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Tribe Volleyball Signs Four Incoming Student-Athletes
Updated: Saturday 01/03/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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William and Mary head volleyball coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton ’91 announced the signing of four student-athletes today, bolstering the Tribe’s roster in key positions.  The incoming Class of 2017 includes two setters, a libero, and a middle-blocker.

Following is a brief look at each incoming student-athlete:

Kristen Larrick – 6-1, MB
Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson (Metro American Volleyball Club)

"We will be using Kristen at the middle position. She's a strong, quick, determined athlete who is just beginning to hit her stride as a volleyball player. Once her skill set catches up to the speed of college volleyball, she will easily push our returning middles for court time."

Prep: Named to the Washington Post All-Met first-team as a senior, after leading her team to the region championship alongside fellow signee Stephanie Paul … Also selected as a member of the Montgomery County All-Star team … Helped WJHS to division championships in 2010 and 2011 … Played with the Metro American Volleyball Club all through high school, winning the region championship in 2011 … AP Scholar … Played the flute in WJHS’ Wind Ensemble … Also a top basketball player, earning first-team all-county honors as a sophomore.
Personal: Daughter of Carla and Fred Larrick … Mother competed at Maryland in gymnastics, basketball, and sailing … Father played volleyball at Princeton … Cousin, Sydney Larrick Whetzel, graduated from W&M in 1974 … Enjoys skiing, windsurfing, modeling, and art and graphic design … Has spent her summers volunteering at Bethesda’s Suburban Hospital … Undecided as to her college major.

Paige Lucas – 5-8, S
Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph (Piedmont Mizuno Volleyball Club)

"Paige is a terrific all-around player who just recently began to concentrate on the setter position. She's quick, agile and strong… a great physical presence in the setting spot. Paige is also very competitive and will do the necessary work to achieve success. I am looking forward to working with her over the next four years."

Prep: Selected as the Mid-Piedmont Conference Player of the Year as a senior … Also named all-county in 2012 … Averaged 6.4 kills per set as a senior … Three-time all-conference performer … The top-ranked student in her class all four years of high school … President of the Interact Community Service organization … Member of the Chemistry Club and Beta Club.
Personal: Daughter of Julie and Ronnie Lucas … Father played baseball for High Point … Grandfather played basketball at High Point … Has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and a number of other local charities … Plans to major in kinesiology.

Stephanie Paul - 5-11, S
North Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson (Virginia Elite Volleyball Club)

"Stephanie is a terrific teammate who loves to play the game. Her size and intellect will be a nice addition to our setting ranks, while her on-court demeanor will be a strong, positive influence for our team. I believe we are very lucky to have an athlete like Stephanie joining our team and I'm grateful she chose to come to W&M."

Prep: Captained Walter Johnson to the Maryland 4A state semifinals as a senior … Also won the region championship alongside fellow recruit Kristen Larrick … Team MVP … Named first-team all-county … Selected honorable mention to the Washington Post All-Met team each of the past two years … All-County second-team in 2010 and 2011 … Honor roll and scholar-athlete for all four years…Currently plays for Virginia Elite volleyball club … Competed in the 2011 AAU Junior Nationals for Metro American.
Personal:  Daughter of Ellen and Martin Paul … Sister, Christina, played volleyball at Maryland … Brother, Eric, attends Frostburg State … Volunteered with the Washington-area Special Olympics in 2011 and 2012 … Enjoys traveling, skiing, and hiking … Undecided as to her college major.

Gabrielle Pe – 5-6, DS
Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes (Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club)

"Our staff first noticed Gabrielle as a freshman, and we've wanted her on our team since the moment we saw her play. She is an amazing defender who absolutely loves to compete. She's a vocal leader whose court presence brings out the best in those around her and I'm confident she will immediately challenge for the libero spot."

Selected to’s Senior Aces list in 2012 … Named a prep All-American each of the past two years, by the AAU in 2011 and Under Armour in 2012 … Won Player of the Year honors in both the Beach District and Eastern Region as she led Ocean Lakes to runner-up finishes in both tournaments … Named the Tidewater-area Player of the Year by the Virginian-Pilot … Led Coastal Virginia to the 2011 AAU 16 Club National Championship … Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Daughter of Grace and Flodoir Pe … Enjoys playing both the ukulele and the piano … Plans to major in kinesiology.

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