Memphis Volleyball Adds Three for 2014 Season
Nov. 14, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - With the early signing period now open, University of Memphis head volleyball coach, April Jauregui, has announced the signing of three student-athletes. Oluchi Agomuo, Kate Gibson and Faith Myers will join the Memphis volleyball program in 2014.
"To say we are excited about the future of Tiger Volleyball would be an understatement," Jauregui said. "Our staff has worked extremely hard this past season to build the chemistry and program we need to take the next step forward. We have all the tools here at Memphis to have incredible success. We are continuing to build every day and this 2014 signing class is just the next step in the process. I am extremely confident that we are going in the right direction."
Oluchi Agomuo - Houston, Texas (Wunsche)
Agomuo earned three letters while playing at Westfield High School. She led the team in kills and digs her freshman year, and was named varsity player of the year as well as first team all-district. Agomuo transferred to Wunsche High School after her freshman year at Westfield where she enrolled in the pre-med program. Agomuo led the team in kills again during her sophomore year.
"Oluchi brings with her an athleticism that we need in this conference," Jauregui said. "We know she is capable of scoring at a very high level as a pin attacker. I feel that she still hasn't really tapped into what she can bring to the court. That is a scary thought because she has already shown that she has the capability to take over a match offensively. Her ceiling for improvement is extremely high. She has all the right pieces to be a premier player in this league. You can't teach athleticism, speed, and vertical jump. She has all those parts to her game. We look forward to training her to be an elite outside hitter in this conference."
After missing her junior year at Westfield due to a summer trip to Nicaragua, Agomuo returned to the team her senior year. She ranks in the top-10 percent of her class academically and was named academic all-district with a 4.3 GPA. She plays club volleyball with the Willowbrook Volleyball Club in Houston.
"The reason I chose Memphis is because of the outstanding staff and the southern hospitality the town has to offer," Agomuo said. "I was welcomed by a group of very nice players and coaches. The opportunity to play at a highest level and the privilege to continue with a health-care profession was very important to me. Go TIGERS!"
Kate Gibson - Sedalia, Colo. (Valor Christian)
Gibson joins the Tigers from Colorado, earning four letters from Valor Christian High School, as well as playing for her club team, the Colorado Juniors. She earned honorable mention on the all-state team in 2012.
"Kate is a true five-skill player," Jauregui said. "She can pass, hit, block, serve and play incredible defense. I think she balances our recruiting class nicely and we look for her to fill a key role in terms of ball control and depth for our OH (outside hitter) and RS (right side) position. Kate understands what it takes to compete at a very high level. She is playing for one of the premier club teams in the country with some of the nation's top recruits. She also comes from an athletic family and has been raised knowing what it takes to be a college athlete. Her court demeanor, competitiveness, and desire to win will complement our current roster."
Gibson passed the 300-kill-plateau in both her junior and senior campaigns, averaging 3.6 and 4.2 kills per set respectively. She also contributed on defense, averaging 2.5 digs per set during her junior year and 3.0 as a senior.
"The things that attracted me to the Memphis volleyball program were mainly the coaches," Gibson said. "I fell in love with the facilities, the people, town, players, and the coaches. The girls were so nice and welcoming and I felt so comfortable with the coaches. Everyone made me feel at home. I cannot wait to be a part of the Memphis family and finally be a Tiger!"
Faith Myers - Elizabethtown, Ind. (Columbus East)
A multi-sport athlete, Faith Myers joins the Tigers as a four-year letterwinner in volleyball as well as time spent with the basketball and track and field teams at Columbus East High School. Myers was recently named 4A First Team All-State for 2013.
"Faith has the heart of a champion," Jauregui said. "While we recruited her late in the process, we knew upon seeing her play and speaking with her coaches that this was a no brainer. She comes from the same training and environment as Erica Lear, our current setter's coach, and so we are confident she can come in and feel at ease with our style of play and what we are trying to achieve offensively. I feel she is a player on the rise. I consider ourselves extremely lucky in finding her and so proud that she will wear Tiger Blue."
Passing the 1,000 assist mark in each of her last three years with Columbus East, Myers was named all-conference during her junior and senior year after being named honorable mention during her sophomore year.
"The girls were all so welcoming and made me feel like I belonged," Myers said on why she chose Memphis. "Being a Tiger is a perfect fit for me."