Auburn Volleyball Inks Four in Early Signing Period

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Nov. 14, 2013


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AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball team received National Letters of Intent and financial aid agreements from four players this week that will join the Tigers for the 2014 season, head coach Rick Nold announced Thursday.

Nold and his staff of assistants Eysha Ambler and Kris Grunwald will welcome incoming freshmen Courtney Crable (6-1, Outside Hitter, Louisville, Ky.), Alexa Filley (5-9, Setter, Louisville, Ky.), Macy Reece (6-2, Middle Blocker, Hendersonville, Tenn.) and Kelly Stewart (5-6, Libero, Tomball, Texas) to the Auburn family next fall.

"With our big senior class this year, we had a lot of needs we needed to address," Nold said. "We feel like we've done that. We've still got a little ways to go to finish it up, but we felt like we needed to bring someone in at each position that could come right in and have an impact right away. It's a good group that meets a lot of different needs. We're getting a group that has a lot of experience and some kids that have won at a high level. I think they are prepared to be a big help to us next year and down the road."

Information on the four Auburn signees is below:

Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-1
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Mercy Academy
Club: Kentucky-Indiana Volleyball Association (KIVA)

Highlights: Named a 2013-14 Under Armour First-Team All-American ... 2013 Kentucky "Miss Volleyball" ... 2012 Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year ... 2010 ESPNRise National Freshman of the Year ... 2011, 2012, 2013 all-state selection ... 2012, 2013 regional player of the year ... School record-holder in kills ... Led Mercy Academy to four-straight district and regional titles ... Mercy was 38-2 this year and advanced to state semifinal, where they fell to eventual state champion Assumption and fellow Auburn signee Alexa Filley in five sets.

Coach Nold on Courtney: "Courtney has had a great senior year. She is a six-rotation outside hitter that's going to be able to put pressure on teams with a great block and serve as well. She's someone that can come in and impact the game in a lot of ways."

Position: Setter
Height: 5-9
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High School: Assumption
Club: Kentucky-Indiana Volleyball Association (KIVA)

Highlights: Named a 2013-14 Under Armour Second-Team All-American ... Named to National Gatorade Player of the Year Watch List ... Ranked 40th among PrepVolleyball.com's "Senior Aces" ... Ranked 20th among seniors nationally by Student Sports Volleyball ... 2013 MaxPreps.com Preseason All-American ... Led Assumption High School to four straight Kentucky state titles ... Assumption was ranked as No. 1 team in the nation in preseason ... Won five-set match against rival Mercy Academy and fellow Auburn signee Courtney Crable in state semifinals ... Was named MVP of state tournament in 2012 and 2013 ... 2012, 2013 first-team all-state selection ... USA High Performance Select A1 Team in 2010 and 2011 ... Had 1,238 assists, 332 digs and 54 blocks during her senior season.

Coach Nold on Alexa: "Alexa is a very experienced setter that can hit the pass and do a little bit of everything. We expect her to come in and really give us an offensive presence at the position as well as maybe being one of the best defensive setters in the country right now."

Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-2
Hometown: Hendersonville, Tenn.
High School: Goodpasture Christian School
Club: Alliance Volleyball Club

Highlights: Named to 2013-14 Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America Team ... Led Goodpasture to back-to-back Tennessee state titles in 2012 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2011 ... 2013 State Tournament MVP ... Helped Goodpasture to 82 consecutive wins in 2012 and 2013, a Tennessee state record ... Team went 50-0 in 2013, the first undefeated season by a Tennessee high school since 1977 ... 2011, 2012, 2013 all-state selection ... Nominated for Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 ... Team captain as a senior ... Helped Alliance Volleyball Club to four-straight national top-25 finishes ... Hit .612 as a senior, best in Tennessee and second-best nationally, according to MaxPreps.com ... Had 199 solo blocks in 2013, ranking top-10 nationally ... Owns high school career records for kills, blocks, aces and hitting percentage ... Both parents, Steve and Dana, played basketball at Vanderbilt, and her sister, Taylor, plays basketball at Samford.

Coach Nold on Macy: "Macy is someone we started watching early. She's a super hard worker, she's a very good athlete, and we think that right now is when she's really starting to develop the most. We expect her to come in and give us some firepower at the middle position, and she's also a great blocker."

Position: Libero
Height: 5-6
Hometown: Tomball, Texas
High School: St. Pius X
Club: Houston Juniors 18 Elite

Highlights: Helped St. Pius X High School to district titles in 2010 and 2011 ... Was ranked #81 among Senior Aces by PrepVolleyball.com ... Also named an All-American first-team libero by PrepVolleyball.com ... Named to LoneStarVolleyball.com All-Texas Team ... Is one of seven siblings ... Will be the first in her family to not attend Texas A&M ... Her brother, Kohl, was the No. 4 overall selection in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Coach Nold on Kelly: "Kelly is an outstanding defensive player and a great athlete. She comes from a very athletic family, she's got great ball control, she's a very good leader, and I really think she will come in and help our depth at that position."