Talented frosh five join UTM volleyball team
Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 12:00 pm
UT Martin head volleyball coach Darrin McClure has announced five incoming freshmen who have signed National Letters of Intent to attend next fall.
Colleen Larson (Naper-ville, Ill.), Michelle McLaughlin (Bartlett, Ill.), Julia Devinney (Plano, Texas), Alisha Erves (Tyrone, Ga.) and Madison Wessling (Louisville, Ky.) will all have four years of eligibility to compete for the Skyhawks. Larson and McLaughlin committed to UT Martin in the early signing period.
Larson (5-5) is coming off a successful prep career at Naperville North. She scooped up 860 career digs, which ranks second in NNHS program history. Included in that total is 355 digs during her senior campaign, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.
Larson was named a “Top 50 Player to Watch” by the Chicago Sun-Times after she helped lead the Huskies to a 29-8 record and conference championship in 2011. That same season, she was named an honorable mention all-state selection.
McLaughlin (5-10) joins the Skyhawk program out of St. Francis in Wheaton, Ill., one of the all-time winningest programs in the state.
Last fall, McLaughlin helped the Spartans to a 37-5 record and Class 3A state championship, capturing the school’s first state title since 2006.
Devinney (6-2) prepped at Plano West, helping lead the team to a 26-19 record in 2012.
Also playing outside hitter throughout her prep career, Devinney amassed 143 kills on a .227 attack percentage during her senior season.
Erves (5-11) is coming off back-to-back Georgia state championships at Sandy Creek.
She finished in the top five in the state with 122 kills blocks.
Wessling (5-10) comes to UT Martin out of Sacred Heart Academy, the alma mater of Skyhawk assistant coach Julia Noe.
Wessling was first team all-region in 2012 and was a second team all-Catholic honoree as well.
These five future Skyhawks will make their collegiate debuts on Friday, Aug. 30 when UT Martin travels to a tournament in Peoria, Ill.
Published in The WCP 4.25.13