Volleyball Completes 2008 Signing Class
May 20, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina University volleyball head coach Chris Rushing announced today that Jamie Temperino (Hollister, Calif.), Bobbie Jo Stall (San Marcos, Calif.) and Amanda Lutzow (Carpentersville, Ill.) have each signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Pirates beginning in the 2008 season.
Additionally, Kelly Derby (Chapel Hill, N.C.) has declared her commitment to attend and play volleyball at ECU this fall.
Temperino, a 5-10 outside hitter, joins ECU as a Junior College transfer from Gavilan College where she led the team in kills, hitting percentage, blocks and digs. She also holds the school's single-season record for kills, attempts, blocks and digs. Temperino won a variety of awards in 2007, including being named the Coast Conference South MVP, to the All-Coast Conference South Team and garnering selection to the Merced Classic All-Tournament Team. She began her career at Fresno State in 2006 where she led the Bulldogs in blocks and hitting percentage.
"Jamie has experience going for her," said Rushing. "She has played at the Division I and Junior College levels and we know she will bring more experience with her. She is very athletic and a hard worker so we will look for great things from her."
Another Junior College transfer, 5-10 middle blocker Stall, comes to the Pirates from San Diego Mesa College. After redshirting at Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, she moved on to San Diego Mesa, helping the Olympians to a 24-0 record in the Pacific Coast Conference and two conference titles. In 2006, San Diego Mesa earned the Southern California Regional title as well as a fourth-place finish in the California State Championships. Stall was named to the PCC First Team and was team captain in 2007 while finishing with a career hitting percentage of .405 and two PCC Athlete-of-the-Week honors. At San Marcos High School, she captained the team and was named MVP as well as to the Union Tribune All-Academic Team.
"Bobbi Jo plays big at the net," Rushing continued. "She is a very good blocker and has had a high hitting percentage these past couple years at her solid Junior College program. Her experience will help us greatly and we feel that she can step into an impact role immediately."
Lutzow, a 5-10 outside hitter, arrives in Greenville from Dundee-Crown High School where she was three-year Fox Valley All-Conference performer as well as a four-year varsity starter. A Chicago Sun Times Second-Team All-Area selection and Champaign News Gazette Honorable Mention All-State player, the freshman broke the school record for kills in a season and career while finishing her prep years with 95 percent serving and 78 percent dig success rates. Additionally, Lutzow was the Courier News Player-of-the-Year her senior season and was selected to the 2008 Junior Volleyball Director's Association Showcase All-Tournament Team and the 2007 Junior Olympic 17 Open All-Tournament Team.
"Amanda plays for one of the best club teams (Club Fusion) in the country, and has played some of the other top teams as well," Rushing explained. "She has a ton of fight and passion for the game and her ball control skills and smarts will help us tremendously."
A 6-1 outside hitter, Derby was a four-year letterwinner at Chapel Hill High School. She was team captain in 2007, leading the Tigers to the North Carolina 4A sectional finals while earning PAC 6 All-Conference and team MVP honors. A Chapel Hill High School Scholar-Athlete, Derby won the Tiger Award and was selected to the Chapel Hill Invitational and Senior Red and Blue All Stars All-Tournament Teams.
"Kelly is a big player with a good amount of athleticism," Rushing finished. "She has not had the high-level experience as have the other recruits, but when she does get the practice and playing time in our gym these next few years, she will turn into a wonderful and dominating player."
Temperino, Stall, Lutzow and Derby complete the 2008 recruiting class, joining Briana Fleener who signed with the Pirates in December.