June 3, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University volleyball team's incoming freshman class has been ranked as one of the top 55 classes in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.
The quartet of student-athletes includes setter/libero Brooke Coleman (Plano, Texas), outside hitter Katie Horton (Westland, Mich.), freshman middle blocker Ali Lake (Liberty Township, Ohio) and outside hitter/libero Mallory Salis (Oak Lawn, Ill.).
Coleman saw action as a setter, outside hitter and defensive specialist during her career at Plano West High School. She earned first team all-district and first team academic all-district honors as a senior captain and recorded nine triple-doubles and 12 double-doubles. Coleman led Plano West to a third-place district finish and helped the team advance to the fourth round of playoff competition. She was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2012.
Horton led the Wayne Memorial Zebras to two-consecutive district tournament championships during her high school career while playing as many as six positions. In three years with Premier Volleyball Club, Horton led her team to back-to-back top-five finishes at the AAU Championships and earned All-America honors. With her sister, Keri, she captured the National Division Championship at the USA Volleyball Beach Nationals. Horton was ranked No. 95 on PrepVolleyball's Senior Ace list.
Lake helped lead Lakota East High School to four sectional championships, two district championships and a regional final appearance in 2012. She received Greater Miami Conference First Team selection accolades as a senior and was among the conference leaders in kills and assists. Lake also garnered Division 1 All-Ohio Honorable Mention accolades as a junior and was ranked as one of Prep Volleyball's 250 Senior Aces. She played her club volleyball with Cincinnati Classics.
Salis earned 2012 East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year honors during her senior season at Marist High School. She helped her team to an ESCC Conference Championship and titles at the Rich East Tournament and Nike Tournament of Champions. Salis was named First Team All-Area by the Chicago Sun Times and earned SouthTown Star Player of the Year honors. She was part of an AAU national championship with the First Alliance Volleyball Club and received All-America honors. The Oak Lawn, Ill., native also was named a First Team Defensive Dandy by Prep Volleyball.
The Bobcats kick off the 2013 season Aug. 30 with a matchup against Bryant in a tournament hosted by the University of Oregon. Ohio also takes on Eastern Washington and the host Ducks on Aug. 31.