Palileo Adds Four In Early Signing Period
Four Texas Products Add Chemistry, Depth
DENTON - North Texas head volleyball coach Andrew Palileo announced four signees for the 2018 recruiting class on Tuesday. Chemistry will play a large role in the integration of this class as all four signees hail from the Lone Star State, increasing the number of Texans on the 2018 team to 13.
“This class has the opportunity to come in as a core group and make an impact on our program,” Palileo said. “I think they will continue what this year’s seniors started and will fit in great with the returners.”
The Mean Green add Kylie Brown and Emily Fry of Austin Performance Volleyball, the same club team that produced freshman middle blocker Miranda Youmans. Rhett Robinson is a star for Krum High School, who knocked freshman outside hitter Barbara Teakell’s Celina teams out of the playoffs in Teakell’s final two seasons.
“It can only help,” Palileo said on the preexisting relationships. “They play a lot of volleyball between their club and high school. It’ll help us a lot chemistry-wise.”
Kylie Brown, Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock, Texas
Brown is a three-year letterwinner at Cedar Ridge High School under head coach Kim Fuller. The 5-foot-9-inch setter holds school records in career aces (139), career kills (1,200), single-season kills (490) and single-match kills (21). A two-time All-District 13-6A selection, Brown was named All-Central Texas and the 2016 District 13-6A Most Valuable Setter. In 2017, she was named to the AVCA Under Armour All-America Watch List. Brown competes with Austin Performance Volleyball at the club level under head coach Mark Herrin.
Palileo on Brown: “Kylie’s been setting at a high level and she’s played on really good teams. Coming in early in January will help her progress slowly without the pressures of the fall season. Karley and Alex will do a good job of mentoring her and getting her to understand what I like so she’ll be ready to compete in the fall. I think it’s mostly a learning time for her in the spring. I like her setting and her soft hands, and she’s a really good defensive setter.”
Emily Fry, Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park, Texas
Fry is a two-year letterwinner at Cedar Park High School under head coach Rachel Altman. The 6-foot middle blocker helped the Timberwolves to a 42-12 record and a Class 6A state championship appearance in 2016. Fry is tied for the team lead with 73 solo blocks in 2017 and ranks second on the squad in aces (30). She also competes with Austin Performance Volleyball under head coach Mark Herrin.
Palileo on Fry: “Emily’s one of those middles that will get the opportunity to challenge for some of the openings we have. She’ll provide us some depth at that position and a little bit of size as well. She does some things well that I think will balance out some of the things we don’t do as well in the middle, and I’m looking forward to working with her and getting her better in those moments.”
Sarah Haeussler, Aledo High School, Willow Park, Texas
Haeussler is a three-year letterwinner at Aledo High School under head coach Claire Gay. The 6-foot-1-inch middle blocker led the Wildcats to three-straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the Class 5A state semifinals in 2017. A 2017 TAVC All-Texas Preseason Watch list member, Hauessler is a two-time All-District 6-5A selection. She leads all of 5A in block assists (164) and total blocks (201) and ranks second with a .401 hit percentage. Hauessler competes with TAV 18 Black in Carrollton under head coach John Sample.
Palileo on Haeussler: “Sarah will continue to give us size in the middle. She’s a really experienced middle, and that’s what we’re going to need if she’s going to have the opportunity to come in and play right away. She does a lot of things well. She has really good natural blocking instincts and does a good job of running things we do in our system. We just have to get her better at it, and we’ll progress her along and teach her as fast as we can. I’m really excited for what she’s going to be able to bring to the team as far as her personality, her character and level of play.”
Rhett Robinson, Krum High School, Krum, Texas
Robinson is a four-year letterwinner at Krum High School under head coach Lynn Larson. The 5-foot-11-inch middle blocker helped the Bobcats to three consecutive trips to at least the regional semifinals and regional final appearance in 2017. Robinson has a history against North Texas freshman Barbara Teakell as Krum was 5-0 against Celina High School, including bouncing them from the UIL Playoffs in Teakell’s final two seasons. A two-time All-District 9-4A honoree, Robinson ranks first among Class 4A in kills (629). She competes with North Point at the club level under Palileo.
Palileo on Robinson: “Rhett is another one who will have the opportunity to come in and play right away. We’ll see how she comes in, but I suspect she’ll continue to work hard. She’s one of those positionless players in the front row that I look for. She’ll be able to play outside, middle and right-side equally well. She’ll provide depth and athleticism to each position that we’ll need to have to continue the success we had this season.”