MORAGA, Calif. -- Saint Mary's volleyball coach Rob Browning announced Tuesday the signing of an incoming class of recruits that has the talent and experience to make an immediate impact for an already strong Gaels squad.
The trio of Maegan Conroy, Madelyn Hutson and Nicole Powers will join already signed Alexis Salmons as members of Saint Mary's incoming class for 2013. Hutson is a transfer from Texas, while the other three enter as true freshmen.
"Besides their high-level volleyball skills and many accolades on the court, these incoming members of our team are also outstanding people and a wonderful fit for our volleyball family," Browning said. "I want people who will do more than we ask of them and who will take ownership in their role on the team and proactively contribute on and off the court. I am confident that each of these young women will contribute to our success in that way."
Here is a look at the incoming class.
Maegan Conroy (Lubbock, Texas/Trinity Christian HS)
Talented outside hitter comes to Moraga from Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock, Texas ... Also competes for Tejas Volleyball Club ... Earned numerous awards, including being named the Texas District 1-4A Most Valuable Player ... Will bring a big arm to the outside attack for the Gaels.
Browning on Conroy: "We are fortunate to have Maegan coming our way. She is a strong outside hitter with a big upside and the discipline and work ethic to take her a long way. She was the 2012 Texas District 1-4A MVP and an all-state selection. This is worth noting given the high level of volleyball in Texas."
Madelyn Hutson (Brentwood, Tenn./Texas)
6-foot-5 transfer from the University of Texas was a 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 recruit and 2010 Gatorade State Player of the Year out of Ravenwood High School in Tennessee ... Competed for two seasons with the Longhorns, appearing in 44 matches ... Has also competed internationally for several USA national teams.
Browning on Hutson: "Madelyn is transferring to us from the University of Texas. She was one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of high school and will have a huge impact on our team's success. I had the pleasure of being the head coach of the USA Junior National Team at the World Championships in Peru in 2011 where Madelyn played an important role. She is certainly more than just tall. At 6-foot-5, Madelyn is skilled and powerful. She will be an imposing and effective player at the net for us."
Nicole Powers (Pleasanton, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS)
Local product also plays for the NorCal-18 Black club ... Has filled a variety of roles throughout her young career, serving as setter for the Wolves during her senior season but also playing libero on the club level ... Second team All-East Bay Athletic League selection in 2012.
Browning on Powers: "Nicole is a tough competitor and a great learner. She has worked hard to get to where she is today as a volleyball player and we expect to see her continue to improve and help our team achieve its goals. She will be a contributor as a passer, defender, and effective server."
Alexis Salmons (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker HS)
6-foot-1 middle blocker was a key contributor for California Interscholastic Federation State Division IV champions Francis Parker ... Had 11 kills in the state title game against Sacred Heart Prep ... Played for Wave Volleyball Club in San Diego ... Daughter of 1984 U.S. Olympic volleyball standout and gold medalist Steve Salmons.
Browning on Salmons: "Alexis was the first recruit who committed to us in this class. An outstanding blocker and attacker, Alexis also is skilled in all other aspects of the game. She was an important member of her Francis Parker High School state champion team this past fall and we will look to her to contribute to our team success immediately."