North Texas Volleyball Adds Four in Early Signing Period
Palileo Brings In Group Of Texas Natives With 2015 Class
DENTON - With the volleyball season reaching its end, head coach Andrew Palileo and staff have turned their sights towards next season and adding to a team that can compete for a Conference USA championship. Four Texas natives will keep their talents in-state when they join the program next fall: Hannah Shaw, Karley York, Jordyn Williams and Alex Janak.
"I believe this class will allow us to continue building a program that emphasizes a culture of success, and each of these players bring depth to their positions while also having the opportunity to compete right away," Palileo said. "Our staff did a great job of putting together a group that works hard in the classroom and on the court, and I look forward to training these student-athletes."
The newcomers will join a 2014 team that earned a trip to the C-USA semifinals en route to a 22-10 finish on the season. North Texas put together an impressive 10-game winning steak at the end of the season before falling to eventual conference champion WKU. The Mean Green will return 12 members of this year's squad.
Coach Palileo on Janak: "I'm excited to have Alex here at North Texas, she will provide depth in the setting position but also bring that competitive mind set in the gym. Alex plays with a lot of passion and understands the setting position and it's responsibilities very well."
Why Alex Chose North Texas: "I chose North Texas because I really love the coaches and their coaching styles. I couldn't see myself anywhere else!"
Coach Palileo on Williams: "Jordyn is an athletic middle blocker who has the potential to be really good here at North Texas. She has the physical tools needed to compete in this conference and with training and hard work Jordyn will contribute during the 2015 season".
Why Jordyn Chose North Texas: "I chose the University of North Texas because, although it may sound cliche, as soon as I saw the campus I knew it was the place I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. Meeting the coaching staff and team only solidified my decision. Also, I wanted to find a school that I would still want to attend if volleyball was not in the picture, and North Texas is one of the few places that offers my degree plan in fashion merchandising."
Coach Palileo on Shaw: "Hannah will be attending North Texas in the spring semester and will have the opportunity to compete right away in both the outside and right side positions. Her game translates well in our system because of her physicality and versatility in the front row. I love her competitiveness and her culture on the court and can't wait to get started in January."
Why Hannah Chose North Texas: "The academics were a huge part in choosing UNT. I plan to become a biomedical engineer, and finding a college that offered my undergraduate degree was incredible. On my tour I was able to have an extended talk with the Vijay Vaidyanathan, associate dean of UNT's College of Engineering, and he is going to serve as an invaluable connection to my major. His friendliness made a huge impact on how I perceived the College of Engineering and North Texas as a whole. The athletics seem to have a perfect balance of allowing time for academics while still upholding good athletic standards. The girls on the team seem intelligent, good-natured and generally hilarious. I look forward to my time at UNT."
Coach Palileo on York: "Karley will also be joining Hannah in the spring semester so she will have the opportunity to train and prepare for the fall season. Karley has a great feel for the game and plays every point like it's her last. Her passion and volleyball IQ will improve our match and practice culture immediately and I expect her to fit into this team really well. I'm excited to get into the gym with her and start training."
Why Karley Chose North Texas: "The decision on where to go to college is a very tough one, probably one of the toughest you make in your life. I knew right off the bat during my visit to UNT that this would be a place I would love. The environment, the people, the coaches, and the teammates are absolutely amazing. It would've been a bad choice on my part to pick anywhere else!"
2015 Early Signing Day