DAYTON, Ohio –
University of Dayton Volleyball and Head Coach Kelly Sheffield announced the signing of Alaina Turner and Jill Loiars to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday – the first day of the early signing period.
Both Turner and Loiars are on the 2012 PrepVolleyball.com
Senior Aces 150 List and the 2011-12 Under Armour All-American Watch List.
6-3 | Middle Hitter
Winter Springs, Fla.
Orlando Volleyball Academy
Loiars is a versatile 6-foot-3 middle hitter from Winter Springs, Fla., (Orlando area) with developed blocking skills. She was a stand-out at one of the top high school programs in the region – Oviedo High School, coached by Jen Darty. She helped guide the Lions to three appearances FSHSAA Regional Semifinals and continue a string of seven consecutive appearances in the FSHSAA state tournament. With Oviedo teammate Jessica Amador, Loiars was the Orlando Volleyball Academy 2011 Beach Volleyball Gold Division Champion last spring.
Loiars played club for Orlando Volleyball Academy under head coach Tanya Jarvis.
She is the daughter of Joe and Cheryll Loiars and is interested in majoring in communications at UD.
Head Coach Kelly Sheffield on Jill Loiars
“Jill is a confident player who plays for one of the top programs in the southeast. She can play in the middle or right and can be an absolute shutdown blocker. Offensively, she can hit first or second tempo and off of one and two feet equally well. Her toughness and work ethic will fit in well with our team.”
5-10 | Outside Hitter
Premier Volleyball Club
Alaina Turner is a 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Canton, Mich., (Detroit area) with a quick and athletic style of play. She was four-year varsity letter winner at Canton High School under head coach Mary Kryska. She is a two-time All-District and All-Region selection and in 2011 led the Chiefs to their first conference championship since 1979 and first district title in school history.
Turner was selected to the 2011 17 Club AAU All-American Team with her club team Premier Volleyball, coached by Jodi Schramm.
She is the daughter of David and Mary Ann Turner and intends to major in health and sport science at UD.
Head Coach Kelly Sheffield on Alaina Turner
“Alaina is a jumping jack with a fast arm. She can get on top of the ball and absolutely bounce it. Most of her experience is in the middle but she has been playing on the left recently and that is where we plan to use her. She's not real big but she plays big and she plays fast.”
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