FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Head coach Brian Rosen and the Nova Southeastern volleyball team are thrilled to announce the signing of six more future Sharks, as Jess Barrett, Aleyna Kennel, Emily Krachenfels, Brittany Landrum, Emily Sippel and McKenna Tucek will join the NSU volleyball squad this upcoming fall, bringing the 2019 recruiting class to 10.
“I could not be more excited about the young women who will represent our coaching staff’s first recruiting class in the fall of 2019,” boasted Rosen. “In addition to the four 2019 high school graduates who had previously signed (Madison Carmon, Madison Cook, Amanda Hall, and Evelyn Kinsch), we have added six more student-athletes with incredible talent and commitment to put in the work it will take to bring this program to new heights. Our conference is the best in the country, and that is what each of these players were looking for. As they came on campus, it was apparent that their personalities would fit in perfectly, and they would help create the competitive culture we are looking for. Between Aleyna, Emily Krachenfels, and Jess, we will have to work for every point in practice because they are relentless defensively. However, they will also be put to the test daily with the level of offense that Brittany, Emily Sippel, and McKenna will provide.”
Also transferring from a Div. I program, Kennel saw action in all 95 sets during her freshman season at UML. She established a career-high of 175 digs on the season and a season-high 21 digs in an individual match against Fairleigh Dickinson. Kennel also led the team in service aces with 23. She plans to major in entrepreneurship.
“Aleyna brings a pedigree of winning that stems from her high school and club days,” said Rosen. “During her time at Lewis Palmer HS, she amassed a four year record of 112-4. She also played for one of the most successful club teams, competing at the highest level. More importantly, Aleyna brings a full season of DI experience where she played in every set for UML. She will add a level of competitiveness that our gym needs, has a serve that will score points for our team, and will break opposing hitter’s hearts with her defensive play. I cannot wait to watch her raise the level of play in our gym every day this fall.”
Bolingbrook, Ill. / NJIT
Grad. / 5-7 / DS/S
An overall player at NJIT, Krachenfels played in 31 matches her freshman season as the starting setter, leading the team in assists with 821, finishing the season sixth in the A-Sun Conference. She also ranked third on the team with 20 aces and fifth in digs (198) and blocks (27). As a sophomore, she played in all 33 matches for the Highlanders as a defensive specialist. Emily’s junior year was cut short due to an injury and she received a medical redshirt. In her senior season, Emily became a six-rotation outside, playing in 30 matches. She had multiple double-digit kill matches, including a season high 16 against Manhattan. She also posted a season high 16 digs and four aces against Bucknell. Graduating with her bachelor’s degree in biology in May, Emily will pursue her masters of psychology here at NSU.
“Emily is an incredible addition to our program who will contribute in so many ways on and off the court” described Rosen. “She is the ultimate volleyball player who has a resume of proven success at the division one level as a setter, defensive specialist, and six rotation outside hitter. In addition to her talent, it’s Emily’s leadership and court presence that I am most looking forward to adding to our program. She will help us create a winning culture here at NSU, and make a lasting impact during her one year on campus.”
Saint Cloud, Fla. / Harmony HS
Fr. / 6-0 / MH
Greer, S.C. / Mauldin HS
Fr. / 5-10 / OH
A multi-year volleyball player for the Mavericks, Sippel proved her strength during her underclassmen years, earning Region Player of the Week her 10th and 11th grade years. Over her high school career, she tallied 1,160 kills, 786 digs, 149 aces and 61 blocks. In 2018, she helped lead her Upward Stars 18-1 club team to the title of 2018 USAV Girls’ 18s Junior National Champion in the 18 USA Division. Sippel plans to major in biological sciences when she attends NSU.
“Emily is someone that I have gotten to know over the last three years when I was in the Carolinas,” said Rosen. “I always loved watching how competitive she was on the court, and her ability to terminate as a hitter, and make serve receive look easy. She is a true six-rotation player who works tirelessly on her game. She has received incredible training at her volleyball club and has played at the highest level possible as a prep athlete. She will be well prepared to compete in the SSC, and I can’t wait to watch her grow in our program.”
Burton, Ohio / Georgia Southern Univ.
So. / 5-11 / OH
Tucek joins the Sharks after spending her first season at Georgia Southern University. As a freshman at GSU, she played in 12 matches for the Eagles, with a career high seven kills, hitting .385 against South Alabama. She also posted a career high eight digs against Coastal Carolina. McKenna plans to major in business when she attends NSU.
“McKenna is ready to make an immediate impact on our program as an outside who can do it all,” said Rosen. “She was looking for a place where she could make a difference and help a program achieve to its’ potential. I think we are a perfect fit for each other, as we share similar goals. McKenna already has experience at a very high level, she has a contagious positive attitude, and we can’t wait to have her on campus this fall.”
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