CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern volleyball team and head coach Christy Mooberry announced the signing of Amanda Metz, Chrysta Zehr, Kylie Klein, Brooke Green and Taylor Marin to come to CSU for the 2014-2015 season.
"We are excited about this incoming class," commented Mooberry on the early signees. "These ladies will provide some much needed depth and height to our program. Each of these athletes brings a different but complementary dynamic to the program. This is also a very solid academic class, including many 4.0's, 30 plus ACT's, and achievers in the top 10% of their class. While we are thrilled that they've accomplished so much in the classroom, this also plays into our philosophy on the court of playing smart, aggressive ball."
Metz comes to Charleston Southern by way of Otsego, Mich., and Otsego High School where she lined up at outside hitter and setter for head coach Candace Holmes. The 5-11 athlete also plays under Coach Kyle Stahl on the Dead Frog-Far Out club team. A four year letter winner in both volleyball and basketball, Metz was a four-time All-Conference and All-County selection for the Knights. She also received Most Improved and Most Valuable Player honors on both the volleyball and tennis teams. She also played on the Knights' junior varsity softball team.
Off the court, Metz is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. She also serves as her Class Secretary and is a three-year member of the 4.0 Honor Roll. She is the daughter of Danene and Scott Metz.
"Amanda comes from a well-established club out of Michigan and understands what it is to work hard to earn a spot," Mooberry had to say about Metz. "She is a solid utility player that could really help us in a handful of positions. Her accomplishments in numerous sports show off her natural athleticism and her classroom accomplishments point to her being a smart young lady that works hard."
Zehr comes to Charleston Southern by way of Phoenix, Ariz., and North Canyon High School where she lined up at middle blocker for Coach Nick Price. The 6-1 star is also a member of the AZ Desert Sky 18-1's club team, playing under Coach Tammy Butler. While in high school, she finished tops in the state for blocking in 5A. She earned Most Improved Player honors in her junior season, before earning the top Offensive award in her senior season.
Off the court, Zehr is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and the National Honor Society, as well as the International Baccalaureate Program. She is the daughter of Valerie and Matthew Zehr.
"Chrysta at 6-1 and with a vertical at 30 inches will add height and depth to our middle position," said Mooberry on Zehr. "Chrysta's club director, Linda Rodl (mother of former CSU grad Tricia Rodl O'Driscoll), is very familiar with our program and knows what Chrysta needs to be ready for next season, and has a plan to get her there. Chrysta is very bright and analytical; she looks at every aspect of every situation. You'll see this not just help her to continue to excel in the classroom, but on the court as well."
Klein comes to Charleston Southern by way of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Mountain Vista High School, where she line up at middle blocker under head coach Lindsey "Jaffe" Miller. The 6-3 athlete also plays on the Momentum Colorado 18-1's under Miller. While lining up at middle blocker for the Falcons, she recorded 149 kills and a .267 hitting percentage, averaging two kills per set so far in her senior season. She also recorded 64 total blocks (56 solo) and seven aces on the season.
Among her accolades include earning Continental League 5A Second Team All-Conference honors on the volleyball court. She also recorded the top GPA in the 2012 season on the volleyball team, earning the Jewelry Scholastic Gold Key in her junior season. Off the court, Klein is a three-year letterman on the Falcons' basketball team, possessing the school record with 22 rebounds in one game, as well as starting on the varsity track team in high, long and triple jump. She is the daughter of Dale and Mary Klein.
"Kylie at 6-3 will also add height and depth to our middle position," said Mooberry on Klein. "She has as a huge personality, she's outgoing and witty, and has experience winning and that confidence comes across in her play. Last year her Colorado Momentum 17 Gold team won the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier 17 USA division and she'll be continuing to work hard on the 18-1's team this year. Off the court, Kylie's fearlessness in the face of competition also shines through in her placing in the top 15 contestants for Miss Teen Colorado, which had over 600 applicants."
Green comes to Charleston Southern by way of Orlando, Fla., and The First Academy where she lined up at setter for Head Coach Haley Malone. Standing at 5-11, she also plays on the OVA 18 Molten club team under Coach Chuck Amshoff. A key member of the two-time Royals' 3A State Championship squad, Green earned 2013 AVCA 3A Region Player of the Year honors in her senior year, as well as First Team All-District recognition. She also earned Honorable Mention All-District accolades in her junior season.
Green is the daughter of Charles and Shelley Green, and she plans to major in Kinesiology at CSU.
"Brooke will add some depth to our setting position and also has experience winning both with her high school and club program," Mooberry had to say about Green. "She has great hand location, location on the ball, and can run a quick tempo on the court. She's athletic and smart and a great fit for the school, the future hold a lot of promise for Brooke."
Marin comes to Charleston Southern by way of Phoenix, Ariz., and Paradise Valley High School where she lined up at libero under head coach Evan Sedillo. She also lines up at libero for the Revolution Volleyball Academy RVA 18s under head coach Amanda Lieberman. Marin was a four year letter winner and starter with the Trojans, where she was a two-time All-State Honorable Mention, earning All-Region honors in her freshman year. She was named to the 2010 Frosh 59: The Best Varsity-Playing in America Highest Honorable Mention team. She was also named to the PrepVolleyball.com 2011 Soph 79 and the 2012 Defensive Dandies Part 1: Gym Dandies. She earned Paradise Valley Defensive Player of the Year honors four times, with her team advancing to the First Round of the State Championships three times, and the Second Round once.
Off the court, she is a three-time winner of the Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy: Scholar-Athlete/Activity Award and a three-time Arizona Interscholastic Association, Inc. – Scholar Team Award recipient. She is the daughter of Robert Marin and Cindy Muto.
"Taylor had people across the country interested in her and we are thrilled she picked us," said Mooberry on the signing of Marin. "PrepVolleyball.com noted her a couple times and that's no small accomplishment. She is a little spark plug on the court that loves to play the game. I knew I was really interested when she also sent video of her voluntary workouts with her personal trainer and was leaping onto jump boxes about the size of herself. Taylor knows that to stand out in her position she needs to work way harder than everyone else, and she embraced that challenge. I'm excited to see what she can do here at CSU."