April 26, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn volleyball team will add a third newcomer to the roster for the 2012 season as Halle Kearney, a transfer from West Virginia, will join the Tigers this fall, Head Coach Rick Nold announced Thursday.
"We are excited to add Halle to our incoming class of 2012," Nold said. "Halle will add diversity to our outside hitting positions and allow us to attack teams in many different ways."
Kearney, a 6-3 opposite hitter from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, will be a sophomore for Auburn this fall after playing in 15 matches for the Mountaineers last season. She played a total of 51 sets in those matches, amassing 123 kills (2.41/set) to rank fifth on the team; her kills total led the team before she missed the final seven matches of the season with injury.
She recorded a season-high 22 kills on 45 attacks with a .311 hitting percentage in WVU's loss to Valparaiso, and she posted her career-high in blocks with four against Houston in early-season play last year. She led the team with 11 kills in her first Big East match against Rutgers.
In her prep career, Kearney helped lead Magnificat High School to three straight district titles and a berth in the Ohio state final four as a senior. Her team was also ranked in the nation's top 50 according to PrepVolleyball.com, and her club team, Maverick ACE, was also a top-50 national program.
She was named one of "Top 25 Northeastern Ohio Players to Watch" in 2011 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and she was a second-team All-Ohio selection as a senior.
Kearney will be the third newcomer added to the Tiger roster in August. She joins incoming freshmen Ciara Richards and Mary Hannah Arrington as Auburn signees for the upcoming season.