Point Park University volleyball 2013 recruiting class of eight players announced
July 24, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. ET
Transfer Roxanne Grundmeier is one of eight new Point Park volleyball players this year. Photo courtesy DMACC.
PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University volleyball program and head coach Mike Bruno have announced the addition of eight new players for the 2013 recruiting class. The Pioneers will welcome the new players to campus when the team begins preseason training Aug. 12.
The Pioneers were in need of a big recruiting year after graduating nine seniors -- seven of which were letter winners -- from last year's team that was 30-10 overall and was ranked as high as No. 24 in the NAIA.
Coach Bruno feels that the Pioneers did well on the recruiting trail, particularly from the standpoint of the team needing players who were ready to make an impact on the college level right away.
"I'm very excited with all the new talent that will be a part of our program," said Bruno, who is in his ninth year at the school. "With so many graduating seniors, we had a lot of voids to fill. Many of these new players will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to impact the program immediately.
"Many of our newcomers have college-volleyball experience, which will help our transition greatly. We have junior college players who were all-region in some cases, and among the freshmen, I feel we have one of the top all-around players from the WPIAL coming in."
The following is a summary of the 2013 Point Park University volleyball recruiting class. For more info on the Pioneers, follow them on Twitter @PointParkVB and @PointParkSports. Point Park begins the 2013 volleyball season Aug. 23-24 at the Early Bird Tournament hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Barbara Andrade -- Setter, 5-10, So., Lagoa Santa, Minas Gerais, Brazil / Lake Land (IL) College
Andrade is a setter from Brazil who comes to Point Park as a sophomore after setting for Lake Land (IL) College on the NJCAA Division I level last year. As a freshman at Lake Land, she played in 32 matches and 107 sets. She amassed 523 assists (4.89 per set), 23 aces, 136 digs and seven blocks. Lake Land was 25-16 last year. In high school, she played volleyball and handball at SEBRAE in her native Brazil.
Paige Baker -- Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist, 5-7, So., Kittanning, Pa. / Seton Hill University
Baker was a four-time PVCA Class A all-state player at Elderton High School, where she graduated in 2011. She played in 20 matches and 46 sets as a freshman at NCAA Division II Seton Hill in 2011-12. She totaled 17 kills and 56 digs that year. In high school, Baker was also an All-WPIAL and all-section player. She played club ball for AVIA Volleyball Club and Keystone Volleyball Club.
Olivia Fisher -- Outside Hitter, 5-9, Jr., Janesville, Iowa / Des Moines Area (Iowa) CC
Fisher is a junior outside hitter who spent the last two years at Des Moines Area CC. Her best year at DMACC came as a freshman in 2011 when she was NJCAA Division II All-Region XI and first-team all-conference in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. That year, she put up 393 kills, 517 digs and 31 blocks in 155 sets. Fisher played in 32 matches as a sophomore with 59 kills, 48 digs and 22 blocks in 60 sets. At Janesville High School, she had 485 kills (5.27 per set) and 302 digs (3.27) as a senior to earn all-state honors in Iowa.
Roxanne Grundmeier -- Outside Hitter, 5-10, Jr., Schaller, Iowa / Des Moines Area (Iowa) CC
Grundmeier is an athletic outside hitter who will be a junior for the Pioneers after playing the last two seasons at Des Moines Area CC. She is a two-time NJCAA Division II All-Region XI player and a two-time selection for all-conference in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. As a freshman, she racked up 479 kills (3.09 per set), 585 digs (3.77) and 60 blocks in 155 sets. As a sophomore, Grundmeier totaled 178 kills, 177 digs and 73 blocks. In high school, she was two-time all-state in Iowa.
Cristiane Vasconcelos Chaves -- Middle Hitter, 6-3, So., Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil / Indian Hills (Iowa) CC
Vasconcelos Chaves brings height to the middle hitter position at 6-3, and she has a year of college volleyball experience at Indian Hills (Iowa) CC, an NJCAA Division I school. As a freshman, the Brazil native ranked third in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference in total blocks with 122 (45 solo, 77 block assist) in 136 sets. She also ranked ninth in the conference with 230 kills. Vasconcelos Chaves racked up 39 aces for the IHCC that was 30-11 overall. She also made the Region XI All-Academic First Team.
Katie Baynum -- Middle Hitter, 6-0, Fr., York, Pa. / Spring Grove HS
Baynum is a tall middle hitter at 6-0 who adds depth and youth to the block up front. She was a two-year letter winner in volleyball and swimming at Spring Grove High School, where she was a part of a district championship team in volleyball in 2011. Baynum is an honor roll student who will study criminal justice at Point Park.
Shiloh Simonson -- Outside Hitter, 5-9, Fr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Peters Township (Pa.) HS
Simonson is a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native who was a PVCA Class AAA all-state player at Peters Township High School, which is south of Pittsburgh. A two-year team captain at Peters Twp., she was also an All-WPIAL performer for two years. Simonson was chosen as the Westmoreland Sports Network Terrific 21 Co-Player of the Year with 3.4 kills and 3.1 digs per set as a senior. She played club ball for Pitt Elite.
Harley Skibicki -- Outside Hitter, 5-10, Fr., Butler, Pa. / Butler HS
Skibicki is a 5-10 outside hitter from Butler, Pa. She was a two-year letter winner at Butler High School. She played for Pittsburgh Three Rivers Volleyball Club for 18s, Pitt Elite for 17s and Renaissance for 16s. An honor roll student, she was also a track & field athlete at Butler.