Buffs Add Pair To 2022 Signing Class
BOULDER – Colorado women's volleyball head coach Jesse Mahoney announced the addition of two student-athletes to the 2022 signing class Tuesday afternoon.
The team adds graduate transfer outside hitter Lexi Hadrych from UCLA and defensive specialist and libero signee Emma DeSensi from Louisville, Kent.
"We are very excited about the additions of Lexi and Emma to the Buff family and what is becoming a very deep and talented 2022 recruiting class," said Mahoney. "I'm confident that these young women will be great contributors our team's culture and competitive success."
Hadrych is a 6-1 outside hitter from Murrieta, Calif., and comes to CU as a redshirt senior. Hadrych redshirted coming out of high school where she was an AVCA/Under Armour Second Team All-American for Vista Murrieta High School and PrepVolleyball Senior Ace No.46. In 2019 she had a fantastic season and was third for UCLA with 2.04 kills per set, recording double-digit kills in six matches. She was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in late October when she had 10 kills against No.15 Cal and No.2 Stanford. Hadrych hit all her career-highs in 2019 with 15 kills on 27 attempts against Oregon State, six blocks against Oregon and a .391 hitting percentage against Washington State.
Following COVID, Hadrych played in 20 matches between the spring and fall seasons in 2021. She recorded a season-high seven kills against Portland State and had three aces and five blocks.
"As a grad transfer we are excited that Lexi chose to finish her career at Colorado, and especially excited that we will have her for two seasons," said Mahoney. "She is a high flyer with a great arm who has had experience playing both pins at UCLA - though we see her primarily as left-side attacker for us. Lexi's experience playing at a high level in the Pac-12 will be invaluable and we can't wait to get started working with her this summer."
DeSensi is a 5-6 defensive specialist/libero from Assumption High School in Louisville, Kent. As an underclassmen, DeSensi went 36-0 through her first two seasons. She helped increase the team's win totals as an upperclassman, going 49-9 including a 30-6 mark as a senior. She had 210 digs and 44 aces her senior season and was named to the All-District team.
DeSensi was a part of the KIVA club team that played in the 2018 AAU National Championship. Her club team won titles in the JVA Rock n Rumble Championships, Central Zones Invitational and Word Challenge in 2017 and 2018. They also won the MEDL Championships those years and in 2019.
She comes from a family of athletes that started with her grandfather William who played football at the University of Kentucky. Her father was a baseball player at Notre Dame and played in the minor leagues. She was recruited by Morehead State, Kent State, Appalachian State, Campbell, Ball State and UCSB.
DeSensi chose Colorado for its, "beautiful campus, the college experience she was looking for, a competitive atmosphere and welcoming coaching staff and players."
"We have a deep pool of libero/DS's on our roster and I think Emma will certainly add talent and a competitive edge to it," said Mahoney. "She is highly trained having come from Assumption and KIVA - two programs that emphasize technical ball control and defensive intensity. I expect Emma to thrive in our systems here at Colorado."