Providence Volleyball Announces Two NLI Signings

Nov. 8, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was announced on Nov. 8 by Providence College women’s volleyball Head Coach Margot Royer-Johnson that two student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Providence College beginning in September 2018. Mackenzie Taylor (Holbrook, N.Y.) and Erika Calvagna (Tustin Ranch, Calif.) will compete for the Friars in 2018.

“Mackenzie is a hard-nosed defender,” said Coach Margot Royer-Johnson on Taylor. “She doesn't like to lose. She comes from great coaching in both Rick Cole and former Friar, Deborah Matejka Deslauriers. We are excited about what she will bring to PCVB.” 

Taylor is a 5’ 5” libero from Holbrook, N.Y. Taylor collected four varsity letters in volleyball during her time at Connetquot High School. Taylor was also a member of the Long Island Volleyball Academy club volleyball team for the past eight years. Over the course of her career, Taylor has led her high school team to a state championship, three county championships and two Long Island championships.  She competed on the GEVA team that won first at the 2017 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Off the court, Taylor is involved in both the National Honor Society as well as the National Business Honor Society. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

“Erika is a well-trained volleyball player as she plays for a great club program as well as California powerhouse, Mater Dei High School,” said Coach Royer-Johnson on Calvagna. “She is very quick and has great hands and energy. She is a great fit for us”.

Erika Calvagna is a 5’ 7” setter from Tustin Ranch, Calif. Calvagna was a two-year varsity member of the volleyball team at Mater Dei High School. Calvagna also has been a member of Momentous Volleyball Ball Club since 2016. Calvagna has been a contributing member of the Mater Dei volleyball team that won the CIF Championships in 2015, twice won the CIF Southern Section, and won the Nike Tournament of Champions.




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