First Year Head Coach Sasha Karelov Announces 2022 Recruiting Class

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By: Pam LaFosse

LAKE CHARLES– McNeese initial year head volleyball coach Sasha Karelov has introduced her first recruiting course as well as its one that includes 6 transfers and also two freshers.

” I am thrilled to be including this group of freshers as well as transfers to our program this fall,” claimed head trainer Sasha Karelov. “Not only are they talented and also high-achieving, however they are additionally such amazing individuals off the court. They will play a huge part in changing the culture in this new period of McNeese Beach ball.”

The newbies include Carlee Brooks (Raleigh, N.C./ Western Carolina), Nejra Hanic (Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina/Little Rock), Sanni Rantanen (Tampere, Finland/Kuortane HS), Dejah Dade (Corona, CA./ UC-Riverside), Raina McWhirter (Montgomery, Texas/Palm Beach Atlantic), Nadia Manitzas (San Antonio, Texas/St. Mary’s), Mia Perales (San Antonio, Texas/UTSA), as well as Meagan Mayfield (Baytown, Texas/Barbers Hill HS).

CARLEE BROOKS– 6-1, SOPH., MIDDLE BLOCKER– RALEIGH, N.C. (WESTERN CAROLINA).
In her very first playing period with the Catamounts in 2021, Brooks played in five matches as well as gathered 7 kills, and 7 blocks … went to Wake Woodland High for her final 2 prep seasons … began her senior high school job as a standout at Knightdale Secondary school where she established the program record in obstructing with 83 complete blocks…three-time all-conference player … additionally played basketball as well as softball … comes from an extremely sports household as her parents played football, basketball, softball, and also beach ball … played club volleyball for Triangular Volleyball Club.

” Carlee fasts off the ground striking and also an active blocker. She dipped into the same club I played for and I know she loves to complete.”.

NEJRA HANIC– 6-0, JR., OUTSIDE PLAYER– SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (LITTLE ROCK).
Hanic played 2 seasons at Arkansas-Little Rock where she played in 45 matches … she hit.153 in while with the Trojan with 1.93 kills as well as 2.16 factors per collection … In 2 her two periods at Little Rock, she amounted to 255 kills, 44 digs, 49 blocks (4 solo) and 284.5 points … put down a career-high 19 kills and also 20.5 points against Troy (10/1/2021) … signed up a career-high five blocks against ULM (10/29/2021) … Graduated in the leading 15 percent of her high school course … Played club at okay Novi Grad … Led her club group to first place at the International Tournament in Makarska where she declared the private reward along with top place at the International Event in Sarajevo where she was called MVP … Guided her club group to a third location surface at the National Youth Competition.

” Nejra has a rapid arm and can score on the left-side and also right-side. I’m thrilled to aid establish her all-around game.”.

SANNI RANTANEN– 6-3, FR., MIDDLE BLOCKER– TAMPERE, FINLAND (KUORTANE SPORTS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL).
Participant of the U16, U18, u17, and also u19 championship groups … Bet the Mestaruusliiga Champ Organization her senior period (2020) where she was called Most Prized possession Player … Member of the U19 Nevza Northern European Champion Gold Medal Group … Member of the U18 Finnish Champion Gold Medal Team … Northern European U17 Nevza Gold Medal Team … Participant of the U17 Champion Team that got approved for the Finnish National Team … Member of the U17 Nevza Northern European Champion Bronze Medal Group … Participant of the U17 Dream team … Participant of the U16 Silver Medal Finnish Championship Team … Member of the U16 Nevza Northern Championship Gold Medal Group.

” Sanni brings a ton of worldwide experience to our fitness center. She has a calmness, fully grown attitude in addition to great court vision and also a fluid arm swing.”.

DEJAH DADE– 5-10, FR., SETTER, CORONA, CA. (UC-RIVERSIDE).
Played three seasons at UC-Riverside where she played in 62 matches as well as dispensed 711 assists including over 300 in each of the last 2 periods … Dished out a profession high 39 assists against Cal-Baptist her sophomore period where she balanced 6.18 aids per collection … Was second on the group in assists the last 2 seasons … Graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in 2018.

” Dejah has 4 years of experience setting and hitting in the Big West. She’s an excellent communicator and also a talented athlete. She will undoubtably make our gym better.”.

RAINA McWHIRTER– 5-9, SOPH., SETTER, MONTGOMERY, TEXAS (HAND BEACH ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY).
Attended Hand Coastline Atlantic College in 2021 where she saw activity in two suits … Tape-recorded a help in each gain Florida Tech (Oct. 9) and also West Georgia (Oct. 22) … Grad of Montgomery (Texas) High … participant of the National Honor Culture … gained Academic All-District as well as Academic All-State honors … called group MVP her senior period … gained all-district most useful setter her final year after being all-district junior varsity as a junior … called to the 5A All-State team in 2020 … won the 2018 Homeschool Championship Game.

” Raina is a vibrant setter with the drive to be the most effective in everything she does. She ‘s a natural leader as well as makes every person around her much better.”.

NADIA MANITZAS– 5-4, JR., LIBERO, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY).
Gone to St. Mary’s in San Antonio, Texas for two seasons where she was 3rd on the group with 23 solution aces and also fourth with 192 digs for an average of 2.18 per established her student period … linked for the team lead with 12 solution aces and balanced 1.97 digs per collection as a Freshman … called to the Lone Star Springtime Commissioner’s Honor Roll twice … was a three-time All-District choice at Reagan High (San Antonio) … helped lead the Rattlers to back-to-back Co-District Championships … finished Cum Laude.

” Nadia’s platform is calm and she proceeds the court effortlessly. Her bubbly character as well as capacity to get in touch with others will certainly be great for our society.”.

MIA PERALES– 5-6, GR., SETTER, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (UTSA).
Gone to UTSA for 4 years … as a senior with the Roadrunners, she played in 70 collections … 3rd on the team with 179 digs for approximately 2.56 per collection, 18 helps as well as 14 solution aces … recorded 10 or even more digs in eight suits including 10 or more in her last 4 matches of the season … tape-recorded a season high 23 digs against La. Technology and a season high three solution aces against North Texas … attended Antonian University Prep Senior High School … a three-time all-district selection … led team to the second round of the playoffs as a student and to the final 4 as a junior … had 376 digs and 766 helps as a junior … called to the academic honor roll and also academic all-state.

” Mia has 4 years of experience setup as well as protecting in Conference-USA. She plays several of the very best right-back protection I have actually seen and also has a high beach ball IQ.”.

MEAGAN MAYFIELD– 5-10, FR., MIDDLE BLOCKER/OPPOSITE, BAYTOWN, TEXAS (BARBERS HILLSIDE HS).
Attended Barbers Hillside High where she a four year leatterwinner … member of three district champion groups … 2 time All-District … two-time All-Academic … as a senior, she was the 2021 Baytown Sun Area’s MVP, 2021 AVCA All-America watchlist, 2021 GHVCA Post-Season Academic Team, 2021 GHCVA Post-Season Team, 2021 THSCA Academic All-State, 2021 Area MVP, was among the 2021 Houston Location standout Center Blockers … selected to the SETCA All-Star Video game … likewise was a member of the track team where she holds the college high jump record with a dive of 5′ 7″ … three-time district champ … area, local, and also state qualifier.

” Meagan leaps well and also has the prospective to play various settings for us. Her focus to information and also coachability is unmatched.”.

” I am delighted to be including this group of freshmen and transfers to our program this fall,” stated head instructor Sasha Karelov. They will certainly play a huge component in changing the society in this brand-new era of McNeese Volley ball.”

/ UC-Riverside), Raina McWhirter (Montgomery, Texas/Palm Coastline Atlantic), Nadia Manitzas (San Antonio, Texas/St. Mary’s), Mia Perales (San Antonio, Texas/UTSA), as well as Meagan Mayfield (Baytown, Texas/Barbers Hill HS).

” Dejah has four years of experience setup and also striking in the Big West.

2022 McNeese Volleyball Newcomers
Carlee Brooks- 6-1, Soph., Middle Blocker, Raleigh, N.C. (Western Carolina)
Nejra Hanic- 6-0, Jr., Outside Hitter, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Little Rock)
Sanni Rantanen- 6-3, Fr., Middle Blocker, Tampere, Finland (Kuortane HS)
Dejah Dade- 5-10, Sr., Setter, Corona, CA. (UC-Riverside)
Raina McWhirter- 5-9, Soph., Setter, Montgomery, Texas (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Nadia Manitzas- 5-4, Jr., Libero, San Antonio, Texas (St. Mary’s University)
Mia Perales- 5-6, Gr., Setter, San Antonio, Texas (UTSA)
Meagan Mayfield- 5-10, Fr., Middle Blocker/Opposite, Baytown, Texas (Barbers Hill HS)

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