MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin head volleyball coach Jaclynn Yocum has announced the additions of six newcomers, as Bailey Darnall, Megan Fair, Brooke Gyori, Kenzie Hinshaw, Maddi Noble and Jamie Rys will suit up for the Skyhawks in 2017.
“We have a special group of girls returning next fall, and I feel strongly that we’ve taken a big step forward in adding these six,” said Yocum, who recently wrapped up her second season at the helm of the UT Martin volleyball program. “This class was a lot of fun to recruit, and I fully expect them to have an immediate impact and bring a new level of talent to the court. We’re still reinventing and reinvigorating this program and I am excited to see it taking shape. Without a doubt, the conference will see the change in our level of play.”
Bailey Darnall, OPP, 6-1, Jr., Burlington, Iowa (Indian Hills CC)
Was part of a remarkable two-year run at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, where she played under head coach Lyndsey Michel…Helped the Warriors post a 69-10 record over the last two seasons, finishing with a national No. 5 ranking in 2015 before reeling off a school record 27-match winning streak in 2016…Was an All-Region honoree as a sophomore after dialing up team-highs of 4.01 kills per set (seventh nationally) and 56 service aces (eighth nationally)…Tallied 457 kills on a .340 attack percentage, 85 blocks and 208 digs in 2016…Compiled double-digit kills in 27 different matches last season, including five 20-plus kill performances…Slammed down a career-high 34 kills in a five-set triumph over Iowa Western on Oct. 11…Hit .450 or better 11 different times, including a season-high .600 attack percentage (10 kills with one error in 15 attempts) against Iowa Lakes on Sept. 23…Had seven double-doubles, collecting a season-high 15 digs on two different occasions...Flirted with a triple-double (26 kills, 12 digs, career-best eight service aces) against Cowley County in a four-set win on Sept. 23…Was responsible for 281 kills on a .328 hitting percentage, a team-high 63 service aces, 254 digs and 118 blocks as a true freshman…Her 63 service aces ranked sixth in the nation…Corralled seven double-doubles in 2015, including 10 kills and a career-high 21 digs against Iowa Western on Sept. 16…Reached double-figures in the kill column 11 different times, including a season-high 20 putaways against San Jacinto-Central on Oct. 2…Swatted away a career-high eight blocks twice in the span of six days (at Tyler, against Lakeland)…Prepped at Burlington High School, where she was a two-time All-Mississippi Athletic Conference honoree for head coach Wil Wiemann…Led the MAC with 4.77 kills per set while ranking second in the conference in digs (3.06 per set)…Was responsible for 25 of the Grayhounds’ 33 kills in the Class 5A regional semifinals against City High.
“Bailey is an aggressive hitter having experience playing both outside and opposite positions and has proved she has the ability to control the outcome of a game offensively and she welcomes the challenge,” Yocum said. “I am anxious to work with Bailey and am confident she will rise to the higher level of competition.”
Megan Fair, OH, 6-0, Jr., Conover, NC (Catawba Valley CC)
Joins the Skyhawks as a NJCAA All-American out of powerhouse Catawba Valley, located in Hickory, NC…Helped the Redhawks to a historical run over the last two seasons under head coach Shannon Hudson, earning back-to-back Region X Player of the Year accolades while helping her team to an 76-20 record – including an unblemished 33-0 mark in conference play…Was part of a 2016 team that advanced to the Final Four of the NJCAA Tournament for the first time in school history, chalking up a program record 41 victories along the way…Led the squad with 507 kills (3.55 per set) while also sporting a .290 attack percentage, 46 service aces, 421 digs and 45 blocks…Had 26 matches where she piled up double-digit kills, including four matches with 20 or more putaways…Season-high of 23 kills came against Colorado Northwestern on Sept. 9…Hit .333 or better in 24 different matches…Recorded 12 double-doubles, establishing a season-high with 19 digs on two different occasions…Had seven service aces in just three sets against Northern Virginia on Sept. 16…Was also one of the Redhawks’ best players as a freshman, registering 579 kills (more than twice as many as any other teammate) and 3.62 kills per set, which was the seventh-highest total in the country…Hit .245 with 47 service aces, 594 digs and 43 blocks in 2015…Amassed double-digits in the kill column in 32 different matches, eclipsing the 20-kill mark on five occasions…Hit at least .333 in 17 matches, including a 14-kill, zero-error performance (.636 in 22 swings) against LaGrange on Oct. 13…Racked up a career-best 28 kills in just four sets in a win over Cape Fear on Sept. 4…Was responsible for 26 double-doubles, scooping up a career-best 25 kills in a four-set victory over Mott on Aug. 28...Attended Bunker Hill High School, where she played for head coach Kelsey Dettman…Was a three-time all-conference honoree and 2014 Conference Player of the Year for the Lady Bears, capping off her senior campaign with a 21-7 record and the best finish in school history with a regional playoff appearance…Piled up 373 kills, 640 digs and 97 blocks as a senior, shattering the program records for kills per set and digs per set.
“Megan brings a lot of success and experience to the court and has the ability to stabilize the people around her with her stoic demeanor,” Yocum said. “Megan finds a way to score based on the set she is given and the positioning of the defense. She is a strong six-rotation outside with a high volleyball IQ.”
Brooke Gyori, DS, 5-4, Jr., Oregon, Ohio (Owens CC)
Attends Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio, where she was an All-American and teammate of current Skyhawk Macy Reigelsperger…Playing for head coach Sonny Lewis, she was Ohio Community College Athletic Association Player of the Year in 2016, becoming the first non-offensive player to win that award since 2009…Was a part of an Express squad who went 75-12 with a perfect 28-0 conference mark over two seasons…Helped Owens claim a national third place finish at the 2016 NJCAA Tournament, capping off a season where the Express reached as high as No. 2 in the national rankings…Led the team with 736 digs (4.91 per set, ninth nationally) and 61 service aces last year…Scooped up double-digit digs in 38 matches in 2016, including a dozen occasions of 20 or more digs…Accounted for a season-best 32 digs in a five-set win at Catawba Valley on Oct. 7…Tallied seven service aces in only three sets in a victory against Lorain County on Sept. 14…Earned first team All-OCCAC accolades, first team All-Region XII and Region XII All-Tournament honors as a freshman…Accumulated team-highs of 942 digs (5.81 per set, sixth nationally) and 87 service aces (more than double the second-most aces on the squad, fifth nationally) for a team that finished ninth at the NJCAA Tournament…Racked up double-digit digs in 44 matches in 2015, including 26 matches with at least 20 digs…Had five matches with 30-plus digs, including a career-high 39 scoops in a five-set win against Sinclair on Sept. 30…Was responsible for eight service aces in just three sets against Hagerstown on Aug. 29…Prepped at Clay High School under head coach Dave Conley…Was a standout setter and defensive specialist for the Eagles, picking up All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference and all-district honors.
“Brooke is consistent in her ball control ability, is very instinctive and is quick to the ball defensively,” Yocum said. “She has a calm confidence on the court and thrives in high-pressure situations. Brooke plays at an exceptionally high level and will compete with the best talent out there.”
Kenzie Hinshaw, S, 5-9, Fr., Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern HS)
Was a key part of the successful Hamilton Southeastern program, as the Royals compiled a 35-3 record, a No. 2 ranking in the state and an appearance in semi-state under head coach Jason Young in 2016…Led HSHS to its first Class 4A sectional championship in seven years and just the third sectional title in school history after a 3-1 win over defending state champion Carmel in the finals…Was a PrepVolleyball.com Preseason All-American and also landed a spot on the PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces “Top 150” players in the nation…Ranked in the top-five in the state in assists…Handed out 45 assists against No. 4 Delta and also piled up 31 assists in the aforementioned sectional championship.
“Kenzie is quick, feisty and is a fun player to watch,” Yocum said. “We’re getting a really good setter in Kenzie. She makes up for any lack of size with her passion for the sport, athleticism and smart decision-making.”
Maddi Noble, S, 5-10, Fr., Glendale, Ariz. (Sandra Day O’Connor HS)
Played for head coach Kyle Brainard at Sandra Day O’Connor High School…Helped the Eagles make an appearance in the 6A state tournament in three consecutive seasons (2014-16)…Divvied out 768 assists with 215 digs and 42 service aces during a senior campaign where the Eagles were responsible for a 26-13 record.
“Maddi has had a very solid foundation when it comes to her training,” Yocum said. “She has the ability to connect with her hitters and run a dynamic offense. She has a history of playing for a winner and I expect that attitude to transcend to the floor at UT Martin.”
Jamie Rys, DS, 5-7, Fr., Bloomington, Ill. (Normal West HS)
Was a versatile option for head coach Kelsey Drendel at Normal West High School, where she was a defensive specialist and an outside hitter for the Wildcats…Was an All-Big 12 Conference honoree during her senior season, helping NWHS win each of its first seven games of the season…Guided the Wildcats to the Class 4A regional semifinals as a junior, ranking amongst the area leaders with 3.0 kills per set…One of her best games during her junior campaign was when she posted team-highs of 12 kills, six service aces and 13 digs in a win against Chatham Glenwood.
“Jamie is very athletic and has a great work ethic,” Yocum said. “She will compete for a couple different positions here with her experience at playing both outside and libero.”