Head Coach Ryan Theis and his staff have added three new players for next year.
Nov. 14, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Volleyball Head Coach Ryan Theis and his staff have announced the addition of three new players for the 2013 seasson. Katie Horton, Ali Lake and Mallory Salis make up the newest crop of Bobcats.
Horton is a 6-1 outside hitter from Wayne Memorial High School in Michigan. During her young career, she helped the Zebras to two-consecutive district tournament championships. A dynamic athlete, Horton excels in the competitive arena and has the ability to play all six positions. Those intangibles have her ranked No. 95 on PrepVolleyball’s Senior Ace list.
With her six rotation skills and her elite level of physicality, Horton will make an impact to the program early in her career. In three years with Premier Volleyball Club, Horton led her team to back-to-back top-five finishes at the AAU Championships, earning All-America honors, and with her sister, Keri, captured the National Division Championship at the USA Volleyball Beach Nationals.
Lake is a 6-1 middle blocker from Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio. A Greater Miami Conference First Team selection last season, Lake was among the conference leaders in kills and assists. For her career, she helped lead her team to four sectional championships, two district championships and a regional final appearance this past season.
Lake, a Division 1 All-Ohio Honorable Mention choice last season, notched 446 kills, 227 blocks and 117 digs at Lakota East and this season won the Thunderhawks’ Coaches Award. She also plays her club volleyball with Cincy Classics and was one of Prep Volleyball’s Top 250 Senior Aces.
Salis is a 5-8 outside hitter from Oak Lawn, Ill., that has racked up a number of awards during her high school career. The 2012 East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year was also named the MVP of the Nike Tournament of Champions and selected to the Wheaton Classic, Rich East and Asics Challenge all-tournament teams.
Salis also helped Marist High School to an ESCC Conference Championship and titles at the Rich East Tournament and Nike Tournament of Champions. Recently, she was named First Team All-Area by the Chicago Sun Times and earned SouthTown Star Player of the Year honors. Salis was also part of an AAU national championship with the First Alliance Volleyball Club, earning All-American honors.