Top Junior Signs With Women's Volleyball

Nov. 14, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Stacy Venski of California City, Calif. -- one of the nation's top junior level women's volleyball players -- has signed a letter of intent with USC, head coach Mick Haley announced today.

'We're extremely excited about getting another top recruit to join our program,' said Haley, who has seen the last two USC recruiting classes (1999 & 2000) ranked No. 1 nationally by Volleyball magazine. 'Stacy Venski is the best young player out there and she will be a perfect replacement after we lose our one senior, All-American middle blocker Jennifer Pahl, at the end of this season.'

Venski, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, was a varsity letterwinner at Mojave (Calif.) High as a 1998 freshman and 1999 sophomore. She was honored as a two-time first team all-league selection while leading her team to a second-place finish in the High Desert League. Following her sophomore year, she was selected to play with the U.S.A. Youth National Team which finished second at the 1999 NORCECA Tournament.

After transferring to Calabasas (Calif.) High in 2000, Venski chose to spend her junior year training only with her club volleyball team - Thunder Mizuno in Reseda, Calif. The team placed eighth at the annual Davis Cup. The following year she was selected to compete with the U.S.A. Junior National Team which advanced to the 2000 World Championships.

Venski spent her senior year competing with the Southern California Volleyball Club in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Venski has also excelled in the classroom, as she entered her senior year with a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

'We feel very confident in her abilities because she has been trained well by her club coaches,' said Haley. 'She is capable of playing left, middle or opposite and gives us great height and versatility. Stacy will matchup with our system perfectly.'

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