May 27, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team's four-member incoming freshman class has been ranked as the seventh-best recruiting class in the country by PrepVolleyball.com, it was announced on Monday (May 26). This is the third time the website has ranked Michigan's class in the top-10 and it's the second-highest ranking behind the 2004 class that was ranked sixth in the country.
Michigan's class includes middle blocker Claire Kieffer-Wright (South Pasadena, Calif./South Pasadena), defensive specialist/libero Caroline Knop (Pasadena, Calif./LaSalle), outside hitter Adeja Lambert (Rockford, Ill./Keith Country Day) and opposite Katherine Mahlke (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North).
"I think it's a really strong class," said Wolverine head coach Mark Rosen. "It's a very athletic class and I think it's going to bring some great athletic components. But they're also very competitive and very bonded. This class, somehow, connected very well through the recruiting process. Maybe because two of them were teammates in club, that helped. I know that they have already talked as a group about the things they want to bring to the program and the things that they want to achieve while they are here and experiences they want to have as a class ... they have a high ambition, but they also have high abilities and that's a great combination to have."
Michigan returns 10 letterwinners and the four newcomers to the 2014 squad, which opens play on Friday, Aug. 29, against Stephen F. Austin at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
2014 Top-10 PrepVolleyball.com Collegiate Recruiting Classes
1. Penn State
2. Southern California
6. Michigan State
10. Long Beach State
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