Schindler adds four notable players to 2021 roster
STEPHENVILLE – Before the start of the 2021 season, the head coach Marie schindler adds three remarkable freshmen and a transfer from Sam Houston to its roster.
Elise Smith comes to Tarleton from Sam Houston State where she played two regular seasons and a spring season for the Bearcats.
“Elise is a transfer that brings energy and a net presence,” said Schindler. “She’s a great striker and will do a good job for us in the middle, especially in a one-on-one situation. I can’t wait to hit the gym with her!”
Playing in 44 games and 146 sets during her career at Sam Houston, Smith totaled 112 kills and 107 blocks overall as an outside hitter and center blocker. She also added 45 digs in her Bearcat career.
Smith helped the team lead the team to three winning seasons, 22-8 in 2018 and 11-3 in spring 2021.
Haylee Maxey comes to Tarleton as a freshman after a remarkable career at Keller High School.
“Haylee is strong and she’s got size on the pin,” Schindler said. “She can really hit a heavy ball and is comfortable attacking from anywhere on the ground. I know she will work hard and be solid on the outside.”
Maxey wrote all four years for head coach Lauren Rao, which led to her being named to the All-District first team three years in a row. She was the Keller High Schools leader in murders in 2019 with 483, which led to her being on the AVCA Phenom 2019 Watchlist in the same year. Maxey recorded a career-high 24 kills in the 2020 season against Eaton High School.
Trinity Vinzant comes to Tarleton after a successful career at Decatur High School.
“Trinity is a solid player who controls the ball and has a great selection of shots,” said Schindler. “Her volleyball IQ is high and she is a perfect fit for Tarleton. I look forward to working with her and seeing her grow in our program.”
Vinzant helped lead Decatur High School to two State Championships in 2018 and 2020. Her efforts during those years led to her being named the 2018 Offensive MVP and the 2020 Team MVP. While at Decatur, she was also named a two-time First Team All-District and Co-District MVP in 2020.
Megan Haynes arrives at Tarleton from Surrey, BC, where she has shone in her high school and club ball teams.
“Megan is a great addition to the team, she is versatile and very athletic,” said Schindler. “I am delighted to see her grow up. I know she will contribute a lot this year, she has the ability to play well over the net.”
Haynes played varsity volleyball for Regent Christian Online Academy for five years, being named team captain in her junior and senior years. She was twice athlete of the month and was named BC’s Top 15 Volleyball Player list by Varsity Letters.
She played a year of travel ball for Team British Columbia after being selected to represent British Columbia in 2019 at the Canada Cup tournament.
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Tarleton went 13-11 last year in his inaugural Division I season, claiming the first-ever Division I victory against Division I in school history against Louisiana Tech and sweeping the Big XII TCU program in two. matches.