The University of Central Arkansas earned an honorable mention ranking among the nation’s top volleyball recruiting classes by

UCA coach Jeni Jones-Chatman said, "Our current players truly invest in this process during our on-campus visits. We feel that they are the best ambassadors for our program, because they are the ones that are going through all the workouts, practices, road trips, and matches on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. Their experience in those moments is challenging, exciting, and purposeful. The rapport we develop with our players is not just player/coach, it goes well beyond that.

"It is us teaching them life lessons, and them teaching us as well. The goofy, silly moments, the adrenaline rush of wins, and the difficult moments of loss and setback all combine to create these experiences."

UCA’s 2017 class, which is the only one in the Southland Conference to be included on PrepVolleyball’s list, includes: middle blocker/right side Mallory Carty (Germantown, Tenn.), defensive specialist Emily Doss (Springdale), middle blocker Amari Mitchell (Arlington, Texas), middle blocker Ravin Rhodes (Compton, Calif.), and setter Bailey Waddington (San Angelo, Texas) for the 2017 season. .

"I am one of the most fortunate people on the planet," said Chatman. "I get to do this every day and I get to do it with incredible people, athletes, and administrators, and I get to do it for a university that values all the things we value as a program. The tremendous faculty and staff, as well as our gorgeous campus, make UCA a place where prospective student-athletes want to be."