New McPherson College women’s volleyball coach Jessica Cleveland has hit the ground running.
On Tuesday she announced the signings of four more players to join the Bulldogs for the 2016 season.
• Kaitlyn Haines — Cleveland went all the way to Oviedo, Fla., to sign Haines.
The 5-3 setter prepped at Hagerty High School, where she was a standout for the school’s first-ever district championship team. She also is a member of the OVA-TBVA Molten Red club team.
She is a member of the National Honor Society.
“Kaitlyn knows how to run an offense and direct traffic on the court,” Cleveland said. "She always betters the ball with smooth setter hands. Very happy to have her here in Kansas.”
• Sheresa Layton — Layton is a 5-7 outside hitter who played high school volleyball at Limon Public School in Colorado.
She recorded 159 digs, 80 assists, 66 kills, 32 blocks and 18 aces. She was an All-League selection. She also has played for the Eastern Plains volleyball club.
She is an art major.
“Sheresa's passion for volleyball is evident and we are excited to get her on the court in August," Cleveland said.
• Karli Rodriguez — Cleveland knows what Rodriguez can do as the 6-0 hitter played for her the past two years when she coached at Hesston College.
Rodriguez is originally from Denver, but played her high school volleyball at Harker Heights, Texas. She was named to the All-District Team there.
She was at Hesston the last two years, though she had ACL surgery last season, which was one reason she flew under the recruiting radar.
“I'm looking forward to continue coaching Karli for her last two years as a transfer from Hesston," Cleveland said. "She had an ACL surgery last season and I look forward to getting her back on the court. She is a dynamic player at the net and a passionate team leader."
She will major in graphic art design.
• Chandler Youngs — Youngs is another Colorado native who is crossing the state line to play for the Bulldogs.
The 5-7 defensive specialist played at Northridge High School. She was District 6 Player of the Week, earned All-Conference honors and was given an Impact Athlete honor. She is second on the school’s all-time digs list.
She will major in teacher education.
“Chandler's spunky personality and always smiling face will keep court dynamics fun," Cleveland said. "She reads the ball well in the back row with a solid platform.”