Jan. 13, 2012
Western Carolina head volleyball coach Karen Glover announces the addition of three student-athletes who will join the Catamounts for the 2012 volleyball season. Glover, the 2011 Southern Conference Coach of the Year, added Cristina Nazario (Columbia, S.C./ Spring Valley HS), Cally Pfeiffer (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield HS) and Nicole Ford (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain HS).
"We really wanted to focus on recruiting in the Carolinas and the surrounding areas and I think these three young ladies represent what it is to be a Catamount," said Glover. "They are strong students, solid athletes and have great character."
Pfeiffer and Nazario are both setters who will immediately vie for playing time with the graduation of 2011's lone setter, Brittany Lysik. Nazario graduated high school a semester early and began classes at the start of the spring semester, allowing her to participate in WCU's NCAA permitted practices in the spring.
"I think we have signed two great prospects in Tina and Cally. They will make an immediate impact and gives us the versatility to look at a 5-1 or 6-2 offense. Both are proven leaders with a track record of success," said Glover.
Nicole Ford is a middle blocker who joins the returning position players looking to fill the spots of exiting seniors Carrie Minogue and Rebecca Stoltz.
"We are really excited to add these recruits to the Western Carolina volleyball family," concluded Glover.
Pfeiffer comes to Western Carolina from Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C. A four-year letterwinner, Pfeiffer leaves Wakefield as the school record holder in assists with 1,375. She was named the team's captain, most valuable player and received the Senior Leadership Award for the 2011 season. Pfeiffer led Wakefield to three-consecutive conference championship games, winning in 2009 and 2011. She was selected to the all-conference team in her final three seasons. Pfeiffer is a model student-athlete with an overall GPA of 4.75, ranked in the top five percent of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.
: "Cally has competed at a high level in both high school and club. She has great hands and is a quiet, confident leader on the court."
The coaches of the Big South 3A Conference named Kings Mountain (N.C.) High School senior middle blocker Nicole Ford its volleyball Player of the Year. Ford led her team in kills (2.6) and digs per game (2.5), also pacing the team in kills, as a junior in 2010. Kings Mountain won the Big South championship finishing with an 11-1 record for the season. Ford was also the Mountaineers' captain for her senior year. She played club volleyball with the CJV 16's Blaze.
Karen Glover: "Nicole really impressed us at camp, not only with her play but also with her spirit. She is a very physical player with a fiery intensity that I think will make our team play with more passion."
Cristina Nazario is the lone signee from outside of the Tar Heel State coming from South Carolina's Spring Valley High School in Columbia. The 5-10 setter played on the Spring Valley varsity since her freshman year. Nazario was named All-State her senior season, participating in the South Carolina 3A/4A North-South All-Star Game, playing for the North team. While at Spring Valley, Nazario received awards as Best All-Around Player, Best Offensive Player and the Coaches' Award.
Karen Glover: "Tina comes from a strong volleyball background. She has a great volleyball IQ and consistently puts her hitters in a position to be successful."