Juniata women's volleyball picks up three more commitments for 2010 season
(Posted March 3, 2010)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College women's volleyball has received commitments from Amy Miller (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch), Jordan Hopper (Laguna Beach, Calif./St. Margaret's Episcopal), and Courtney Greenberg (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers) to continue their education at Juniata while competing as members of the two-time NCAA Division III champion women's volleyball team.
Miller, a 5-9 outside hitter; Hopper, a 5-7 defensive specialist and libero; and Greenberg, a 5-8 setter, will join the Eagles in August 2010 as they pursue their 30th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and a third national title.
Miller is four-year letterwinner at Western Branch High School, Miller earned First team All-Southeastern District honors in 2008 and 2009 as well as being named Second team All-Tidewater by The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot in 2009. She helped lead Western Branch to a Southeastern District title in 2006 and 2007. Also on her resume is a very distinguished club career as a member of Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club where she was named MVP of the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy (PVA) Invitational last spring.
Amy is the daughter of Don and Kathleen Miller, and is undecided on a course of study at Juniata for her first year.
"Amy is a terrific student, an amazing volleyball player and a tenacious competitor," said Juniata head coach Larry Bock. "As an outside hitter, she will bring the entire package for that position to Juniata. She passes, serves, plays great defense and hits the ball with a lot of pace. Amy immediately makes us a better team."
Hopper is a four-year starter and letterwinner at St. Margaret's Episcopal, where she was a Second team All-California Interscholastic Federation honoree, and was an Honorable Mention selection for the Orange County All-Stars. She was a First team All-League selection in 2008 and 2009. At the club level, she was a member of the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club that recently won the 2010 Las Vegas Invitational.
Jordan is the daughter of Chris and Cecilia Hopper, and will be pursuing a degree in psychology at Juniata.
"Jordan is a terrific ball control player who has been well-coached and knows how to win," said Bock. "She has played for one of the top programs in the C.I.F. and one of the top club teams in the country. She has been well-tested and trained for when she joins us in August."
Greenberg was named Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 16 Overall Player of the Year, as well as the District 16 4A Player of the Year following her senior season. She also earned All-Area Player of the Year honors from the Fort Myers News-Press, and was a Lee County Athletic Conference. As a junior, she was a 5A All-State Honorable Mention selection, as well as an AVCA Player of the Week in the state of Florida. Greenberg served as the captain and team MVP for Fort Myers' 2009 squad that reached the championship match of the 4A state tournament. This past summer, Greenberg was selected for the Florida High Performance Team. At the club level, she played for the USA South Volleyball Club.
Courtney is the daughter of Mark and Sandra Greenberg, and is undecided on a course of study at Juniata for her first year.
"Courtney is a wonderful blend of athletic ability, leadership, work ethic and intelligence. These are all of the qualities that we look for in an elite setter," said Bock. "Her ability to lead a team and get great swings for her hitters will make a big impact immediately with the volleyball team, but the entire Juniata community is looking forward to her arrival here on campus in August because of her ability to be both a great student and great athlete simultaneously."
Miller, Hopper, and Greenberg will be competing for a Juniata women's volleyball team that stands as one of the storied programs in the history of the sport.
The Eagles are led by Larry Bock, whose career record of 1,218-186 gives him the most wins of any collegiate women's volleyball coach in any division. With Bock at the helm, the Eagles captured the 2004 and 2006 NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championships. Juniata has reached the national semifinals on 24 occasions, eight times advancing to the championship match. The Eagles have had 34 players earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America honors, the most of any NCAA women's volleyball program.
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