FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
Darty Adds Three to Incoming Recruiting Class
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Adding to the two signees from the fall – Mackenzie Swan and Olga Nushtayeva – Head Coach Julie Darty has announced the signing of three more recruits for the Jacksonville University volleyball team as the team prepares for the fast approaching 2014 season. Joining the Dolphins for the upcoming year are Gaby Nieto, Carly Ochs and Nicole Pritchard.

Nieto comes to JU for her junior season after two years at Midland Junior College in Texas. A 6’1 middle blocker from Jalisco, Mexico, Nieto was named to the All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference team in 2013 after a season in which he compiled 285 kills, 64 solo blocks and 42 block assists.

“Gaby comes in with big shoes to fill as our senior middle blockers graduated this spring,” said Darty. “There is no doubt in my mind that Gaby will come in and find her way on the court. She is a great blocker and attacker and we will certainly be relying on her maturity and experience.”  

Ochs joins Jacksonville after transferring in following two seasons at Charlotte. The 6’1 outside hitter hails originally from Town and Country, Missouri where she was part of a state championship team at St. Joseph’s Academy in 2010, and was named All-Conference, All-Region and Honorable Mention All-State as a senior in 2011. In her two seasons with the 49ers, Ochs played in 47 matches and averaged 1.83 kills and 0.33 blocks per set. She also excelled in the classroom, being named to the Chancellor’s List all four semesters she was enrolled.

“Carly is a quiet leader but a fierce competitor,” Darty commented. “She just knows the game and trusts herself and I think coming in as a junior she will have experience that we will lean on.  Carly will be a great addition to our program, on and off the court.”

The final commit for 2014 is a local product that will begin her freshman year in the fall. Pritchard comes to Jacksonville from Providence High School where she named Second Team All-First Coast by the Florida Times-Union after a senior season in which the 5’4 libero had a school-record 548 digs and 67 aces. A four-year varsity player for the Stallions, she ended her time there with nearly 1,500 digs and more than 200 aces. Pritchard also played at the club level for Instinct Volleyball Club.

“Nikki is a local product and we are so excited about her joining the Dolphin family!” said Darty. “We are fortunate enough to have several defensive players on our roster but I think Nikki is ready to work and compete for a spot, she knows what it takes to play at a high level. Not only is Nikki a great volleyball player, she is the ultimate teammate and I am excited about having someone of her character within our program.”

Jacksonville will begin the season as one of the favorites in the Atlantic Sun after posting a 30-4 record in 2013 and earning the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2004. The Dolphins will be announcing their 2014 schedule in the coming days, so check back on judolphins.com for further updates.