Women's Volleyball Signs Nation's Top Prep Players
Nov. 13, 2003
LOS ANGELES -- Four of the nation's top high school women's volleyball players, and one junior college standout -- Diane Copenhagen and Jessica Gysin of St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif., Sarah Florian of St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio, Katelyn Bishop of Terre Haute (Ind.) South High, and setter Nevena Siljegovic of Moorpark (Calif.) College -- have signed letters of intent with USC, giving the Women of Troy perhaps the country's top recruiting class, head coach Mick Haley announced today.
'I'm very excited because this is a group of very skilled and very talented players who have all enjoyed a lot of success so far in their careers,' said Haley, who is currently in his third season at Troy. 'We think this could be the best recruiting class in the country.'
Of the five players, three (Copenhagen, Florian and Bishop) competed with the U.S.A. Youth National Team at the 2003 World Championships held in Poland last summer and helped guide the U.S. to a fourth-place finish.
'All of these players have led their high school and club teams to great results, in addition to having experience at the Youth and Junior National levels,' said Haley. 'They will fill in nicely for the athletes we will lose this season.'
Copenhagen, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker/opposite hitter, and Gysin, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, helped lead their team to last year's mythical national championship with a 33-1 record. Cophenhagen was named the 2002 CIF Division II Championships MVP, while Gysin was honored as the 2002 CIF Division II State Player of the Year. Both athletes play for the Vision club volleyball team and led Vision to a fifth-place finish at the 2002 Junior Olympics.
Florian, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, has her prep team currently ranked No. 2 in the state of Ohio and seventh nationally. A three-time All-Ohio state selection, Florian has led St. Ursula to an impressive 106-7 record, four City League Championships (including 2003) and four state semifinal appearances during her four years. She currently plays for the Toledo Volleyball Club.
A 6-foot-2 middle blocker/opposite hitter, Bishop has not only helped her volleyball team advance to the state regional finals the last two seasons, she also led Terre Haute South to the 2002 Class 4A state championships in basketball. Bishop was a volleyball all-state and all-county selection in 2002. She plays on the Circle City Volleyball Club.
A junior college transfer, the 5-foot-10 Siljegovic is a native of Yugoslavia who prepped at Royal High in Simi Valley, Calif. She led Moorpark to the 2002 Western State Conference Championship and a fourth-place finish at the California Junior College Championships.