Women's Volleyball Announces 2010 Freshman Class
May 20, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Head coach John Dunning has announced the five freshmen that will join the team this fall and help it contend for a fifth consecutive Pac-10 championship and the program's seventh NCAA title. Lydia Bai (Tustin, Calif.), Mary Luck (Houston, Texas), Rachel Williams (San Jose, Calif.), and twins Carly and Sam Wopat (Goleta, Calif.) will join nine Cardinal veterans to form the 2010 Stanford team.
Bai is a 6-2 outside hitter from Tustin, Calif., where she was a First Team All-Pacific League selection all four years at Arnold O. Beckman High School. As four-year captain, Bai earned First Team All-CIF honors as a junior and senior, and was named the MVP of the Pacific League in 2009. She competed with the United States Youth National Team at the N.O.R.C.E.C.A. Championships in Puerto Rico in 2008 and was a part of the 18-Open Junior Olympics team that finished first that year. Bai will be an asset as she can hit and block on either the left or right side for the Cardinal. She is the daughter of Jenny Lang Ping, who was a member of the Chinese National Team that won gold in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She also helped coach the USA to a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Luck, a three-year letterwinner at Stratford High School in Houston, Texas, is a 5-10 defensive specialist/outside hitter. During her prep career, she helped lead her team to two District 18-5A Championships and a Regional Final in 2009. She was the District 18-5A MVP and earned All-State honors in 2009. As a junior in 2008, Luck was named the District 18-5A Most Valuable Hitter. She participated in the Texas All-Star Game with the East as a senior in 2009. She also competed with her club team, the Texas Elite Volleyball Club, in the Junior Olympics in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
Williams is considered one of the top-three recruits in her class, listed as the No. 3 Senior Ace. The 6-0 outside hitter hails from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., where she was the 2009 California Gatorade Player of the Year. She led her team to back-to-back national championships and CIF State titles in 2008 and 2009. She is also the Volleyball Magazine and Max Preps national high school Player of the Year. Williams, a first team AVCA high school All-American, has won several tournament MVP, all-league and CIF honors during her prep career. She plays for Vision Volleyball Club, which has finished third at the last two Junior Olympics.
Carly Wopat is Stanford's second top-five recruit, listed as the No. 4 Senior Ace. The 6-2 middle blocker from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, Calif., led her team to the 2009 CIF Southern Section Championship. The Chargers won consecutive Channel League titles during her junior and senior seasons in which Carly was named the league MVP and was a finalist for the California Gatorade Player of the Year award. In 2009, she garnered All-American honors from PrepVolleyball and Volleyball Magazine. A member of the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club, Carly also competed for the U.S. Youth National Team from 2007-09, winning gold with Bai at the N.O.R.C.E.C.A. Championships in Puerto Rico.
Sam Wopat, who was deemed the No. 40 Senior Ace, is a 6-1 outside hitter from Dos Pueblos High School. A four-year letterwinner, she helped lead the Chargers to the 2009 CIF Southern Section Championship and two Channel League titles. A two-time All-Channel League First Team pick, Sam led her team in kills and aces as a senior in 2009. She is also a two-time CIF Southern Section First Team honoree and a PrepVolleyball high school All-American. Sam earned Second Team All-America honors from Volleyball Magazine. Sam also competed for the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club and the 2009 U.S. Youth National Team.
In addition to the five newcomers, the 2010 Stanford squad will include three returning All-Americans - libero Gabi Ailes, outside hitter Alix Klineman and setter/hitter Cassidy Lichtman. The returning starters will also include middle blocker/outside hitter Stephanie Browne, setter Karissa Cook and middle blocker Jessica Walker. Sophomores Hannah Benjamin, Charlotte Brown and Hayley Spelman will round out the roster.