Youth Roster Finalized for 2015 Volleyball Festival

February 20, 2015

Indianapolis, IN – The U.S.A. Deaf Volleyball Youth Program finalized its 9-player roster that will be used for the Volleyball Festival set for June 26-28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Volleyball Festival

Youth Volleyball Festival

The USA Deaf Volleyball staff selected middle hitters Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md./Maryland SD), Shua Clay (Pembroke Pines, Fl./Florida SD) and Megan Lockner (Orlando, Fl./Florida SD). Outside/opposites hitters selected for the U-18 roster are Raelyn Fuechtmann (South St. Paul, Mn./Indiana SD), Jamilee Hoglind(Fishers, In./Indiana SD), Karita Lewis (Frederick, Md./Maryland SD) and Alana Smith (Riverside, Ca./California SD, Riverside).

The setter in this exclusive group is Brooke Bonheyo (Frederick, Md./Maryland SD). The defense will be anchored by libero Isabella Paulone (Fishers, In./Indiana SD.)

Members of the U-18 squad are familiar with each other, having played together at the Deaf Elite Volleyball Camp last summer. Many of these players also faced each other last fall in interscholastic play.

Ann Whited returns as head coach of the U-18 squad. Whited is fresh off a successful campaign as graduate assistant of the NCAA Division 3 Gallaudet University volleyball team that won the 2014 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship. Whited will be assisted by Dyan Kovacs, a three-time Deaflympian who brings a wealth of collegiate and international experience to the staff.

The squad will gather to train in Phoenix before Festival play commences. More information on USA Deaf Volleyball can be found at http://www.usdeafsports.org/volleyball/. Details about the Volleyball Festival can be found at http://www.volleyball-festival.com/. Press inquiries and questions about the USA Deaf Volleyball U-18 squad should be directed to Team Leader Stacy Nowak at thenowak@gmail.com.

2015 U.S.A. Deaf Volleyball U-18 Squad

Player Position Grad Year Hometown School
Bonheyo, Brooke S 2017 Frederick, Maryland Maryland School for the Deaf
Clay, Shua MH 2015 Pembroke Pines, Florida Florida School for the Deaf
Daniels, Adele MH/OP 2016 Frederick, Maryland Maryland School for the Deaf
Fuechtmann, Raelyn OH 2015 South St. Paul, Minnesota Indiana School for the Deaf
Hoglind, Jamilee OH 2015 Fishers, Indiana Indiana School for the Deaf
Lewis, Karita OH 2017 Frederick, Maryland Maryland School for the Deaf
Lockner, Megan MH/OP 2017 Orlando, Florida Florida School for the Deaf
Paulone, Isabella L 2017 Fishers, Indiana Indiana School for the Deaf
Smith, Alana OH 2015 Riverside, California California School for the Deaf, Riverside

Head Coach: Ann Whited
Assistant Coach: Dyan Kovacs
Team Leader: Stacy Nowak
Team Financial Coordinator: Brian Bippus

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