Lady Cat Volleyball Adds 13 Recruits
06/28/11...Head Coach Linda Renzi (8th season) and the Pitt-Johnstown Lady Cat volleyball program have added 13 recruits for the 2011 season, led by Clarion High School’s Danielle Fleeger, a 2010 PIAA All-State selection, and local standouts Jordan Jones (Ligonier Valley High School), Miriah Butterworth (Northern Cambria High School), Anna Greeley (North Star High School), and Shayna Kalanish (Shade Area High School). The Lady Cats are coming off of a 13-12 overall record and an 8-6 record in the WVIAC.
Fleeger (Clarion High School) leads a group of five outside hitters have also been signed for 2011. In addition, Kelsey Shanabrook, Dana Heidenreich (Bishop Canevin High School), Shayna Kalanish (Shade Area High School), and Alicia Anderson (Plum HighSchool) have also beed added. Fleeger, a First-team PIAA All-State team choice in 2010, was also First-Team All-District, the Most Valuable Player of her conference, and she was named to the PIAA All-State Tournament Team. In her four years as a starter at Clarion High School, Fleeger helped lead the team to three Conference Championships (1 runner-up), three District Titles (1 runner-up) & four State Regional Championships. Shanabrook was named First-Team Mid Penn Conference, First-Team Harrisburg Patriot News, Second-Team The Sentinel, and PVCA Third-Team All-District. She was also a District All-Star. Heidenreich, a three-time First-Team All-District, a Second-Team All-WPIAL honoree in 2010 made the 2010 MSA Sports Terrific 21 All-Star and was named to the 2010 AVCA Under Armour All- American Watch List. Kalanish followed her 2009 Second-Team All-County season by being named First-Team All-County and to the 2010 All-District Team and the All-County First-Team. Rounding out the outside hitter freshman class is Anderson, a 2010 All-Section Second-Team member at Plum High School.
Pitt-Johnstown will look for Nicole Oakes (Baldwin High School) and Jones (Ligonier Valley High School) to feel the void left at the setter position due to the graduation of Taylor King. Oakes, selected to the MSA Sports Terrific 21 'All-Star Team’, was tabbed First-Team All-Section and Third-Team All-WPIAL. She helped lead her team to a section title with a spotless 10-0 regular season and an 18-1 overall. Jones was four-year letter winner, a two-time all conference player, and a District VI AA All-Star Team Nominee.
The Lady Cats, who finished 2010 ranked 36th in NCAA Division II in blocks per set, added more depth on the front line with middle hitters Tayler Vebares (Red Lion High School) and Mallory Sikora (South Park High School). Vebares holds Red Lion’s all-time blocking record. She was a Second-Team All-District selection and a 2010 All-County All-Star. Sikora was South Park’s Most Improved Player and garnered All-Section honors.
On the back line, the Lady Cats added four defensive specialists. Katelyn Svetahor (Greater Latrobe High School), Cassie Heatherly (Glendale, AZ), Butterworth (Northern Cambria High School), and Greeley (North Star High School). Svetahor is expected to convert from an outside hitter to a defensive specialist. Svetahor, a First-Team All-Section three straight seasons, won her school’s Defensive Player Award back-to-back years to close out her high school career with an 86 percent passing accuracy. However, her greatest achievement is being the only player in Greater Latrobe’s history to never miss a play on varsity at any point during her high school career (freshman through senior season). Heatherly will make the journey east to strengthen the libero position. She was named the 2010 5A Division 1 Defensive Player of the Year and to the First-Team All-Region Team. Heatherly was also a 2010 Honorable Mention All-State Team selection. Butterworth contributed to four District 6 titles, four undefeated conference championships & a 2009 Pennsylvania State Championship at Northern Cambria High School, while Greeley was an All-County Honorable Mention choice in both 2009 and 2010 on her way to guiding North Star High School to three District 5 titles.
Pitt-Johnstown will open the 2010 season at the Fairmont State University Tournament on Sept. 2-3. The Lady Cats will play their first home match on Sept. 14 when local rival Mount Aloysius visits the Sports Center.