Nov. 15, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn volleyball team received National Letters of Intent and financial aid agreements from three players this week that will join the Tigers for the 2013 season, Head Coach Rick Nold announced Thursday.
Nold and his staff of assistants Eysha Ambler and Kris Grunwald will welcome incoming freshmen Kia Bright (5-11, Outside Hitter, Starke, Fla.), Stephanie Campbell (6-2, Middle Blocker, Wildwood, Mo.) and Emily Klitzke (6-2, Middle Blocker, Shawano, Wis.) to the Auburn family for the 2013 season. Bright will enroll at Auburn in January while Campbell and Klitzke will join the Tigers for the fall semester.
"We're really excited to add Kia, Stephanie and Emily to the Auburn volleyball family," Nold said. "Along with being great athletes, they are all excellent students, and they will represent Auburn quite well both on and off the court. Each of them meets the needs that we identified looking ahead to next year and to the future. All three add athleticism to our team and provide versatility that we will need to compete for an SEC Championship."
Information on all three Auburn signees is below:
Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Starke, Fla.
High School: Orange Park
Club: Jacksonville Juniors
Highlights: Ranked No. 99 among 2013 prospects by PrepVolleyball.com ... Helped Orange Park to a district title in 2012 ... Named Florida's MaxPreps Player of the Week (9/3)... Finished senior season with 450 kills (5.1/set), 243 digs, 85 aces and 36 blocks ... Named Team Co-MVP as a junior, along with selections as district player of the year and selections to the all-conference and all-First Coast teams ... Also team MVP of her varsity girls basketball team in 2010-11 and named to the Gainesville Sun All-Area Team ... Her father, Anthony Bright, played in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers in 2002 ... Plans to major in psychology.
Coach Nold on Kia: "Kia will be an exciting player for the Auburn fans to watch with her jumping ability and quickness. She will be joining us in January, so that should really benefit us and help her get ready to contribute next year."
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Wildwood, Mo.
High School: Lafayette
Club: STL CYC
Highlights: Named to the AVCA/Under Armour All-America Honorable Mention team ...Ranked as the No. 72 prospect in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com ... Featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" in the Nov. 5, 2012, issue ... Named first-team all-state as a junior and a senior ... Academic all-state selection for three straight seasons ... Earned first-team all-conference honors each of the last three years ... Named a PrepVolleyball Senior Ace ... Led her team in hitting percentage, solo block, total blocks for three straight seasons ... Holds Lafayette HS records for career hitting percentage (.448), solo blocks (143), block assists (155), total blocks (220.5), single-match hitting percentage (.809) and career kills (756) ... Helped Lafayette HS to back-to-back Missouri Class 4A state titles, including a perfect 40-0 record in 2012 ... Team ranked No. 3 in the nation by MaxPreps and No. 2 by PrepVolleyball.com ... Plans to major in biomedical sciences/psychology.
Coach Nold on Stephanie: "Stephanie brings a great deal of experience having competed at an elite level in both high school and club. Her energy and work ethic in the gym are contagious, and we look for her to have an immediate impact on the floor."
Position: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Shawano, Wis.
High School: Shawano
Club: FC Elite
Highlights: Named offensive player of the year all four years at Shawano High School ... Team MVP as a senior ... All-conference first-team selection in 2011 and 2012 ... All-Wisconsin second-team selection in 2012 ... Named to Green Bay Press Gazette All-Area Team in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... Finished career at Shawano HS with 1,127 career kills ... In her senior season, had 336 kills (3.0/set), 95 blocks, 339 digs and 60 aces ... Plans to major in pre-med.
Coach Nold on Emily: "Emily is an extremely versatile player who will improve our defensive presence in both the middle and on the right side. We love her athleticism and think she will quickly develop into a force offensively."