CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern head volleyball coach Christy Mooberry announced the signing of six student-athletes during the NCAA Signing Period that will join the CSU squad for the 2016-17 season.
Brooke Monssen, Caitlyn Michalski, Logan Windsor, Macey LaPorte, Rachel Smith and Sydney Schwiebert have all committed to join the Buccaneers as CSU looks to build off of their first postseason appearance under Mooberry in the coming season.
"Each of these young ladies brings something unique to the table," said Mooberry on the class. "I'm excited about each one of them and what it means both on the court and for our team dynamic. "
Monssen signs with the Bucs from Jacksonville, N.C. and Richlands High School where she contributed on both the outside and right side. The 6-2 athlete also played on the Cape Fear 18 Xtreme Open club team. Monssen was a three-time Coastal 3A All-Conference selection and was named the Conference Player of the Year in both 2014 and 2015. She was also a three-time All-Area selection. Monssen finished her high school career with 722 kills, 253 blocks, 505 digs and 92 aces, as well as a .238 hitting percentage.
Mooberry on Monssen – "Brooke came to camp this summer and we really liked her. She's coachable and passionate about improving. She has size and she is relatively new to the game, so while she is good now, I think her potential is huge. I'm really looking forward to having her here and working with her."
Michalski signs with the Bucs from Greensboro, N.C. and Wesleyan Christian Academy where she lined up at middle hitter. The 5-10 athlete also plays for Triangle's National 18 Blue club team. Michalski was a three-time All-Conference selection. She earned Conference Player of the Year and All-State recognition in 2013. She was also named the team MVP three times during her high school career.
Mooberry on Michalski – "The first time I saw Caitlyn play I knew she would be a great fit for us. Her character and demeanor on the court was intense and positive. Her athleticism is so fun to watch, she touches close to 10'3" and is very fast laterally with a heavy arm. The options in our offense with her are huge."
Windsor signs with the Bucs from Lexington, S.C. and White Knoll High School where she plays middle hitter. The 5-9 athlete also plays on the Magnum Volleyball club team. Windsor was named the Region 5 Player of the Year in 2015, earning All-State and All-Star honors this past season. She is the sister of current CSU volleyball senior Siraya Windsor.
Mooberry on Windsor – "I'm excited to get to train Logan. She is competitive and hard working with natural athleticism. I believe we can make Logan into a great 6 rotation player. She has a beautiful platform and great speed and is a great fit for CSU."
LaPorte signs with the Bucs from Charleston, S.C. and Cathedral Academy where she played outside hitter. The 5-9 athlete also plays for the Carolina Islanders club team. LaPorte was the Regional Player of the Year in both 2014 and 2015 and was a two-time All-State selection. She also played on the North-South Team and was selected to be a part of the SCISA/GEESA. LaPorte was a member of the 2012 Cathedral state championship team, as well as the 2013 state runner-up squad. She finished her senior season with 393 kills and a .437 hitting percentage.
Mooberry on LaPorte – "Macey has been in contact with us for some time and we've talked about what role she might play. In those conversations, the thing that has always stood out is Macey's desire to achieve. I'm excited to work with her and watch her grow. Her competitiveness and work ethic will be positive additions to our team dynamic."
Smith signs with the Bucs from Euclid, Ohio and Villa Angela St. Joseph High School where she contributed in both the setter and defensive specialist role. The 5-7 athlete earned All-District and All-Ohio Honorable Mention IV honors during her high school career as a four year letter winner. She was also named to the Sun Today Honorable Mention team, earning NCL White MVP and District MVP honors. During the 2014-15 season, Smith finished with 1,281 assists and 369 digs.
Mooberry on Smith – "The first time I met Rachel in person I knew I wanted her here at CSU. She is a happy, positive, spark-plug type of player. She has potential to set or play as a DS."
Schwiebert signs with the Bucs from Geneva, Ill. and Geneva High School where she set and also served for two seasons as team captain. The 5-10 athlete will be competing in her sixth year as a setter for Sports Performance Volleyball Club. Sydney's older sister, Christina Hernandez, was also a Sports Performance graduate who set for the University of Miami from 2001-03.
Mooberry on Schwiebert – "Sydney is a very consistent and competitive setter who can put up a solid block and play defense. We are excited about what she will bring to the court."