Mansfield, Lions Ink Three for 2017
First-year head coach Aaron Mansfield announced the signing of three standout players for 2017.
Getting right to work upon being named head coach of the LMU volleyball team, first-year head coach Aaron Mansfield, along with his coaching staff, announced the signing of three standout players for 2017. Nya Chiek (George McDougall High School | Airdrie, Alberta, Canada), Sierra Bartley (Chatfield High School | Littleton, Colo.) and Meredith Teague (Monroe High School | Monroe, Wash.) have all signed Letters of Intent to play for the Lions in the fall.
Chiek has won a pair of gold division medals while playing for Calgary’s Elite Volleyball Club, including nabbing gold at the Nationals for Division 2 Tier 3. She also helped guide her high school squad to a pair of tournament championships and a third-place finish in the 4A division.
According to Nya: ”I’m extremely excited to be playing the sport I love with some amazing players!”
Mansfield on Nya: ”Nya just started playing volleyball two years ago, but continues to improve each time we watch her. She has a high passion for learning and has only scratched the surface of what she is capable of. That passion for learning, in combination with her athletic ability, will allow Nya to accomplish many great things here at LMU.”
Bartley is a two-time CCGS All-State selection, including claiming a first team nod in 2016. A first team All-Conference honoree in her final two years, she helped guide her squad to a League Championship and a Final Four appearance in 2016, and three straight Regional Championships to finish her high school career. A four-year varsity letter winner, Bartley served as a team captain as a junior and senior after helping Chatfield to a State Runner-Up finish in 2014.
According to Sierra: "I chose LMU because of the great academic reputation, stellar volleyball program, and amazing location. After visiting campus and seeing the family atmosphere the team and coaches have created, it was clear no other school could compare. I look forward to the next four years here at LMU, and I can’t wait to represent this team on and off the court."
Mansfield on Sierra: ”Sierra is a left-handed opposite that can score from many different spots on the court. Her ability to attack a wide variety of sets will allow us to have more options offensively. Sierra has competed at a high level both in club and in high school. We are very excited to get Sierra in our gym in August.”
Teague is a three-time All-Wesco 4A Conference selection and took home Everett Herald All-Area honors in 2015. An All-Washington State Team pick, Teague leaves Monroe High School as the school’s record holder for aces in a match (15) and a season (63). The two-time team captain is also involved off the court, serving as Monroe High School Student Body President.
According to Meredith: "I am excited for all the opportunities ahead of me! I cannot wait to further my education and compete with some of the best. I am honored to call myself a Lion!"
Mansfield on Meredith: ”Meredith is a very steady player that possesses a great arm and ability to play the whole game. After learning more about Meredith in the recruiting process, it was apparent early on that she would be a great fit for our program. Meredith will be a very positive contributor to our team and to our culture.”
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