Stetson University Sand Volleyball head coach Tim Loesch announced Thursday that Rachael Farrell (Niceville, Fla.), Kristin Lind (Tierp, Sweden), and Kaylee Anderson (Loxahatchee, Fla.) have joined the squad for the 2013-14 season.
Farrell comes to Stetson as a graduate student after completing her Bachelor's Degree in Health, Exercise, and Sports Science at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. She competed for four seasons on the Bulldogs indoor volleyball team, and ranked among the top 15 career leaders in kills, digs, and total attacks. She led the team with 267 kills her senior year.
Farrell will have one season of eligibility for the Hatters as she pursues her MBA degree.
"Rachael brings maturity, leadership and huge potential with her from The Citadel," Loesch said. "Having played against her indoors, we know that she is a strong attacker, a tough competitor and a great teammate. Once she learns our system of play in the sand she will be a tremendous asset to our team."
Lind, meanwhile, will journey to DeLand from Sweden, where she was a gold medalist at the U19 Swedish Beach Volleyball Championships in 2011, and a bronze medalist at the U21 Swedish Championships. She also placed fifth on the Swedish Beach Tour in 2012, and 13th at the U20 European Championships.
"Kristin adds some more international experience to our team," Loesch said. "She has been well coached with solid fundamentals and she brings a slightly different style of play to our team. Her competitiveness and dedication to the game should make her a strong contributor to our program."
Anderson competed in indoor volleyball for four years at Summit Christian High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was a two-time all-area selection and helped lead her team to two district championships. In recent sand competitions, Anderson placed first at the Florida Beach Volleyball Tour event in Fort Myers and at the Florida HP Queen of the Beach tournament in Deerfield Beach.
"Kaylee is not satisfied with being one of the top youth beach volleyball players in Florida," Loesch said. "After committing to Stetson, the first question she had was, ‘What can I do to get ready to play in college?’ Over the past year she has played against tougher competition and worked hard to improve her skills and athleticism. She is going to be fun to coach, and a great partner for someone on our team."
The Hatters advanced to the Atlantic Sun Conference championship match in 2013.