Recruiting Class Tabbed 24th in Nation by PrepVolleyball

Head coach Tom Black's incoming class has been tabbed as the 24th-best class in the nation according to

May 29, 2014

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Set to begin his fifth year as LMU's head women's volleyball coach in 2014, Tom Black recently received strong feedback on his incoming recruiting class, as the group was tabbed as the 24th-best class in the nation according to

The Lions, who garnered Highest Honorable Mention honors in PrepVolleyball's recruiting rankings entering the 2011 and 2012 seasons, are the only West Coast Conference team listed in the Top-30 this year.

In order to determine the top recruiting classes, petitions a panel of college coaches from across the country to develop the list. The coaches represent every major conference, plus a few from lower-level D-I through D-III schools. The charge to these coaches was to judge each class using both size and strength of the class, and impact on that program as guides. The classes were not rated solely on immediate impact to the program, but were also judged based on the cumulative impact the class could make in four to five years at the school. The classes consist only of players making their initial appearance in a four-year program.

The information below is courtesy of
24. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Lindsey Carr, 6-2 OH, Mount Si (Snoqualmie, Washington); Jennifer Casillas, 6-2 RS, Valley Center (California); Kristen Castellanos, 5-2 Libero, Notre Dame Academy (Los Angeles, California); Sarah Sponcil, 5-10 S, Veritas Prep (Phoenix, Arizona)

COMMENT: The Lions have topped some previously strong recruiting classes with perhaps their finest yet. Sponcil, an Under Armour Second Team All-American and a two-time Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year, will arrive at LMU as one of the finest setters and all-around players in the country. Sponcil has immense skills culled from being one of the nation's elite sand players. The spunky Castellanos, a Senior Ace and 3-time Southern Section All-CIF selection, has long established herself as one of the best liberos in the country and fills a needed hole in the back row immediately. Two pin hitters bring size and heat. Casillas, a two time All-Valley League selection, is a strong, physical player who will provide depth at the opposite position, while Carr, a PrepVolleyball Senior Ace and Seattle Times All-Area selection, is a six-rotation outside hitter with a heavy arm on the left. This class brings power, depth, ball control and a high volleyball IQ to a rising LMU squad.

LMU's 2014 season will kick-off on August 23 with the annual Alumni Match at 1 pm. The regular season begins on August 29 when the Lions host UCLA, Binghamton and LIU Brooklyn as part of the LMU Invitational that weekend.




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