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Five players commit to Pfeiffer

Misenheimer, NC -- Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Ben Guiliano announces five players have committed to competing at Pfeiffer University beginning with the fall 2009 season.  The Falcons will add two outside hitters, one defensive specialist, and one middle blocker.

Kathryn Hobson is a 5’9” outside hitter from Asheboro, NC.  As a member of the Asheboro High School girls volleyball team, she was selected for the 2007 All-Conference Honorable Mention team and was named to the 2008 All-Conference team.  Hobson was also selected for the Red and Blue All-Star team in 2008 and plays for the Tri-County club team.  She is a member of student council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Cassie Byerly will travel to Pfeiffer from Lewistown, Montana. Byerly is a 5’6” defensive specialist coming out of the Lewistown Volleyball Club and Fergus High School, a two-time Montana Class A State Champion team. Also able to play as an outside hitter, Byerly was named to the All-Conference second team. In the classroom Byerly has excelled as a member of the National Honor Society, Academic All State participant, and is a five-time Kiwanis Award winner. Byerly is also a middle school volunteer volleyball coach.

Abigail Ovbey joins the Falcons from West Montgomery High School in Troy, NC. Ovbey is a 5’11” middle blocker who is a four-time All-Conference recipient, three-time MVP award winner, and was named Player of the Year in both 2007 and 2008. She was also named Max Preps/ ACVA Player of the Week in September of 2008. Ovbey is a member of the Tri-County club team, participates in the Jr. Air Force ROTC, and is a mentor for the Big Brother/Big Sister program.

Jordan O’Bryant is a 5’11” outside hitter from Reidsville, NC. At Rockingham High School, O’Bryant was named team MVP in 2006, All-Conference in 2007 and 2008, and Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. O’Bryant plays for the Pannix club team and is also a member of her high school’s track team. O’Byrant is active with her local 4-H club and volunteers at her local hospital.

Vanessa Gerig is a native of Normal, Illinois where she attends Normal Community High School. As a senior co-captain, Gerig helped her team to a 29-9 record and a co-championship in their conference. Gerig was the recipient of the 2008 volleyball Sportmanship award and received the Scholar Athlete award. As a member of the Illini Elite Club, Gerig’s team has placed in the top 20 at Nationals and the following year placed 7th at AAU’s in the club division. Gerig is a four year member of the honor roll and participates in Student Council.
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