Volleyball Announces Incoming 2013 Class

BOSTON, Mass. – With the start of the 2013 season just a few short weeks away, the UMass Boston volleyball coaches announced their incoming recruiting class.  The Beacons fresh off of their fourth straight Little East Conference tournament championship and second NCAA Regional Tournament crown in three years, this new class will be looked to make an immediate impact from the start.

"This is one of the more talented classes we have brought in since I have been here at UMass Boston. It is a great group of players both on and off the court. We are very excited they will be joining us on campus and expect great things from them. We are very excited for the season and cannot wait to see how they blend together with our returners," said associate head coach Michael Houlihan.

2013 UMass Boston Volleyball Recruiting Class

Name: Pepper Baker
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Height: 5'6"
Position: Outside Hitter
High School: Leon High School
Club Team: North Florida Volleyball Academy/Tallahassee Juniors

Key Facts: Helped the Leon High School team to the 2011 Division 6A State Championship … Earned the Sparkplug Award twice as a member of the 16 Elite Team under the director of Rita Crockett … Named team captain of the 17 and 18 Elite Teams … An honor and AP student at Leon High School, where she was named to the honor roll all four years … Graduated from Leon with distinction … Member of her high school's student government and elected junior class President in 2011-12 before being named Student Body President as a senior … Named Leon's Female Athlete of the Year and received the Principal's Leadership Award.

Name:  Patricia Boland
Hometown: Evergreen Park, Illinois
Height: 5'10"
Position: Outside Hitter
High School: Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School
Club Team: Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy

Key Facts: Helped her club team to a second place finish at the JVA 2013 Louisville competition and a third place finish at the JVA 2012 National Championship … Led her high school squad to a third place finish at the Illinois State Championship tournament … As a student she was named to her high school's National Honors Society, the National Art Honors Society, and the National English Society … Was also named to her high school's honor roll.

Name: Cailin Fredrickson
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
Height: 5'11"
Position: Outside Hitter
High School: Long Reach High School
Club Team: TCA Baltimore

Key Facts: Named Team MVP as a junior and Second Team All-County … Honorable Mention honoree as a senior … Named to her high school's National Honor Society and Honor Roll

Name: Elizabeth Glavan
Hometown: Edina, Minnesota
Height: 5'8"
Position: Defensive Specialist
High School: Edina High School
Club Team: Club 43

Key Facts: Named team captain on the Club 43 15, 16, 17, 18 teams … Two-time varsity letter winner at Edina High School … Also a four-year member of her high school's golf team … Graduated from Edina High School as a AP Scholar, Edina Scholar, Edina Scholar Athlete, a member of the National Honor Society, a DECA State Finalist, and a DECA Diamond Award Winner

Name: Kayce Kemp
Hometown: Red Bluff, California
Height: 5'10"
Position: Setter
High School: Mercy High School
Club Team: Riot Volleyball Club

Key Facts: Named Team MVP of her high school volleyball team … Named a Lions All-Star and was also named an All-Conference and All-League selection … Led her team to a League and Section championship … Named a Red Bluff Daily News Athlete of the Week … Named a ELKS Student of the Month and News Channel 7 Scholar Athlete … Also named a Kiwanis Student of the Quarter candidate

Name: Lacee Kilgore
Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado
Height: 5'8"
Position: Setter
High School: Grand Junction High School
Club Team: Colorado Mesa Juniors

Key Facts: Three-time varsity letter winner at Grand Junction High School … Received the Team Best Setter Award … Four-time Academic All-State First Class Award recipient … Named Team Captain with the Colorado Mesa Juniors … Received the Best Setter Award with the club … Led her club to a Tournament championship and was named an All-Tournament selection.

Name: Jodie Munchbach
Hometown: Dedham, Massachusetts
Height: 5'11"
Position: Middle Hitter/Rightside
High School: Dedham High School
Club Team: SMASH

Key Facts: Four-time varsity letter winner at Dedham High School … Named team captain as a junior and a senior … First Team All-Star as a senior and a Second Team All-Star as a junior … Two-time Team MVP … Helped her club team to a fifth place finish in all of New England.

Name: Julia Murphy
Hometown: Canton, Massachusetts
Height: 6'0"
Position: Middle Hitter
High School: Canton High School
Club Team: SMASH

Key Facts: Led her high school team to a Division II South Sectional Volleyball championship … Named a two-time Division II All-State honoree … Named the Hockomock League Most Valuable Player … Three-time Hockomock League All-Star … Named the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic honoree … Selected as team captain … 18's NERVA Championship of 18 Open Gold, The Great Nor'Easter 18's Gold Champion, and 2012 Beat of the East 17's Silver Champions while with the SMASH Volleyball Club.

Name: Kimie Taketa
Hometown: Torrance, California
Height: 5'3"
Position: Defensive Specialist
High School: West Torrance High School
Club Team: Mizuno Long Beach

Key Facts: Named a two-time team MVP … Four-year starter for the West Torrance High School team … Received the Competitive Greatness and Most Improved Awards with the Mizuno Long Beach club … Received the Principals Citizenship Award and was a Warrior Scholar.