Nov. 15, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona volleyball coach David Rubio announced Monday that five recruits have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend school and play volleyball. Halli Amaro, Rachel Rhoades, Chloe Mathis, Taylor Arizobal and Shaquillah Torres comprise the Wildcats' 2011 class.
"We're extremely pleased with our signing class for the 2011 season," said Rubio. "The talent of these recruits will be able to uphold the high level of volleyball Arizona has grown accustomed to over the years."
Amaro, a 6'0 middle blocker / outside hitter from Los Alamitos, Calif. is ranked as a top 30 recruit by prepvolleyball.com and described as an offensive middle who is extremely explosive when looking to score. Teamed with an aggressive serve, she can play either hitter or blocker position.
Amaro prepped at Los Alamitos High and played club volleyball for Mizuno Long Beach in the Southern California area.
Rhoades, a 6'1 middle blocker from San Diego, played high school volleyball for Mission Bay HS and club team for Coast Volleyball club under coach coach Ozhan Bahrambeygui. Ranked by prepvolleyball.com as the No. 58 recruit overall, Rhoades is considered to have great potential in blocking and leaping ability. A solid student, Rhoades carries a 4.0 grade point average.
Mathis, a 5'11 setter from La Jolla Country Day HS in La Jolla (San Diego), Calif., will look to contend for the starting setter position next season for the Wildcats. Ranked No. 97 by prepvolleyball.com, Mathis is described as a gamer who has the knack for coming up with big plays at clutch times. Named the National Player of the Week by maxpreps.com in September, Mathis totaled 135 assists in the Archbishop Mitty Tournament leading her team to the championship.
Torres, a 6'0 outside hitter from Riverside, Calif., prepped at Orange Lutheran HS and played club team volleyball for Saddleback Volleyball club. Named an ESPN RISE CalHiSports.com Athlete of the Week, Torres goes by the nickname of "Shaq" but without the big ego. Shaq's brother, Maurice, is on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Arizobal, a 6'2 outside hitter from Dana Hills, Calif. comes to the Wildcats by way of Dana Hills High and the Saddleback Volleyball Club. Comfortable on the right side, Arizobal was named to the 15 American All-Tournament Team after her play at the USA Junior Olympic Championships.
While the recruiting class rankings for volleyball come out during the spring signing period by various outlets, UA's five-class team figures to rank high amongst the Division 1 level.
"We'll be looking to replace a tremendous senior class but we believe this group is extremely capable," said Rubio.
This week, the Wildcats host its final homestand of the 2010 season, squaring off with Washington State on Friday evening and No. 11 Washington on Saturday.