Nov. 15, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head volleyball coach Mark Rosen announced today (Tuesday, Nov. 15) the signing of Ally Davis (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), Krystalyn Goode (River Hills, Wis./Nicolet) and Kelly Murphy (Marietta, Ga./Walton) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.
"I think overall it is a really good, deep class," Rosen said. "They are all players who have a great chance to make an impact on us in areas that we need impact. They fit our needs, which I think is always an important factor in a recruiting class."
Davis is a 6-1 outside hitter and is ranked No. 52 by Prepvolleyball.com. After earning third-team all-area recognition from the Chicago Sun Times in 2010, Davis was a first-team honoree in 2011. The outside hitter also earned three straight all-area citations from the Daily Herald from 2009-11, leading Hinsdale Central to three regional championships during that span. Playing for Sports Performance on the club side, Davis helped her team capture second place in the 2011 AAU Open Tournament (18's).
"I think Ally brings great experience to our team after playing for a very high-level club," Rosen said. "Ally has a great combination of athleticism and skill. She is well-skilled but is also extremely athletic. She has a lot of top-end and is very dynamic and explosive. She was a middle blocker that moved to the left side and is still in that transition phase, but I think she is transitioning very well. Most importantly, Ally is used to winning, which I like."
Goode, a 6-4 middle blocker, was a four-year starter and was named to the all-state first team following her senior campaign. She also earned two All-North Shore Conference selections during her prep career at Nicolet High School. She led the Knights to three conference championships and is ranked as the No. 58 Senior Ace by Prepvolleyball.com. Goode also helped Nicolet win a regional championship in 2009 and 2010. She played her club volleyball for the Milwaukee Sting.
"Krystalyn is very familiar with Michigan after having grown up in the Ann Arbor area and just knows a lot about the value of Michigan," Rosen said. "Athletically, she is someone who has a lot of top-end but still has a ton of room to grow. I think she is raw and has a lot of work to do, but it is fun stuff to work on. I think she is going to progress really quickly because she is so long and athletic. She is just going to play big, and we are really excited about what she can develop into."
Murphy, a 6-0 outside hitter, is ranked as the No. 73 Senior Ace by Prepvolleyball.com and was a 2011 second-team All-America selection by MaxPreps. A four-year starter and two-time team captain at Walton, she led the Raiders to back-to-back 5A state championships in 2010 and 2011 en route to earning 5A State Player of the Year laurels following both seasons. The 2010 Gatorade State Player of the Year, Murphy was a two-time All-Area Player of the Year honoree (2010, 2011) and earned All-America distinction from Prepvolleyball.com in 2009 and 2010.
Murphy plays for the A5 Volleyball Club, the same club as freshman Lauren Teknipp (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian). After helping her team to the silver medal at the 2011 Nationals (17-Open), she was named to the all-tournament team. It marked the second time she had earned that honor after garnering all-tournament honors at 2009 Nationals (15-Open).
"Kelly is the consummate winner," Rosen explained. "She always seems to be in the mix on her team when they are winning at the highest level, whether it is winning two state championships in a row or being on a club team that is always in the hunt of everything. She is the kid who is making it go. I have seen her in so many matches where the match is on the line, and she is the one who puts the team on her back and carries them. I love that about her. She is not always the most athletic or physical kid in the gym, but she is the one with the most points. I like that."
The Wolverines lose the five-member senior class of Sloane Donhoff (Louisville, Ky./Assumption), Michelle McMahon (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern), Karlee Bruck (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria), Alex Hunt (Granger, Ind./South Bend St. Joseph) and Courtney Fletcher (Johns Creek, Ga./Northview) to graduation.
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