DeLand, Fla. - Stetson Volleyball Head Coach Tim Loesch is proud to announce the signing of two talented incoming freshmen to National Letters of Intent. Outside hitter Cailyn Prewitt (Rocklin, Calif.) and setter Kayla Weller (Marietta, Ga.) will join the Hatters for the 2012 season.
Prewitt, who stands 6'1" tall, plays for Rocklin (Calif.) High School and Northern California Volleyball Club. She helped lead RHS to a 34-8 record this past season and a 37-3 record in 2010, advancing the Thunder into the state playoffs. Prewitt finished the 2011 season with 427 kills, 80 digs and 40 blocks for Head Coach Dave Muscarella's squad; her Northern California Volleyball Club has finished 30th, 11th and 13th in three appearances in the USA Junior Olympic National Championships, twice in the American Division and once in the Open Division. Prewitt intends to major in Accounting at Stetson.
"Cailyn is a strong attacker, a solid passer and a player that wants the ball when the game is close," Coach Loesch reports. "She has had excellent coaching and top competition in both high school and club volleyball which prepares her well for the college game. What I like best about Cailyn is that while she is already a formidable player, she still has a lot of untapped potential. It will be fun helping her go from good to great!"
Weller, a 5'10" setter, is a two-sport athlete, competing on the track & field team (specializing in the high jump and 800 meters) as well as the volleyball squad at two high schools in her native Atlanta suburbs. She attended and competed for three years at Kennesaw Mountain High School before transferring to Sandy Creek High School as a senior. She led SCHS to the 2011 Georgia Class AAA state championship, earning All-Area and All-State Senior All-Star honors. Weller, who had 30 assists in Sandy Creek's state title match win over St. Pius, was also 2010 All-State honorable mention and First Team All-Area while at KMHS. She led not only the Sandy Creek Lady Patriots (44-7), but all of Georgia Class AAA in assists (615 in 70 sets) in 2011. A member of the Atlanta Juniors Volleyball Club, Weller intends to study Business Administration at Stetson.
Coach Loesch says, "Kayla is a skilled setter, a positive teammate and a fierce competitor. Watching her develop over the past couple seasons convinced me that she will be a tremendous asset to our team. The things I like most about Kayla are that she wants to improve, is very coachable and is determined to succeed. I look forward to her joining the team and coaching her next fall!"
In the first season of Loesch's tenure with the Hatters this past fall, Stetson won nine matches, one more than in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons combined. The Hatters are slated to return five of six starters plus their libero next year.
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