USC Women’s Volleyball Signs Three Additions to 2022 Fall Roster
LOS ANGELES – The USC women's volleyball team will add opposite hitter Madison Pietsch (San Carlos, Calif./Saint Francis HS), outside hitter/defensive specialist Dani Thomas-Nathan (Burbank, Calif./La Salle HS), and libero/defensive specialist Megan Verbiest (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Marymount HS) to its 2022 roster head coach Brad Keller announced on Monday, April 25.
A 6-2 opposite hitter from Rage Westside Volleyball Club, Pietsch was named to the 2021 AVCA All-America Watch List and was an UnderArmour All-America nominee. She was also a USAV National Team Development Program invitee and is a two-time All-West Catholic League first-team choice. Pietsch was tabbed as a PrepVolleyball Sophomore 79 selection and was named to the Class of 2022 Watch List and the 2020 AVCA Phenom List. In 2019, Pietsch was chosen to the Cal Hi Sports All-State sophomore team. She is a two-time Saint Francis HS Scholar-Athlete Award winner and a three-time honor roll student.
"We are excited to welcome Madison to our program," said Keller. "She is an explosive left-handed opposite hitter who can play the entire game, can terminate at will, and is the type of competitor that gives us a different angle on the court. In addition to her skills and heavy arm, her personality, drive, and positive energy are coveted traits in any student-athlete and especially valuable to us as we continue to build this program."
Thomas-Nathan is a 6-0 outside hitter and defensive specialist who played for Sunshine Volleyball Club. She helped her club to the 2021 Girls Junior National Championship 17 Open title and was named to the all-tournament team. Thomas-Nathan was a 2021 UnderArmour All-America nominee and was tabbed for the 2020 AVCA Phenom list, the Ultra Ankle JVA list, and was a Triple Crown silver medal winner. Early on, she was part of the USAV A1 Training Program and won several gold medals with her clubs. As a senior, Thomas-Nathan was named one of the top 25 CIF players and was chosen as the Del Rey League MVP and was lauded to the CIF-Southern Section Team.
"We are thrilled to have Dani join the Trojan Family," said Keller. "She brings so much to the table both on and off the court. Dani has such an infectiously positive attitude and a drive that fits our team culture and dynamic. She is a talented hitter with one of the best arms and platforms in this class, and we expect she will arrive on campus and have an immediate impact on our program."
A 5-6 libero and defensive specialist, Verbiest played for Sunshine Volleyball Club and was named both a MaxPreps and PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American. She helped Marymount HS reach the No. 1 national ranking and was instrumental in helping the Sailors capture the national championship and the California state championship. With Verbiest Marymount was chosen as Volleyball Magazine's National High School Team of the Year in 2021.
"We are so fortunate to be able to bring a student-athlete like Megan to USC," said Keller. "She has such a relentless passion, drive, and work ethic. On the court, she has one of the best platforms in the game and plays the sport with such attitude. Megan fits exactly what we look for in future Trojans. I think she is poised to impact our program both on and off the court in great ways."
Last year, the Women of Troy (15-15, 10-10 Pac-12) finished in seventh place in the final Pac-12 standings. Under second-year head coach Brad Keller, the Trojans signed the nation's top-ranked incoming class of recruits according to PrepVolleyball.com, which includes Adonia Faumuina (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS), Jordan Middleton (Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton HS), Gala Trubint (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch HS) and Rylie McGinest (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS).
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