April 8, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University volleyball head coach Ryan Theis announced the signing of two student-athletes Monday who will compete for the Bobcats during the 2013 season.
Ohio will add Alexis Pinson, a graduate student transfer from Arizona State, and Brooke Coleman, an incoming freshman from Plano, Texas.
Pinson, a 6-foot-2-inch middle blocker from Phoenix, Ariz., saw action in 220 career sets for the Sun Devils during her three-year career.
Her best season came as a junior in 2012, when she helped lead the Sun Devils to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. Pinson paced the Sun Devils with 132 total blocks on the year (1.01 blocks/set) and also ranked fourth on the team with 220 kills (1.68/set). Her 121 block assists were the fourth most in Arizona State single-season history.
Pinson hit at a team-best .308 in 2012 and was named to ASU's Sheraton Invitational All-Tournament Team after recording 29 kills and averaging 1.43 blocks/set in ASU's 4-0 weekend.
A talented student-athlete in the classroom, Pinson received Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades in 2012 for the second-straight season.
“We are thrilled to have a player with Alexis’ level of experience in our program,” Theis said. “Alexis graduated from Arizona State early and is a perfect fit for our volleyball program, as well as our top ranked Master of Sports Administration program. She plays hard every day and adds a nice level of maturity to the team.”
Coleman, a 5-foot-8-inch setter, earned first team all-district and first team academic all-district honors as a senior captain at Plano West High School. She recorded nine triple-doubles and 12 double-doubles on the year and finished with 573 assists, 303 kills and 404 digs.
She led Plano West to a third-place district finish and helped the team advance to the fourth round of playoff competition.
Coleman earned her team’s Serving Award, given to the player with the most service aces and most points won, and the 110 Percent Award, given to the athlete who shows the most consistent effort on and off the court.
Coleman plans on majoring in sport management and marketing at Ohio University. “Brooke is incredibly versatile, a winner, and a great competitor,” Theis said. “She has a great history of winning and making people around her better. She can set and play libero at our level and hits for her high school team. We are very excited about adding her volleyball IQ and competitiveness to the program. “
Pinson and Coleman join incoming freshmen Katie Horton (Wayne, Mich.), Ali Lake (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Mallory Salis (Oak Lawn, Ill.) in Ohio’s class of 2013.
The Bobcats return to exhibition action this Saturday (April 13) with a match at Dayton.
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