CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's volleyball head coach Karen Glover announced the addition of three student-athletes for the 2015 incoming class. Alyssa Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./John T Hoggard), Moea Osbey (Anderson, S.C./Westside) and Dakoda Hawkins (Huntersville, N.C. /William Amos Hough) have all committed to join the Catamount volleyball program.
"I am pleased to add these three talented young ladies to our program," said Glover. "Combined with the two early signees we have, I am excited to get these incoming freshmen in the gym. This recruiting class will help us continue to push forward toward our goal of a conference championship."
Alyssa Zupan, a 6-0 outside/right-side hitter, spent four years competing at John T. Hoggard High School. Her team advanced to the state tournament all four years she competed including making a run to the State Championship match her freshman season.
As a senior, Zupan led the Mideastern Conference in kills (343) while posting one of the highest overall hitting percentages in Class 4A (.487). The Vikings went 22-3, including a 12-0 mark in the conference play. They reached the state quarterfinals before falling to Broughton. She was named the Star News Player of the Year, the Max preps Player of the Year and the Mideastern Conference MVP. She also was named to the All-State team for the second-straight season.
As a junior, Zupan and her teammates advanced to the state quarterfinals while Zupan was honored with her first All-State award. As a sophomore, she and the Vikings advanced to the semifinals after reaching the championship as a freshman.
During her club career with Triangle Volleyball Club she placed fifth at the Mideast Qualifier, placed third at the Disney Showcase and won the Monument City Classic. She also helped her team qualify for the USA Volleyball Nationals.
"Alyssa has the ability to be an impact player for us right away," said Glover. "She has been playing at a very high level and has the versatility to play multiple positions. With the loss of four seniors from last season, I expect Alyssa to be able to help us fill those holes."
Moea Osbey, a 6-0 middle blocker/right-side hitter, spent her prep career at Westside High School. She was a three-time All-Region selection at WHS while being named the team Most Valuable Player twice. As a sophomore she also earned the Coaches Award and was named to the Hillcrest All-Tournament team. As a freshman, she picked up the team's hardest hitter award. In the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club.
During her club career she competed for Upward Stars Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Her team won the Southeast Alliance Volleyball League (SAVL) Spring Madness Tournament as well as the SAVL Power League Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. They also advanced to the Xcel/Upward AAU Super Regional.
"When Moea came to camp last summer and I was immediately impressed with her blocking and athleticism," said Glover. "She has a great work ethic and I look forward to seeing Moea develop."
Dakoda Hawkins, a 5-8 setter, competed at William Amos Hough High school in Cornelius, N.C. During her three-year varsity career, her team compiled an impressive 91-8 record while winning three conference championships. During her junior season her team advance all the way to the NCHSAA 4A State Championship match. She was named all-conference her senior season while earning the player award and coaches choice award. With her club team, she helped win the Kentucky Bluegrass Tournament this past season.
"I loved Dakoda's energy and enthusiasm from the start," said Glover. "She is a great teammate and will add depth for us at the setter position."
Zupan, Osbey and Hawkins will join WCU's early signees Devan Ingram and Savannah Kohlhagen to form the 2015 recruiting class. All five will join the 10 Catamount returners as they open up the 2015 season Aug. 28-29 at home as part of the Catamount Volleyball Classic.