Tiger Volleyball Inks Third Signee
Feb. 18, 2000
Memphis, Tenn.-- - The University of Memphis volleyball team has signed its third recruit to a National Letter of Intent Head Coach Carrie Yerty announced, Friday.
The Tigers will welcome 5-10 outside hitter Heather Sanders from Gainesville, Fla., to the fold for the fall of 2000. Sanders led Buchholz High School on offense and defense, averaging 2.3 kills, 1.5 blocks and 2.0 digs per game. She was the team MVP her senior season, when Buchholz was ranked in the top 10 in 5A.
Sanders played middle hitter at Buchholz, where she was the tallest player on a team that went 20-9 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time in recent school history, but will move to outside hitter for the Tigers.
"I'm really excited about the athleticism (Sanders) brings to the team. She has great all-around skill and could really become one of the dominant outside hitters in the conference," Yerty said.
Sanders, who also plays club volleyball with the Gainesville Juniors, was voted an All-Area selection by the Gainesville Sun.
Sanders' all-around game will be important to the Tiger volleyball program, and since she was a primary passer in five of six rotations in high school, she should step up immediately as a freshman.
"The biggest thing she brings is her competitiveness and love for the game. She will definitely contribute to our program as a freshman," Yerty said.
Sanders is the third signee for the Tigers. The 2000 season will mark the 30th year that volleyball has been a varsity sport for the University of Memphis.