Five Talented Student Athletes Headed To Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Erin Appleman, head coach of the eight-time Ivy League champion Yale volleyball team, announced the matriculation of five outstanding new student-athletes for the 2018-19 season - Samantha Bray, Ellis DeJardin, Ashley Dreyer, Lauren Potter, and Renee Shultz.
"We're so happy to recruit such an incredible class here to Yale University," Appleman said. "This is a group of highly sought-after student athletes that I think will find a way to contribute to our defending Ivy League champion team. It could be the best class we've ever had."
Bray, a 5-11 middle from Austin, Texas, has been a mainstay for the Austin Juniors program where she helped them snag a silver medal in last summer's Junior National 17 Open division, as well as a bronze in the 14 American division in 2014. She was also selected to the Austin Juniors Global Challenge U17 team in 2016. As a stalwart for Westlake High School, Bray was Academic All-District in addition to being an AVCA Academic All-American in 2015 and 2016. She was tournament MVP at the Frauleinfest in 2016 as well, before being named varsity captain in 2017.
DeJardin, a 5-9 outside hitter from San Gabriel, California, has been a top performer for San Gabriel Elite Volleyball for many years. She most recently helped her team earn a bronze medal in the 17 Open division at Junior Nationals in June, garnering All-Tournament status as a result. Named team captain for nearly every club team she played on, DeJardin was also captain of her Flintridge Sacred Heart squad in her junior and senior years. She was named a volleyball first team selection in 2016 by the Los Angeles Times, Glendale New Press, Pasadena Star News and the Mission League. In addition, DeJardin was recognized as an AVCA Freshman Phenom in 2014 and a PrepVolleyball Top 150 Senior Ace in 2017.
Dreyer, a 6-3 lefty from San Mateo, California, has been a stalwart for national club powerhouse Vision Volleyball, playing up an age division as a sophomore and junior. As a four-year starter for Menlo School, Dreyer's teams were 2016 Nor Cal and CCS Champions, as well as 2017 CCS Open Division and West Bay Athletic League Champions. Dreyer was Mercury News All League and West Bay Athletic All League first team, as well as being named Palo Alto News Athlete of the Week; San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete Honor Roll; Cal Hi Sports scholar athlete nominee; and Harker School scholar athlete.
Potter, a 6-0 outside hitter from Miami, Florida, has had a great career for Tribe Volleyball, where she captained a national champion team at Junior Nationals in 2013, as well as twice being named an AAU All-American, in 2013 and 2014. The hard-hitting attacker was three times named Best Offensive Player for Gulliver Prep varsity volleyball, as well as First Team All-County.
Shultz, a 6-0 setter from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, has had a storied career with both East Coast Power and Bishop Shanahan High School. As a senior, she was named Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year after leading her school to a 37-1-1 record and finishing as 4A State Runner-up. In addition, she was named a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American. As the starting setter for four straight years, Shultz has helped capture four league titles and three District 1 titles, as well as finishing in the final 16 of the state playoffs in 2014, final 8 in 2015, and final 4 in 2016. She is the winningest four-year starter in Bishop Shanahan Volleyball history. Among the awards she has garnered, Shultz was named a Max Prep Freshman All-American; a Frosh 59 and Sophomore 79 by PrepVolleyball.com; varsity team MVP freshman and senior year; Daily Local News Player of the Year; and All-League, All-District, and All-State all four years of high school.
After winning their sixth Ivy League championship in the past eight seasons in 2017, Yale Volleyball starts its 2018 campaign August 31 by hosting the Yale Invitational.