MONDAY, MAY 06, 2002
Volleyball Adds Two More to 2002 Recruiting Class

May 6, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU volleyball coaching staff announced the signing of Panola (Texas) Junior College setter Melissa Bullion and Littleton (Colo.) High School middle blocker Danielle Neville.

Bullion anchored the Panola offense as a sophomore, leading them to a 33-14 overall record and an 11-1 conference record en route to its fifth-straight Region 14 Eastern Texas Conference championship and a third-place finish in the 2001 Regional Tournament. The Alvin, Texas, native received Region 14 Eastern Texas All-Conference and All-Region honors as a sophomore. Bullion led team and set a new Panola volleyball record with 1754 assists (12.8/g), paced the team with 139 games played and ranked third with 74 service aces to go along with 286 digs. As a freshman she set the school record for assists in a single match, recording 79 assists against Navarro College. During her stint at Panola, Bullion led helped her teams set team single-season records in kills, kills per game, hitting percentage, service aces, service aces per game, digs, assists and assists per game.

"Melissa has proven that she can win and will challenge for a starting position at setter immediately, said JU head coach Robin Mignerey. "She sets good tempo-balls and is consistent with location, which should improve our offensive output significantly. We also expect her to be a vocal leader of the floor."

Neville, from Greenwood Village, Colo., had a solid prep career at Littleton High, where she finished her senior campaign as the top blocker in the state of Colorado and ranked in the top 20 in kills on her way to earning first team all-league honors. She led her team to district and regional tournament runner-up finishes in both her junior and senior seasons. Off the court, Neville's record is equally as impressive as she earned Academic All-State First Team recognition as a junior. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the Athletic Academic Honor Roll all four years of her high school career.

"We look for Danielle to come in and step on the court quickly," said Mignerey. "At 6-1 she is a true middle blocker and will provide us with a blocking threat and shut down the opposition's top attackers."

The Dolphins are scheduled to begin the 2002 campaign against Xavier in the Jacksonville Invitational, August 30-31.