Nov. 15, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College volleyball team has had five recruits sign their National Letters of Intent for the 2013 campaign in the early signing period. “We feel that this recruiting class is one of the strongest we have had,” Head Coach Margot Royer-Johnson said. “We are very excited that all five student athletes have chosen to become Friars.”
Marina Rose will join the team as an outside hitter from Coventry, Conn. after earning four varsity letters in volleyball at Coventry High School. The 5’9” Rose also collected four varsity letters in basketball and three in track and field. A two-time team captain, Rose has earned All-Conference and All-State First Team honors after being a part of three state championship teams in volleyball. Rose is the midst of her senior year and is currently competing for a fourth-consecutive state championship.
“Marina is super athletic and competitive,” said Royer-Johnson. “She has a sincere will to win on the court. We are happy she is a Friar.”
Rose, a four year honor roll student, plans to study biology at Providence College.
Abigail Dix, a 5’11” middle blocker from Gibsonia, Pa. will join the Friar squad after a stellar career at Pine-Richland High School, where she collected four varsity letters in volleyball.
“Abby is a well-trained player as she comes to us from a great club program in Renaissance,” said Royer-Johnson. “She is very athletic and can hit from a number of positions.”
A two-time most improved player, Dix was named a Second-Team All-Section selection in 2010 and was named to the First Team in 2011. A National Honor Society member and Highest Honor Roll student, Dix plans to major in health sciences.
Michelle Cruz is a 5”1” defensive specialist and joins the Friars from Midland Park, N.J. Cruz, a four year letter winner in volleyball from Immaculate Heart Academy, is a three-time state champion who collected her 1,000th kill earlier this season. A First-Team All-Bergen County and All-League Player, Cruz also was a member of National Honor Society and four year honor roll nominee.
“Michelle is very quick and has good knowledge of the game,” Royer-Johnson said. “Her defensive skills will help us immediately next year.”
Cruz plans to study Computer Engineering upon her enrollment at Providence College.
Kayla Fitzgerald will travel from Redlands, Calif. to join the Friars for the 2013 season. A 5’10” outside hitter, Fitzgerald attended Redlands East Valley High School, where she collected two varsity letters in volleyball.
“Kayla is a natural athlete who jumps very well and swings high,” Royer-Johnson said. “She will help us in our quick offense.”
A Freshman MVP in 2009 and 2011 Second-Team All-Citrus Belt League honoree, Fitzgerald plans to enter Providence College as a health policy and management major after being named to the Fall 2012 Faculty Honor Roll.
Setter Amanda Berkman will join the team after earning three varsity letters in volleyball at Mahwah High School. The 5’9” Mahwah, N.J. native captained her team as a senior and has collected over 1,000 assists in her career. In 2011, Berkman was named First-Team All-League after winning the Southern Regional Tournament. The National Honor Society member will enter Providence College with a planned study in business and marketing.
“Amanda is a quick setter with good hands,” Royer-Johnson said. “She blocks well and can run an offense efficiently. She rounds out a great class of athletes.”