GREENSBORO N.C. – UNC Greensboro volleyball head coach Corey Carlin has announced the signing of Elayne Grisbee, Hannah Knier and Gabriela McHugh to NLIs.
Grisbee lettered for two years at Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas, where she earned 2018 first team all-district AVCA and a Under Armour All-American nomination. She led the district 14 6A in hitting percentage (.366) and total blocks (110). The 6-foot-3 middle blocker helped the Mustangs win the 2018 6A region 2 district 14 and was a 2018 6A region 2 area finalist. The Mustangs also were a 2017 6A region 3 district 17 co-champions and a 2017 6A region 3 district 17 area finalist.
"Elayne is a very versatile player and has the physical tools to be outstanding in our league,” Carlin said. “Although we see her in a specific role for our team, she has experience playing different positions at the net and has shown the ability to play well no matter where she is on the court. She will be a great addition to our program."
Knier lettered all four years at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in Petersborough, Ontario, where she was a team captain for three years and named the Female Athlete of the Year during her junior season in high school. The Winchester, Ontario, native competed for the Durham Rebels Volleyball Club for three years under Brandon Khan and played on the Team Ontario Elite twice.
"We are thrilled for Hannah to be joining our volleyball team,” Carlin said. “She has played at a very high level within the Canadian system, facing top competition. That experience, along with her physical talent and work ethic, should allow for a very smooth transition into the NCAA Division I level of play. She is a tremendous young lady that is capable of making a huge impact in our league."
McHugh lettered for four years at Angola High School in Angola, Indiana, where she set the all-time school record with 3,918 career assists. Last season, she was an all-conference member, KPC News Media All-Area, ICGSA First Team All-State, IHSVCA All-District and first team all-state, KPC News Media Co-Prep of the Year. The six-foot setter helped the Hornets to a 27-6 record as they were regular season and tournament conference champions during her senior year. It was the fourth straight year in which her school won the regular season title as well.
"Gabby brings a lot to the table,” Carlin said. “In addition to her high game IQ, she's also a very good athlete that can make dynamic moves on the court and play in a large range as a setter. Very few high school setters in the country have had the training she has had, working directly with one of the best setters in the world in her high school coach and former Olympian Lloy Ball. We're definitely looking forward to having her join us next fall."
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