May 27, 2016
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The University of Michigan volleyball team's seven-member incoming freshman class has been ranked as the 14th-best recruiting class in the country by PrepVolleyball.com, it was announced recently.
Michigan's incoming freshman class includes Ellie Brooks, Tiffany Clark, Savannah Guy, Kyleigh Hamacher, Katerina Rocafort, MacKenzi Welsh and Sydney Wetterstrom
"I'm really excited about this incoming freshman class," said head coach Mark Rosen. "I really think this is a special group that is going to make some big impacts."
With numerous top-25 wins and the program's first-ever road victory at Penn State, the 2015 season was a historic one for the Wolverines. Michigan also clinched its first NCAA Tournament second-round appearance since 2012 and its first NCAA berth since 2013, marking the program's ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years and its 15th overall.
"The 2016 class is not only one of the biggest classes Michigan has ever had, it also could be one of the strongest," the website stated. "Anchored by two PrepVolleyball.com Top 100 Senior Aces in Clark and Welsh, this class is deep in talent and could make an early impact on the continued success of the Wolverine program."
"Welsh, Senior Ace No. 40, brings a great combination of size, physicality and all-around skills to the table, as well as Sports Performance training, which could allow her to be an elite collegiate-level setter in the Big Ten Conference," PrepVolleyball continued. "Clark, Senior Ace No. 24 and reputed to be the best libero the state of Illinois has ever produced, has been a huge part of championship programs, both at the club and high school level. She has a nonstop motor and knows only winning."
"Head coach Mark Rosen welcomes a third Top 100 Senior Ace in Wetterstrom, who checks in at No. 32," the website added. "A multi-sport standout in Colorado, Wetterstrom is an all-around athlete with great speed, explosion and agility. She will bring an elite athletic presence to the Michigan program and could be an asset on either pin. Guy, who has played for Coast VBC the past two seasons, has the size and experience to impact in the middle. Brooks has great athleticism, which should help her transition effectively from the middle to a pin hitter position. Hamacher is a multi-sport athlete who is a strong worker and very competitive, which will serve her well facing the big bangers in the Big Ten. Finally, Michigan brings in Katarina Rocafort, who will be the first player from Puerto Rico to wear the Maize and Blue. A setter with great all-around skills, Rocafort will bring great experience and add solid depth to the setting position for the Wolverines. With such a diverse and athletic class, the Michigan Wolverines could be poised to make a few more runs deep into the NCAA Tournament soon."
With seven true freshmen and a redshirt freshman in Cori Crocker, Michigan's 2016 roster will boast 17 players, made up of three senior captains, three juniors and three sophomores.
Big Ten regular-season champion Minnesota earned the highest recruiting class ranking in the conference, coming it at No. 8. Nebraska and Wisconsin earned the No. 12 and No. 13 spots, respectively, while Illinois (No. 22), Ohio State (No. 23) and Indiana (No. 29) also made the list.
Top 30 Collegiate 2016 Recruiting Classes
3. North Carolina
20. Colorado State
23. Ohio State
24. UC Santa Barbara
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