Ohio - Miami University volleyball coach Carolyn Condit
announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent on
Wednesday. Maris Below (Springfield,
Mo./Kickapoo), Krista Brakauskas (Lemont,
Ill./Providence Catholic) and Paige Hill
(Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) will begin play for the RedHawks in the 2013
"Maris, Paige and Krista will comprise one of the
finest recruiting classes of my career at Miami," said Condit. "We are very
proud to sign these three competitors who shine as brightly in the classroom as
they have on the volleyball court."
Below is a four-year letterwinner at outside hitter for
Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Mo. As a senior in 2012, she was named
First-Team All-State, as well as to the Under Armour All-America Watch List.
She was named first-team all-conference each of the past three seasons as she
led the Volleychiefs to the league title each year. Below is also a strong
student, having been named Academic All-State as a junior. She plays her club
volleyball for the Springfield Juniors.
"Maris is a fine six-rotation ball control player and
a spirited competitor," said Condit. "She is a very fine backcourt player, as
well as a dynamic outside hitter. The speed of Maris' game is a 'cut above',
and her excellent decision making reflects her advanced game intelligence."
Brakauskas is a three-year letterwinner at setter for
Providence Catholic High School. She was named First-Team All-East Suburban
Catholic Conference each of the past two seasons. She also earned a spot on the
Sportstown Chicago 2012 Senior All-Star Team. Brakauskas plays club volleyball
for First Alliance.
"Krista's game knowledge and quickness are advanced
beyond most first-year college setters," said Condit. "Her competitive
intensity combined with her calm demeanor is always present in her game. Krista's
ability to find her middles and spread the offense will help improve Miami's
offensive effectiveness and present complex challenges to opponents."
Hill is a four-year letterwinner at middle hitter for
Jackson High School. She was dominant as a senior, recording 363 kills and 110
solo blocks. She led the Polar Bears to a 28-2 record this season and state
runner-up finish. Hill was named First-Team All-Ohio in 2012 after earning
third-team honors last season. She was selected to participate on the Division
IV Senior All-Star Team, and will play in the 2012 State All-Star Match on
Friday. Hill plays club volleyball for Academy Volleyball Cleveland.
"Paige is a high-energy athlete whose explosiveness
and competitive drive is reflected in her dominant blocking ability," said Condit.
"She is a powerful middle attacker who demonstrates her versatility in all net
zones and knows how to score. Her intelligent, powerful performances were a big
reason her high school team appeared in the state finals."
The 2012 edition of the Miami RedHawks will conclude
their season on Saturday, Nov. 24 when they host Cincinnati at 4 p.m.