Hendrix volleyball adds eight

Hendrix College head volleyball coach Ryan Meek has added eight recruits, including one from Mayflower and one from Greenbrier, to the Warrior program for the 2014 season.

"Building on the success of last year’s team and last year’s class (Southern Athletic Association Newcomer of the Year, three all-conference selections), it was important that we continue to build our program into a contender for the SAA championship and NCAA tournament participant," said coach Ryan Meek. "While we will miss the contributions from our graduated seniors, with most of our team returning, we felt that it was important to add players who can walk into our gym and compete immediately."

The Warriors, who return 13 letter-winners from last year’s team that made the finals of the SAA Tournament, will open the season on Aug. 29 at the UT Dallas Labor Day Tournament in Richardson, Texas.

The new members:

Emily Shadell, 5-4 DS, Mayflower: "She will immediately add energy and effort into our gym," said Meek.

Hayley Heacox, 5-7, DS - Greenbrier: "She is capable of stepping in at the libero, defensive specialist and setter positions if needed," Meek said

Lauren Petrisin, 6-0, offensive hitter, McKinney, Texas: Her club team won the national championship at the girls Junior National Championships in 2013 and she was named to the all-tournament Team while doing it.

Bradi Ryan, 5-10 OH, Edmond, Okla.: Says Meek: "Bradi was our first commitment for this class and we couldn’t have been any happier to start it off that way. She has won a state championship, competed in the USA HP pipeline and excelled at all levels of juniors and high school volleyball."

Sara Dyslin, 6-1, middle blocker, San Jose, Calif.: "She brings excellent size, quickness and athleticism into our gym. She played on a high-level club team in Northern California and she can contribute at all three front row positions for us," Meek said.

Kierstin Carr, 6-1, MB, Lone Oak, Texas: Meek said, "With excellent height and length and a high understanding of the game, she will help immediately at the middle position."

Hannah Tackett, 5-11, MB/OH, Little Rock Central: "Hannah is the type of kid we are looking for in all of our players - competitive, eager to learn and a great teammate," said Meek.

Rowan Bond, 5-10, RS, Tucson, Ariz.: "Rowan is a transfer from Yavapai College, a top junior college, and will add a dimension to our gym we don’t have at this point," Meek said.

Gregory joins Hendrix soccer staff

Former Hendrix College standout Kevin Gregory will join the Warrior men’s and women’s soccer coaching staff as an assistant.

Gregory, from Georgetown, Texas, was a four-year starter at midfielder and defender for Hendrix from 2009-12. In 72 games, he scored one goal with six assists and contributed to 14 shutouts, including a season-record eight as a senior in 2012. Gregory was selected as an All-Southern Athletic Association Honorable Mention during his senior campaign and earned an SAA Defensive Player of the Week award.

Gregory was a member of the 2012 Warrior team that broke the school record with 10 wins. He also served as team captain as a senior.