Article first appeared in the Feb. 12 edition of the Spectator.
The top of the net in women’s volleyball is seven feet and four inches high.
Therefore height is quite the asset on a women’s volleyball team.
Size is exactly what Edinboro women’s volleyball coach Missy Soboleski targeted in this year’s recruiting class, which she announced in December.
Soboleski added seven new members to her squad, which qualified for the NCAA tournament this past season, as Hannah Cantrill, Jacqui Mullins, Amber Petras, Ashley Petras, Megan Screptock, Morgyn Sharp and Tara Rinner, will be joining the Fighting Scots in the fall of this year.
“We are extremely excited about the recruiting class as a whole,” Soboleski said via a release from the university’s Sports Information Department. “We added a lot of depth in the outside and middle positions. This class will give us a lot of competition in practice which is one thing that helped us tremendously this season. We were looking for more height in this class, but not at the expense of athleticism.”
These newest Fighting Scots are certainly athletes and accomplished ones at that. Cantrill and Mullins, both of whom will graduate from Huron High School in Ohio, helped Huron earn the Ohio Division II Championship as the squad went 25-4 that season.
Additionally the teammates are four-year All-Conference and All-District performers with both earning first-team All-District 6 honors in both their junior and senior seasons.
Amber and Ashley Petras are fraternal twins from St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland, who have accomplished a great deal of individual success as a Jaguar. Amber is a six-foot, outside hitter who led her team in kills in 2014 and was a first-team All-District selection. Ashley is a six-foot, middle hitter who led the squad in blocks and solo blocks.
Screptock is from Independence, Ohio and Independence High School. She was an honorable mention All-State selection this season as well as receiving district and conference. Screptock led the Blue Devils to consecutive regional tournaments and two consecutive conference titles in the last two seasons.
Sharp, who is 5-11, will be making the largest move coming from Bakersfield, Ca. She tallied 252 kills and 102 total blocks in her senior season for Frontier High School as she helped the Titans go 23-14 in her farewell campaign.
Rinner is a 6-1 middle hitter from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Ohio. She was a first-team Division II All-Northwest District selection her senior season after being named to the second-team in her junior year. She mounted 270 kills, 206 digs and 65 total blocks this past season.
Soboleski has high hopes this group can led the Fighting Scots over the top.
“We did end this season with a trip to the NCAA’s and the team was thrilled,” she said. “With the new recruits coming in and the strength of our returning players we hope to compete in every match at a higher level and go further into postseason play.”