July 24, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Bella Borgiotti, Dayna Kramer, Ashley McRae and Halee Wright have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play volleyball and attend East Carolina University beginning in the fall of 2013, according to an announcement by head coach Julie Torbett on Wednesday.
All four student-athletes will be incoming freshman at the start of the 2013 season, which begins on Friday, August 30, at the Wake Forest Deacon Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. The Pirates home opener is slated for Friday, September 6, at 7 p.m., when ECU hosts The Citadel in the East Carolina Classic.
Bella Borgiotti, Freshman, Setter, 5-10, Vienna, Va., George C. Marshall High School
Borgiotti comes to ECU from Marshall High School where she was a four-year letter winner in volleyball under head coach Chad Brusek. While playing for the Statesmen, Borgiotti was named Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of her senior season. She also saw action for the Virginia Elite Vipers Club team under head coach Michael Burch.
Coach Torbett on Borgiotti
"Bella is fun to watch. She comes from a volleyball family and has been well-trained. Her volleyball IQ is very high. I think, with some refinement and realistic expectations, she will emerge as a phenomenal player for East Carolina Volleyball."
Dayna Kramer, Freshman, Right Side, 6-1, San Antonio, Texas, Ronald Reagan High School
Kramer is a three-time district champion out of Reagan High School where she led the Rattlers to the 2012 Pearland Championships. She also helped her squad to the 2011 Regional finals as well as the 2010 Regional semifinals. The four-time Academic All-District student-athlete was named to the Second Team All-District squad as a sophomore in 2010. Kramer also gained experience on the club team Alamo Kaepa under head coach Phil Jackson where she led her team to a first-place finish at the 2013 Lone Star Regionals and 11th place at the 2013 Junior Nationals.
Coach Torbett on Kramer
"Dayna is a nicely skilled player. We think she will develop into a solid player for us. I am pleased she chose East Carolina and look forward to working with her this season."
Ashley McRae, Freshman, Middle Blocker, 5-9, Silver Spring, Md., Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
A three-year letterwinner at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, McRae played in all 56 sets as a senior and posted 117 kills to rank second on the team. Additionally, she put up 50 solo blocks and posted a hitting percentage of .389 in 2012. She was nominated for the Country's Senior All-Star game and named a Gazette Honorable Mention selection. McRae was second on the squad in kills (94) and recorded 35 totals blocks with 27 solo blocks as a junior at Bethesda. She also gained experience playing club volleyball with the Metro American 18 Travel club under the direction of head coach Silvia Johnson.
Coach Torbett on McRae
"Ashley is a phenomenal athlete who we hope will come in and contribute immediately. She is a player that is still learning the game with a very high ceiling. I am personally looking forward to watching her develop."
Halee Wright, Freshman, Defensive Specialist/Libero, 5-5, Fletcher, N.C., Reynolds High School
Wright will enter her freshman year at East Carolina after earning First Team All-Conference honors and MVP accolades as a senior at Reynolds High School. In her junior season, she garnered Second Team All-Conference honors and was named Max Preps Player of the Week. In her four years at Reynolds, Wright helped the Rockets to the third round of the playoffs in all four seasons and helped her squad capture the conference championship as a freshman in 2009.
Coach Torbett on Wright
"Halee is a multi-sports athlete that is feisty and determined. We have worked with her before at the club level where she showed great promise. It's exciting to have her here and part of the program."