Volleyball Announces The Signing Of Plock, Gergen, McCarthy And Fry

first_imgAs a junior, she was named to the District 6-6A All-District team and was second on the team in scoring and blocks while hitting .368. During the last club season for Skyline Juniors, she was named a third-team All-American by PrepVolleyball.com. “We are really excited about our 2017 class and have been looking forward to their arrival,” McBroom said. “We have high expectations for this group and they all come from very strong volleyball backgrounds and have had great success. We think they will have a great impact on our program and can help take our program to the next level.” “Natalie has been playing on one of the top club teams in the country with Dallas Skyline,” McBroom said. “We think she can create an immediate impact right away in the middle for our program. She’s had a stellar prep career and we’re looking forward to what she will do at Drake.” Emily Plock is a local product from nearby Southeast Polk High School in Altoona, Iowa. A 6-2 opposite-side hitter, she was recently named first team All-Central Iowa Metro League by The Des Moines Register and was recognized by the same publication as one of the top eight players in the state prior to the start of her senior season. She was also named to the USA Today Preseason Volleyball Team and by PrepVolleyball.com as a ‘Senior Ace’ and a top-125 player nationally. As a senior, she registered 515 kills, the third most in Class 5A and the eighth most overall in the state of Iowa. She finished her career with a school record 1,557 kills to average 5.26 kills per set at Southeast Polk. As a junior, she was twice named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week for the state of Iowa. She was also named second team All-CIML by The Des Moines Register and was the first player from Southeast Polk to be named first team all-state. That season she registered 583 kills to lead Iowa Class 5A and shattered the Southeast Polk record for most kills in a season while leading the team to a school record 36 wins. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team has signed four student-athletes to national letters of intent, head coach Darrin McBroom announced. “Having a local standout on the roster is great for us and for her,” McBroom said. “She’s had an amazing prep career at Southeast Polk and with her club teams. I’m excited about the impact she will make and we expect her to come in and compete in her first year.” Gillian Gergen is a 6-0 middle blocker and opposite-side hitter from Janesville, Iowa. Gergen has and helped lead her Janesville team to three state championships including back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016.  Natalie Fry (Allen, Texas) is a 6-1 middle blocker and opposite-side hitter that recently led her Allen High School team to a first-place finish in Texas’ 6A District 6, one of the most challenging districts in the state. She led the team in hitting percentage and was second on the team in blocks while being named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Team. “Gillian is an exciting, dynamic young athlete,” McBroom said. “I think a lot of people underestimate her because of her size, but she’s a competitor at heart. We can’t wait to get her in gym and have her contribute to our program.” This season, she averaged 3.5 kills and 0.76 blocks per set to lead Janesville into their first-round game at the state tournament and help the team to another Iowa Star North Conference title. She was named All-State by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association following her sophomore and junior seasons and earned a spot on The Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa team each of those seasons.  Hannah McCarthy (Overland Park, Kan.) is a 6-0 outside hitter that was recently selected to the All-Eastern Kansas League first team after leading her Blue Valley Northwest team in kills. She was also selected to the Kansas Large Class All-Star game. Her club team, adidas Dynasty has qualified for nationals four years and finished third in 2016. Set to join the Bulldogs next season are Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa), Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Iowa), Hannah McCarthy (Allen, Texas) and Natalie Fry (Overland Park, Kan.) Plock was also one of 18 players selected to train for a spot on the 2016 USA Volleyball junior national team during the spring of 2016 in Miami, Fla. “She’s a very dynamic athlete that can do a lot of things well,” McBroom said of McCarthy. “She has played in the middle, outside and can do both well. She had a great camp with us over the summer and we’re excited about what she’ll add to our program.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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