Accomplished Newcomers Give Volleyball Punch In '09
DENTON, Texas (7/31/09) - The North Texas volleyball team returns a school-record 14 letterwinners to this year’s roster, but it’s a four-pack of newcomers that have the Mean Green ready to rebound in ‘09. NT welcomes two accomplished Division-I transfers, a 6-foot 3-inch freshman and a new coach that already owns the North Texas defensive record books.
Rachelle Wilson, Madison Barr and Brittany Brown represent one of the most potent incoming classes of head coach Cassie Headrick's 10 years at North Texas. All three come into August two-a-days with impressive resumes, and will be led by Jessica Hulsebosch, the newest coach to the Mean Green sidelines.
North Texas kicks off the 2009 season with the Mean Green Volleyball Classic on Aug. 28-29.
· Wilson, last year’s Co-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, leads a stellar incoming class to Denton after a standout season at Iona College. The Aledo, Texas, native led the Gaels down the stretch, finishing with the squad’s top hitting percentage (.286), which ranked fourth in the MAAC. Wilson’s 276 kills were also second at Iona and third in the conference, and her team-high 125 blocks were also the third most in the MAAC.
· Barr was a former Southlake Carroll All-District standout and made a name for herself at the Ohio Valley Conference’s Eastern Illinois. She ranked fourth on the team with 121 kills despite missing much of the season due to illness. Her 2.05 kills per set ranked second on the squad, and she also managed 51 digs and 16 total blocks. Barr led the Panthers in kills six times last year, including a season-best 13 versus Southeast Missouri and UT-Martin.
· Brown was named to the First-Team All-AVCT League last year after earning second-team honors as a junior at El Dorado High School in Kansas. At 6-foot 3-inches, Brown will bring an instant shot of size to the NT front line. She set the El Dorado High School records for kills (343) and aces (65) in a season, and lettered all four seasons in volleyball. A versatile two-sport star, she also was a standout on the El Dorado basketball team and was a member of her school’s honor roll.
· The new addition to the Mean Green coaching staff, Hulsebosch spent four years rewriting the record books as the greatest defensive player in North Texas volleyball history. Now as the newest Mean Green assistant coach, it’s Hulsebosch’s goal find her predecessor and bring NT a Sun Belt championship. Prospective players need only to look through the NCAA record books to see that Hulsebosch, 23, has the credentials to teach the game. She finished her career in 2007 with 2,212 career digs, which ranks 18th in NCAA history. As a matter of fact, the next closest North Texas player has 930 fewer digs. When it comes to defense, Hulsebosch owns the NT record books. She laid claim to the school records for single-match, season and career digs during her junior season. Her name is attached to seven of the top 10 single-match performances in NT history - including the five best – and she has a firm hold on the top three seasons as well.