Wolter Signs Five More for 2007

first_img May 22, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – After leading West Florida to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament last season, head coach Melissa Wolter has added seven new players for the 2007 volleyball season. Five student-athletes have signed scholarships to play at West Florida, while two other student-athletes have committed to play for the Argonauts. The seven new student-athletes join Kara Gonzalez and Chelsea Wilhoite, who were signed during the early signing period in December.Five student-athletes have signed scholarships to play at West Florida. Luciana Rapach is one of three junior college transfers. Rapach, a 5-9 junior right side/setter from Porto Alegre, Brazil, played two seasons at Iowa Western Community College. Rapach was named most valuable player of the 2006 National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament as she helped lead Iowa Western to the NJCAA Division I championship. Rapach was also a two-time all-region selection. In 2006 Rapach led the Reiver with 760 digs (4.4 per game) and was second on the team with 463 kills (2.7 per game).Kim Clark is a 5-7 junior outside hitter from St. Petersburg, Fla. Clark was a two-time All-Florida Community College Athletic Association All-Conference selection at Hillsborough Community College. She helped lead the Lady Hawks to a 2006 state championship and an appearance in the national tournament. Among junior colleges, Clark finished last season seventh in the nation with 4.7 kills per game.Madeline Gonzalez, a teammate of Clark at Hillsborough, will also suit up for West Florida in 2007. Gonzalez, a 5-8 junior setter from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was a two-time All-FCCAA and all-conference honoree. She was the 2006-07 FCCAA Player of the Year and the 2006-07 Hillsborough Community College Athlete of the Year. Gonzalez finished her junior college career with 13.9 assists per game.Kaitlyn Cole is one of four incoming freshman. Cole, a 5-10 middle hitter/outside hitter from New Orleans, La., was a 2006 Louisiana High School Athletic Association All-State honoree. She was also named most valuable player of two regular season tournaments in 2006. Cole was the top high school freshman in the United States in 2003 and one of the top 50 sophomores in 2004. Cole also played for the Cajunland Travel team.Robin Law is a 5-11 freshman outside hitter from Phoenix, Ariz. Law played for head coach Shannan McClure at Saguaro High School. She was a two-time all-region selection, including a first team honor in 2006. As a sophomore in 2004, Law was the highest scorer and led the team in kills. After the 2005 season, Law was invited to spend a week with the USA Volleyball High Performance Program at Baylor University.Two other student-athletes have committed to play for the Argonauts. Kylie Dorton is a 5-7 outside hitter/defensive specialist from Muncie, Ind. Dorton, who was an All-Delaware County selection as a senior, helped lead the Eagles to an appearance in the Indiana State Final Four. She was selected to the all-conference team and was an all-county honorable mention honoree as a junior. Dorton also played for the Munciana Volleyball Club for four years and the Wave Club for two years.Kelsey Ortwerth will join her sister at West Florida. Ortwerth, a 5-7 freshman right side/outside hitter from Hannibal, Mo., is the sister of West Florida assistant coach Shelby Moneer. Ortwerth, a two-year team captain, was named to three all-district and all-conference teams. As a senior, she was named the most valuable player of the conference. Ortwerth was also a member of the Eastside Twin City club team.”This is a fantastic recruiting class,” said Wolter. “They will blend very well with our returning players given their skill development during the spring.”West Florida will open the 2007 season on Aug. 24 against Flagler at the UWF Comfort Inn-vitational at the UWF Field HousePrint Friendly Version Share Wolter Signs Five More for 2007last_img

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