It hasn't taken long for Princeton women's volleyball coach Sabrina King to turn some heads on the recruiting trail. Her first group of recruits, a talented set of five for the Princeton Class of 2016, earned High Honorable Mention by PrepVolleyball.com.
Coming off a second-place finish in the 2011 Ivy League season, Princeton volleyball will welcome Sarah Daschbach, Anne Ferlmann, Victoria Hammarskjold, Stephanie Marani and Kendall Peterkin. The five have combined for numerous athletic and academic honors, and they bring both talent and versatility to a program that loses a pair of graduated All-Ivy starters in Hillary Ford and Cathryn Quinn.
"Overall I am very happy with this recruiting class," King said "Above and beyond their talents on the court, they are all wonderful people and the kind of student-athletes that will be a pleasure to coach. I expect great things from this class, including natural leadership."
5-9 • OH/DS
Before Princeton - earned the "Athlete of Distinction Award," the highest athletic honor, at Sacred Heart Prep ... led team to West Bay Athletic League championship as a senior captain ... helped team to division titles in both 2009 and 2010 ... played for Vision 18 Gold, which was ranked first nationally by Prep Volleyball ... named San Jose Mercury News Senior of the Year in San Mateo County ... two-time first-team all-league honoree ... Prep Volleyball Academic All-America in 2011 ... led Sacred Heart in both kills and aces during junior and senior seasons ... two-time captain ... earned nine academic awards at Sacred Heart, including Physics Newton Award, Global Studies Award and Comparative Government Studies Award.
Personal - born Aug. 25, 1994 ... daughter of Mark and Liz Daschbach ... father is a commercial real estate agent; mother is a resident real estate agent ... has a younger brother Andrew ... enjoys reading, statistics and hiking.
Coach King's Take - "Sarah has a brilliant all around skill set. She can play anywhere on the court with a focus on serve receive and defense. The star of her high school team, but role player on her club team, she is adept at being the go-to hitter or the clutch player off the bench. Sarah's club team Vision 18 Gold has won every Jr. National Qualifier it has attended and has an almost perfect record for the season. They are ranked #1 entering the USVA Jr. Nationals later this month."
5-9 • DS/Lib.
Before Princeton - led Benet High to the 2011 Illinois state championship as captain and starting libero; team went 39-3 on the season ... named an AAU All-America; team finished as runner-up in 2011 AAU National Championship (18 Open) ... voted Benet Team Leader during championship season ... led team in aces and digs; holds school record in aces ... two-time team captain ... led Sports Performance Volleyball Club to 2010 Great Lakes Summer League championship ... 2012 Prep Volleyball first-team Academic All-America honoree ... 2012 Illinois State Scholar ... member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society.
Personal - born Oct. 11, 1993 ... daughter of James and Amanda Ferlmann ... father is a plastic surgeon ... has two older brothers, Jim and Drew ... enjoys swimming and running ... may study biology at Princeton.
Coach King's Take - "Annie is a workhorse and will vie for the open libero position. Annie is quick and fearless, and she has a natural touch on the ball. She has two years of experience playing for the most competitive club team in the Chicago area, Sports Performance 18 Elite, which is ranked No. 2 entering the upcoming AAU National Championships."
5-11 • S
Before Princeton - earned All-Inter Ac first-team honors and led The Agnes Irwin School to the Pennsylvania state title for independent schools ... three-year varsity starter and led team to an undefeated season as a senior ... earned Varsity Excellence Award in final two seasons ... multiple-time Academic Inter-Ac recipient ... all-county honoree ... team captain ... played three years for the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy ... member of the Cum Laude Society ... lettered in both tennis and lacrosse.
Personal - born March 27, 1994 ... daughter of Christian and Christine Hammarskjold ... father is a self-employed CEO and graduated in the Princeton Class of 1985; uncle Philip also graduated in Class of 1987 ... father rowed at Princeton and competed at the Olympic Trials ... has a younger sister Alexandra ... enjoys water and snow skiing, tennis and boating ... may study economics at Princeton.
Coach King's Take - "Victoria will help the depth in our setting personnel. She brings a strong block on the right side and the ability to use her reach to be an offensive threat as well as distributing the offense."
6-1 • MB
Before Princeton - earned all-state honors while leading Clarkston High to state semifinal and 56-6 record as a senior co-captain; team had never reached state semifinal before ... led team to two regional championships and three league/district championships; team reached state quarterfinal and went 48-4-1 during her junior season ... three-time all-league and two-time all-region selection ... two-time Team MVP ... selected for the Lakeshore Region High Performance team and played in the USA National HP Championships (2010) ... set five school records, including most blocks and best hitting percentage ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... Academic All-State ... National Honor Society ... played oboe in the top-ranked quintet in Michigan.
Personal - born Feb. 5, 1995 ... daughter of Blake and Ellen Marani ... father is a financial analyst; mother was a civil engineer, now a homemaker ... has a younger sister Kristen ... enjoys reading and playing the oboe ... may study math at Princeton.
Coach King's Take - "Stephanie could be a wildcard in this class. She has excellent potential with her long reach and quickness pin to pin. We will need to develop her strength, but she could contribute immediately at the middle blocker spot."
6-2 • OPP/MB
Before Princeton - earned 2011 All-America Highest Honorable Mention by PrepVolleyball.com ... earned all-state and academic all-state honors ... ranked 25th nationally among MBs in kills and 32nd in hitting ... led La Jolla Country Day to 2009 and 2010 CIF Division IV state championships ... led team to three regional and league championships ... won SCVA Southern California U-16 and U-17 championships ... placed in several USAC championship tournaments ... named captain and MVP for La Jolla Country Day ... 2011 Coastal League Player of the Year ... two-time first-team all-league ... two-time CIF All-San Diego Section honoree ... selected for the 2011 San Diego High School Sports Association All-Star Team ... competed on the SCVA High Performance Global Challenge Team; team played in Croatia, Italy and Montenegro) ... Academic All-America ... two-time San Diego Union-Tribune Academic Team honoree ... played club soccer four years.
Personal - born Feb. 5, 1994 ... daughter of Chris and Joanna ... father is a financial analyst; mother is a physician ... has a younger sister Devon ... enjoys rock climbing, playing the piano and cake decorating ... interested in working with animal welfare ... may study pre-med at Princeton.
Coach King's Take - "Kendall is going to make an immediate impact on our team and in the Ivy League. She plays for one of the top 18U club teams in the nation, and not only does she gets better every time I see her play, but her team is relying more and more on her as an offensive force. Kendall's potential is boundless and she will transition seamlessly to the college level."