: Elise Petit
Hometown/High School: Bellevue, Wash. / Redmond High School
Position: Outside Hitter
Club Name: Sudden Impact
Accolades: Four-year varsity volleyball player … three-year letterwinner … two-year captain … record holder for kills in a match (35), kills in a season (410) and career kills (886) … 2015 Seattle Times Top 10 Performer of the Week … Female Athlete of the Week … MVP … KingCo 3A First Team … 2016 USA V 16 American All-Tournament Team … vice president and co-founder of RHS Biology Club … National Honor Society.
Quote from Coach Doron: “Elise was a very highly recruited student athlete and I am thrilled that she chose Dartmouth. She brings much needed size at the net and skills that can help us compete with the top of the conference teams.”

Name: Mallen Bischoff
Hometown/High School: San Francisco, Calif. / St. Ignatius College Preparatory
Position: Outside Hitter
Club Name: Red Rock Volleyball Club
Accolades: Three-time AVCA Phenom list … captain … tied for third in the first-ever Open Division in California volleyball history … second-degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do … led her team in kills and digs … Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam … Cancer Awareness Club.
Quote from Coach Doron: “Mallen is a very smart and competitive all-around outside player who can quietly make a big impact on the floor in many different ways. She has the competitive spirit and when it is in full display, she is very hard to stop.”