April 24, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan volleyball head coach Mark Rosen announced on Tuesday (April 24) the addition of Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union), Carly Warner (Naperville, Ill./St. Francis) and Lindsey Lerg (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy) to the Wolverines for the 2012-13 academic year.
The trio will join Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) and Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) in Michigan's freshman class for the 2012 season.
"I always think the most important thing when looking at a recruiting class is if it fits the needs of your team," Rosen said. "This group definitely fits our needs exactly and gives us balance across the board. I think we have a few six-rotation kids in this class, which has really become our identity the past few years. We lost some key players to graduation this past year, but I think this class has the ability to step up and help us compete."
Morales, a 5-6 libero, helped the U.S. to the finals of the 2010 USA Youth Women's Olympic Games in Singapore. She was named a 2011 Prepvolleyball.com 'Senior Ace' and 'Defensive Lion' while playing club for Mizuno Long Beach. Morales was also honored as the 2010 AAU National Beach Volleyball Player of the Year after she won her third consecutive national championship with her third partner in as many years. Morales was a three-time Bay League Libero of the Year award winner and earned 2011 All-CIF Division 1AA first-team honors. She also played water polo at Redondo Union en route to earning Freshman Class Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and Junior Class Athlete of the Year in 2011.
"Tiffany follows a long line of West Coast defensive players for our program," Rosen said of Morales. "She is a great passer, which is critical for our style of play, and also has great defensive promise. She played with the youth national team and gets great training from a club that is known for ball control and defense. I think that high-level experience will help her make the transition to the college game."
Warner, a 5-10 setter, will provide the Wolverines with depth in the setting position behind 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman team honoree Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West). Warner recently led her Sports Performance team to a first-place finish at the 2012 President's Day Challenge to earn MVP honors. Following her high school season where she led St. Francis to a conference championship and a third-place finish in the state tournament, she earned all-conference honors, all-area recognition and special mention all-state.
"We are really excited that someone of Carly's ability was still available this late in the recruiting cycle," Rosen said. "She is a late fill for this class and fits a perfect need for us. She will compete with Lexi (Dannemiller) and give us some depth in the setting position. She has had great training from her club and high school teams."
Lerg, a 5-7 defensive specialist, was a three-time all-district and all-region honoree who helped lead Mercy to three consecutive district championships. Her high school team also finished runner-up during the 2010 state championship and third in 2009. She was named to the all-state third team in 2011 and earned three all-state academic team mentions (2009-11).
"Lindsey will be a good addition for us," Rosen explained. "She fits the mold of a Michigan student-athlete and is great in the classroom as well. She will add some depth to our defensive positions and be a great person to have in our gym. Her family has a legacy of coming to Michigan, and I am excited that she gets to follow in that."
The Wolverines return seven letterwinners from last year's 22-13 team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the past five years.
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