THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008
Volleyball announces two more additions to 2008 roster
The JU volleyball team announced the signing of Illinois State transfer Brooke Singleton (Roseville, Ill.) and the addition of setter/defensive specialist Ashley August (Wauconda, Ill.), head coach Shaun Kupferberg announced.
The duo will join outside hitter Kathryn Kane (Wheaton, Ill.) and UCF libero transfer Brittany Turnbull (Atlantic Beach, Fla.), who signed with the program in November.
“We are really excited about the team that has been assembled for the 2008 season,” said Kupferberg. “We have depth at every position and it will make for a very competitive season both in practice and during matches.”
Singleton, a 5-foot-10 transfer with two years of eligibility remaining, was a three-year letterwinner as a guard for the Redbirds basketball team. In three years with the program, she appeared in 50 games as a reserve but racked up a career-high 20 appearances in 2007-08. In her prep career, Singleton was a four-year starter in basketball and volleyball at Roseville High School. She led the volleyball team to a 124-30 record and four straight regional titles while hitting .534 and leading the squad in kills for three of those years. She was also named 2004 Galesburg Register-Mail, Monmouth Daily Review Atlas and Macomb Journal Area Volleyball “Player of the Year” and still ranks 13th in the state of Illinois in career kills.
“Brooke is an amazing athlete and a better person,” said Kupferberg. “Every reference I talked with at Illinois State was filled with praise for her and that's very unique for someone transferring away from a university. I'm excited to add another upperclassman to our team that is full of young talent. Her athleticism and work ethic will allow her to be successful very quickly.”
August, a 5-foot-5 senior from Carmel Catholic High School, was a two-year starter and led the Corsairs to a combined 52-22 record and a regional title during that span. As a senior, she earned all-Lake County, all-conference and all-area honors after dishing out 497 assists as a setter. As a junior, she helped the squad to a 30-7 record and a regional crown as a defensive specialist/libero. In AAU play, she was a two-year member of Sky High Volleyball Club.
“We are very lucky to have Ashley joining our team next year,” said Kupferberg. “She's a very dedicated player, has a great attitude on the court and will be a fun addition to the team. Ashley will provide us some great depth at the setter and defensive specialist position.”
JU, which earned back-to-back trips to the A-Sun finals under Kupferberg, finished the 2007 season with the most wins (19) since 1997, tied for the most conference wins (8) and finished with a seven-match winning streak, the most under Kupferberg.