New talent joins Tarleton’s volleyball team

By Jessica Taylor –

It is always a very excited and yet stressful time when recruits start looking for a new home they call college. Coaches scramble for the best, most versatile players they can possibly find.

Tarleton’s head volleyball coach Mary Schindler and assistant coach Jessica Ransom have done this exact task. They have found six talented young women to come join their already powerful team.

According to Tarleton Sports Information the first player to join the team is Jazmine Green. She will transfer to Tarleton from San Jacinto College, where she was recently named first-team All-American.

Kaylea Beck is a 5’10” outside hitter from Hays High School, where she was named first team All-District. She is also a very talented student. She was named Academic All-District and Academic All-State.

Kelsey Raglin is a 5’10” outside hitter who will add a lot of offensive and defensive skills to the TexAnns. She comes from Churchill High School in San Antonio, where she was named first-team All-District, the all-Texas honorable mention team and all-area 5A Super Team.

The next member is Meg Umbel. She is a 5’11” middle blocker coming from O’Connor High School in San Antonio. She was named first-team all-district as well as first-team Academic All-District and Academic All-State her senior year. She will be the only middle blocker joining the roster this year.

Marissa Banda may be the smallest, but rest assured she will be a huge asset to the TexAnns team. This 5’6” setter is from Brandeis High School in San Antonio.

“Marissa is very athletic and she’s just a little spark plug,” Schindler said. “She can pass and play defense, but she’s going to bring a lot of athleticism. She’ll get to the ball quickly and run a solid offense.”

She was also named first-team All-District and Class 5A Player to Watch. She also joined Raglin on the All-Texas honorable mention team.

The last, but not least player to join the team is Macie Walker. She is a 5’11” setter from Hutto High School, where she dominated the completion.

“She brings a different dynamic to the setter position,” Schindler said. “She’s 5-11 and can play offense, too. She’s an athletic player who can attack with a heavy arm swing but also has great hands and delivers a very hittable ball.”

During her high school career she was named All-State while also earning District MVP-Setter and Academic All-District. She was also named a finalist for the Texas Christian Athletes of the Year.

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