November 17, 2009

Women's Volleyball Signs Two for 2010 Season

Nov. 17, 2009

FAIRFIELD, CT - Sacred Heart University women's volleyball coach Rob Machan announced the signing of Kelsey Freeman of Denver, CO and Christina Bauch of Trabuco Canyon, CA to National Letters of Intent for the 2010 season.

The 5'11 Freeman plays for Mullen High School and has been one of the top middle blockers in the State of Colorado for the last three years. She was named to the Denver Post State All-Tournament team at the 2008 CHSAA 4A State Championships and is a 2009 Centennial League First Team All-Conference Selection and a two-time Centennial League All-Conference 2nd Team selection. She currently is the leading hitter at the 4A level in Colorado with a .401 hitting percentage.

"Kelsey will bring athleticism and size to our team next year," says Machan. "She is an outstanding attacker and will add even more versatility to our team. She will be able to match up with the top players in our conference, as well as the region. She has excellent blocking skills and the ability to put great pressure on the other team with her attack. She plays for one of the top high school and club teams in Colorado and should be well prepared to compete at the highest levels. We are excited to have her join our team next year."

Bauch attends El Toro High School where she was a four-year starter. She has also played for seven seasons for the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club where her Ki Yi's 18-1's club team won the national championship title at the volleyball festival in Phoenix this past July. Last week Bauch was named the Orange County Player of the week, an honor she also received her junior year. She was named her team's and Sea View League MVP as a junior. She plans to pursue media studies at Sacred Heart.

"Christina's versatility, as well as her skills, will be a great asset to our program," says Machan. "Playing for one of the top club programs and high schools in Southern California will prepare her well to compete at the highest levels. She is an outstanding hitter with excellent back-row skills. She has the size and athleticism to match up with not only some of the top players in our conference but in the region as well."

The Pioneers are currently 22-10 and preparing for the Northeast Conference Tournament, starting this Saturday at noon. The Pioneers are the #2 seed and will take on #3 Central Connecticut in the first round at 2:30.