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LWC Volleyball adds five student-athletes for 2017 season

Brittany Connatser, Peyton Johnston, Klara Mikelova, Autumn Proctor and Paulina Sobolewska will all join the Blue Raider Volleyball team for the 2017 season.
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By Charlie Balcom
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY (Tue 14 Feb 2017) - The Lindsey Wilson volleyball program has added five high school signees and one transfer student-athlete for the upcoming 2017 season, head coach Andy Cavins announced on Tuesday.

Brittany Connatser, Peyton Johnston, Klara Mikelova, Autumn Proctor and Paulina Sobolewska all join the Blue Raiders in 2017 for their first collegiate volleyball season while Nathalya de Souza transfers to Lindsey Wilson from Lake Land College.


Brittany Connatser
comes to Lindsey Wilson from Fairfax, Virginia where she played at James W. Robinson Secondary School and for the Virginia Elite 18s club team. The 6-foot tall outside/right side hitter was a first team all-conference selection her senior campaign at James W. Robinson. She also earned second team all-conference accolades as a sophomore and junior, and honorable mention honors as a freshman. Connatser was named a team captain both her junior and senior seasons.

"Brittany was our first recruit in this class and has limitless potential," Cavins said. "She converted from middle blocker to outside hitter for her club team and comes from a volleyball family where her older sister Tiffany played for Temple University. Touching 10 feet makes Brittany a high flying athlete that can impact our program in numerous positions. We are ecstatic to see the impact she will make on our program over the next four years."

Peyton Johnston is a 5-foot-5 defensive specialist from Presentation Academy in Louisville, Kentucky. She was named to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Volleyball All-Region Team as a senior. In the classroom, Johnston is a four-time honor roll member, a three-time All-State Academic Team member and the Presiding Officer of the Kentucky Youth Assembly in 2016.

"Peyton continues our tradition of adding top tier athletes from Union Volleyball Club," Cavins said. "She has elite athleticism and speed and provides us with depth at the defensive specialist position. Peyton is a potential heir to the libero position with Caitlyn Tino heading into her senior year."

Klara Mikelova is a 6-foot outside hitter from Sportovni Gymnasium in Kurim, Czech Republic. She has had multiple successes at the youth national level playing for the Czech Republic, including representing her country at the Women's Under-20 World Championships in 2015.

"Bringing Klara into our program will pay instant dividends," Cavins said. "She has also played club ball for Memphis Metro so she is very familiar with the American style of play. She was recruited by multiple Division I institutions and her impact on the court will be immediate and dominant. Her versatility will be hard to match in the NAIA."

Autumn Proctor comes from Temecula Valley High School in Temecula, California where she played club ball for 951 Elite. The 5-foot-10 setter was named the most valuable player at Temecula in 2014 and selected for the USA High Performance A-2 Volleyball Team.

"Autumn continues a long pipeline of West Coast players from 951 Elite," Cavins said. "Her 18s club team is consistently one of the best in the country and the training they receive has prepared her to impact our program immediately. We look forward to Autumn being our setter of the future."

Paulina Sobolewska is the final freshman of the signing class and comes to Lindsey Wilson from XLI High School in Warsaw, Poland.

"Like Klara, Paulina comes to us highly recruited and we look forward to her pushing us closer to a national championship," Cavins said. "Her volleyball knowledge is unparalleled for her age, enabling her to possess a combination of speed and power that allows her to hit any shot. Both Paulina and Klara have the ability to be freshmen of the year type players and we're excited to see them play together."

De Souza is the lone transfer student-athlete of the class and joins the Blue Raiders after two seasons at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois. Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 6-foot tall outside hitter will have two seasons of eligibility left with Lindsey Wilson. During her sophomore campaign at Lake Land, de Souza racked up 356 kills, averaging 3.24 kills with 320 digs. As a freshman, de Souza recorded 419 kills en route to being named the NJCAA Region 24 Division I Freshman of the Year. She was named first team all-conference and all-region both of her seasons at Lake Land.

"Nathalya comes to us after a dominant career at Lake Land," Cavins said. "She will be an imposing six rotation outside that can pass, defend, and attack with the best outsides in the country. She will be hard to match offensively and her experience at Lake Land and internationally will enable her to dominate the MSC and help us toward a national championship."


This story was posted on 2017-02-14 09:30:45
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