Virginia Elite Alumni, Where Are They Now?
February 20, 2019
Virginia Elite is very proud of the recruiting accomplishments of our athletes.
It is our goal that each and every athlete who desires to play at the next level, has the opportunity to do so. Along with facilitating opportunity, we also strive to assist each athlete in finding the school which is the right fit for them. We work to ensure that athletes are finding institutions that not only meet their volleyball goals but also their academic and personal interests. We are proud of every athlete who graduates with us and goes on to play across all divisions of collegiate volleyball.
We’ve decided to look in on some of our athletes who are currently in the midst of their college careers!
VA Elite Class of 2015:
Michelle Abt - Michelle was named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll as she tallied a career best 196 kills and 46 aces. She finished 3rd on the team in kills and second in aces. Michelle’s 222 digs ranked third most on the team.
Alexis Coombs - Four year varsity letter winner and started every match since her freshman year. Not only was she an impact freshman throughout her four year collegiate career, Alexis also lead the team in total blocks her junior year and second on the team in kills her senior year.
Taylor van der Biezen - Three year starter and 3 time all Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic team and named to the MAAC All tournament Team. Taylor finished 10th on the single-season assists lists with 1,086 assists. Taylor also finished 5th on the all-time assists list with 2,753 assists and 8th on the all-time service aces list with 111 aces!
VA Elite Class of 2016:
- Lauren Twitty - A two-year starter and named the Mountain West Conference player of the week multiple times. Lauren led the team in kills and aces, while being second in digs and third on the team in total blocks. She was a two-time Mountain West All-Conference team recipient.
VA Elite Class of 2017:
- Emmaline Walters - Named academic ALL Big-Ten team and helped her team to a Division I Final Four appearance.
- Sabrina Lancaster - Two year starter who lead the team in kills and was 5th in both digs and aces.
VA Elite Class of 2018:
Kasey Eastland - Played in 27 matches as a freshman, starting 12 of them. Kasey was 5th on the team in digs and helped her team to a Division II elite eight appearance.
Allison Franke - Started a majority of the season as a freshman and was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year, AVCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team, Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year and All Centennial Conference First Team.
Elena Shklyar - Appeared in all 33 matches, playing 108 sets as a freshman. In MSU’s Freshman record book, both Elena’s 859 assists and 7.96 assists per set ranked seventh for a debut season.
Cat Vaccaro - Started and played in all 30 matches, playing 119 sets as a freshman. Finished the season 4th in total kills (188), 5th in blocks (75); and helping Loyola University Maryland finish third in the Division I Patriot League, making their first-ever appearance in the Patriot League playoffs
Andersen Vaughan - Started a majority of the season as a freshman, lead the team in assists and assists per set. Anderson was also named America East Conference Rookie of the Year.