Nov. 15, 2010
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina head volleyball coach Manuel Concepcion has announced the addition of Brandi Anderson (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) and Caitlin Piechota (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) to the Catamount volleyball roster for 2011.
Anderson joins the Catamounts after playing four years of varsity volleyball at Holly Spings High School in Holly Springs, N.C. The 6-foot-5 middle/right side guided her team to back-to-back conference titles from 2007-08 and served as her team's captain during her junior and senior seasons (2009-10). She also played for the Triangle Volleyball Club from 2007-10, helping her team to the Junior Nationals in 2010.
Anderson was selected to the all-conference second team in 2010 and was tabbed her team's Most Outstanding Player during her junior campaign while earning the coaches Gold Hawk Award in 2008.
In addition to her on-court accolades, she is an active member of the student council - serving as class secretary - and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Technical Honor Society and the student-run television production organization, Hawks TV.
Piechota finished her high school volleyball season at Batavia High School in Batavia, Ill., by leading her team to an Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Regional Title and 32-6 overall record in 2010. The outside hitter/right side was selected to the all-conference first team for the second consecutive season in 2010 after leading her team in kills (298), attacking percentage (.303), blocks (17) and aces (50). She was also second on the squad in digs with 243.
Piechota finished her career as the school's record holder in service receive percentage (93.9%) and service points (237) in addition to ranking second all-time in attacking percentage (.273).
The Batavia, Ill., native also played for the Sports Performance Volleyball Club from 2008-09 and the Avalanche Volleyball Club from 2007-08.
Coach Concepcion's Thoughts on the Recruiting Class:
"Her versatility will impact our team on day one, especially our presence in the net. Her size and wingspan will continue to improve our height, in order to be able to compete against the tallest teams in the Southern Conference. Brandi has been training individually with former University of Southern California standout Katelyn Bishop since the beginning of her club career here in North Carolina; something that has helped her understand what it takes to be successful at the college level. She is one of the first kids that I ever recruited, so I have seen her grow throughout this time and have no doubt that she will continue to develop to become an outstanding player. The best aspect about her background is that she has been trained in all positions by her high school and her club team, Triangle, which is a club that has produced multiple NCAA Player of the Year and All Americans throughout its existence. She is an FCA member that will bring impressive core values to our locker room. The fact that Brandi is a 6'5'' prospect is secondary when compared to the significance of her future contribution towards our program in terms of personality and principles."
"She comes from leading her high school team to the best season in school history, where she broke multiple records. Caitlin is an unusual talent in volleyball, especially because of her ability to serve-receive and hit in the outside hitter's position as a lefty. Everyone involved in college volleyball knows about the outstanding reputation that her club Sports Performance has around the nation, where they are known for their discipline and structure that they implement on their players in and out of the court. Caitlin's confidence and ability to dominate offensively at out-of-system situations are the two elements that captured my attention the most about her playing characteristics. She has the potential to be our go-to player; an aspect that WCU Volleyball has needed for the past years. Even though Piechota has an average height, the fact that she has an approach jump of 9'8'' a year away from playing for us, tells me that she will be able to adjust to the toughest blockers in the conference and take our offense to a whole new level. One of our biggest goals for next year is to accelerate our offense; having her ball control and speed on the court will collaborate greatly with the achievement of that objective. Caitlin is one of the best players in the Midwest, where volleyball is a primary sport. It is very promising to see how her individual accolades throughout her career have been accompanied by team accomplishments. I look forward to see similar results when she wears purple and gold."