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Volleyball Adds Two for the 2012 Season

Dec. 2, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – Head coach Mitch Jacobs announced the NLI signing of Jillian Shemanski and Lauren Legge to the 2012 recruiting class.

“Lauren and Jillian add size and versatility to our 2012 team,” commented Jacobs on the signees. “Both are great kids and want to be a part of the resurgence of our program. I look forward to them joining us next August.”

Lauren Legge is a 6-3 middle blocker/outside hitter from Pliny, West Virginia, where she played volleyball for the Teays Valley Christian School. She is also a member of the River Cities Volleyball club team. In her senior year, Legge was named the West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament (WVCAT) MVP and led her team to a WVCAT championship for the first time in school history. During her high school career, she has collected two Teays Valley Christian MVP awards, two WVCAT All-Conference selections, a Mountaineer Christian Athletic Conference All-Conference selection, and WVCAT All-Tournament honors.

“Lauren is just shy of 6-4 and is very long,” said Jacobs of Legge. “She is quick on her feet and can get off the floor beyond 10’ with ease. Her skill set gives us the ability to play her inside at the middle blocker position or at either pin. She is very comparable to the type of athlete that Cameron Yoho is where she possesses the ability to play all net positions. Lauren can also receive serve and hold her own on the back line defensively. Her greatest strengths right now is that she is a shutdown blocker and can attack over the top of most blocks. Lauren really is a complete player and the fact that she has grown up less than 45 minutes from campus has made for a great fit for her to become a member of the Herd. I feel that Lauren is the best senior prospect in the state of West Virginia, however, because she attends a school that is not sanctioned with the WVSSAC she was unable to win any awards or be a candidate for The Gatorade State Player of the Year. Lauren has grown up playing with the River City Juniors Volleyball club, so we have been able to watch her grow from a self-questioning player to one that has excellent understanding of the game for her age and has gained the confidence it takes to be successful at the next level.”



Jillian Shemanski is a 6-1 middle hitter from Jupiter, Florida, where she was a three year letter-winner for Jupiter High School. She was also a member of the Treasure Club 18’s National club team. In 2010, Shemanski was selected to the Palm Beach Post All-County first team and the All-Area second team, as well as the Sun Sentinel All-Area first team. In the same year, the middle hitter was named to the Palm Beach Post Top 10 area players and earned a spot in the annual All-Star game. She holds the Jupiter High School record for most blocks and kills. During her tenure with the Treasure Coast club team, Shemanski was a major part of the team, winning the Big South National Qualifier championship. This past season, she totaled 275 kills, 165 blocks and 25 service aces, while averaging 10 kills and six blocks per match.

“Jillian is a 6’1 middle that will give us the depth we need at that position and also has the skill set to easily transition to the right pin,” commented Jacobs. “She is a naturally skilled blocker with great instinctive timing. Jillian has the strength and speed in her arm swing to become a very formidable offensive threat as well, however, right now she is most impressive on the defensive end and we can surely use her to keep improving our block. She is quick off her feet and easily gets near 10’ on her attack approach. It is also great to have another quality recruit come from the state of Florida. They play outstanding volleyball down there year round and that will certainly help Jillian be prepared for the next step in her career.”

The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to Marshall University and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.