Volleyball signs two for 2007

Nov. 28, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After a run to the Atlantic Sun Conference championship match, the Jacksonville volleyball team has signed two players for the 2007 season.

Shaun Kupferberg's first fall recruiting class at JU provided two jewels - Aidan Yeager from Martinez, Ga., and Brittany Lehman from Colleyville, Texas.

"Aidan and Brittany represent the high standards that we strive to achieve in our program," Kupferberg said. "They are leaders on the court, in the classroom and throughout the community. We look forward to seeing them grow for the next four years."

Yeager, a 6-foot-3 left-hander, comes to JU after starring for Evans High School and the Heat Volleyball Club. A four-year starter at Evans, she was named to the all-region team and was picked as the Class 4A player of the year in Georgia after leading the team to a 10th place finish in the final state rankings. She had been honored as an all-county selection her first three seasons.

On the club level, Yeager was named to the USA Volleyball All-Palmetto region team in 2004 and 2005 prior to her player of the year honor in 2006.

An excellent student as well, Yeager has been a member of the A-B Honor Roll and the National Art Honors Society.

"Aidan has a chance to be a very special player," Kupferberg said. "She is always looking for ways to improve her game and we are excited to get a player with that type of character. Along with her extraordinary physical gifts Aidan is also an excellent student and leader in her school."

Lehman, a 6-foot outside hitter, joins the Dolphins after a stellar career at Grapevine High School. A three-year starter, she earned all-district honors each season en route to finishing in the top five in career kills, blocks and aces at Grapevine.

In 2005, she led Grapevine to the Class 5A, District 5 championship. She was also selected to the 2005 North Texas Youth High Performance team.

An all-around athlete, Lehman also was a member of the track & field team, qualifying for regionals in the high jump this past season. In 2005, she was district finalist in the high jump, hurdles and 800-meters.

"Brittany is a great all-around talent who will be able to play any position we ask," Kupferberg said. "Right now we are just excited to get her energy and competitive spirit into practices to challenge our upperclassmen."