April 27, 2006
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's head women's volleyball coach Rob Browning announced the signing of two players for the 2006 season during the late signing period. Browning announced the signing of Alita Fisher and Lauren Jaeckel, two seniors in high school who will be joining the Gaels in the fall.
"Lauren and Alita are outstanding additions to our team," Browning said. "Both are capable of playing at a very high level and they are a good fit with our current team and the other incoming freshmen. Our team is determined to achieve greatness on and off the court, and we are confident that Lauren and Alita will help us reach our goals immediately."
Saint Mary's signed two players in the early signing period, with Fisher and Jaeckel joining Alison McCarty and Megan Burton, for the 2006 freshman class.
Fisher will join the Gaels from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, WA. Fisher was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and tennis in high school. Fisher was the Most Valuable Player of the Narrows League and First Team All-State in Washington. Fisher was also named to the Prep Volleyball All-American team.
"Alita is a unique athlete who is highly skilled in many areas, especially in serve receive, defense and serving," Browning said. "She will complement our team with her great ball-control skills and her competitiveness and her desire to be great will contribute to the type of gym culture that we want every day in practice and matches."
Jaeckel will be heading to Saint Mary's from Heritage High School in Littleton, CO. Jaeckel was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball and a two-year letterwinner in track at Heritage. Her high school team won the Regional, District and League championships in 2004 and 2005.
"We are fortunate to have Lauren joining us next season," Browning said. "Lauren has been competing at a high level in volleyball for a long time. She is strong at the net and we think she will develop into a great player for us. Lauren has set high standards for herself in every aspect of her life, not the least of which is how she plays the game."