PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 12, 2012) – The Rutgers volleyball program added two student-athletes to the 2013 roster, head coach CJ Werneke announced Wednesday. Both Lauren Cloyd (Champaign, Ill.) and Cole Trimble (Orlando, Fla.) will join the squad next fall.
Lauren Cloyd, Middle Blocker, 6-3
Champaign, Ill. (Centennial)
Notes: Four-year varsity letterwinner at Centennial … selected First Team All-State as a senior … named 2012 All-Area Player of the Year and All-Area First Team … earned Big 12 Conference First Team accolades … named MVP at the Effingham Crossroads Tournament and was on the all-tournament teams at the Charger Invite and the Wilmington Invite … selected All-Area Special Mention and Big 12 All-Conference Honorable Mention as a junior and a sophomore … picked as Centennial High School Offensive Player of the Year as a junior … named to Charger Invite and Wilmington Invite All-Tournament teams in 2010 as a sophomore, as well as the best blocker at the Sports Performance National Junior Classic … lettered all four years in basketball … member of the National Honor Society and a three-year winner of the Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete Award and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Scholastic Achievement Award.
Werneke on Cloyd: “Lauren is a dominating middle that adds size and a physical presence to the program. She is a grinder with a blue-collar mindset that likes to work hard. She is looking forward to playing in the Big Ten when it comes and is not shying away. It’s nice to add a player with natural-born work ethic to the program.”
Cole Trimble, Outside Hitter/Right Side, 6-0
Orlando, Fla. (Lake Highland Prep)
Notes: Named to the All-Metro Conference Team in 2011 and 2012 … earned a spot on the 2012 Under Armour All-American Watch List … ranked the No. 7 player on the Bright House Sports Network’s Top 20 Volleyball Player Countdown … tallied 99 kills in her senior season … member of AAU National Championship winning squads in the 14, 15 and 17 Open divisions … competed in seven consecutive USAV National Championship Tournaments with the Orlando Volleyball Academy (OVA) … helped the team to a fifth place finish at the USAV National Championships in 2012, while also being named the Big South Champions (17-Open) and the Mideast JNQ Champions (17-Open) … earned a bronze medal with OVA in at the USAV National Championships in 2009 (14 Open) and 2011 (16 Open) … earned eight varsity letters to date between volleyball, track (long jump, triple jump and high jump), flag football and basketball … volunteers at three schools to help teach young kids … works as a part-time assistant coach for an OVA 12s team … founded the Lake Highland Prep Outdoor Volleyball Club … served on student council … selected as a safety ambassador to the Orange County Sheriff Resource Office … participated in student-athlete leadership training at Lake Highland Prep.
Werneke on Trimble: “Cole is a multi-position athlete. I really like her flexibility to play different positions. She is dedicating this club season to playing as an outside hitter. She is a great teammate both on and off the court who understands that nothing is given and everything is earned. We’re excited to get her in the program.”
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