PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 17, 2013) – The Rutgers volleyball team has added two student-athletes to its roster for the 2014 season, announced head coach C.J. Werneke. Setter Talia Holze (Wheaton, Ill.) and outside hitter Madison “Meme” Fletcher (Overland Park, Kan.) will attend Rutgers in the 2014-15 academic year.
“We are excited about adding both Talia and Meme, as they are both very experienced players that have played at the highest levels of their clubs for a number of years,” said Werneke. “We are looking forward to adding their competitiveness and drive to our program. We are expecting them to make an immediate impact and to achieve great accomplishments in the future.”
Holze Notes – High School: three-year varsity letterwinner … varsity team captain and team-leader in kills and aces in her senior season … led her team to the regional finals, where it finished as runner-ups … named captain and most improved player of the Warrenville South High School freshman team (2010) … three-time academic all-conference team selection … special mention for DuPage Valley Conference All-Area Team (2011) … Honorable Mention DuPage Valley Conference All-Area Team (2012) … DuPage Valley Conference All-Area Team (2013) … 2013 Wheaton Classic All-Tournament Team selection … 2013 Suburban Life Central All-Area girls volleyball team … Academic Excellence Award recipient each semester … J. Kyle Braid Nominee … athletic leadership council member … Club: competes for Sports Performance, one of the top club programs in the country … Personal: intends to major in psychology and education … has two siblings: Jenna and Valerie … daughter of Beverly and Larry Holze.
Werneke on Holze – “We are very excited to add Talia to our program, as she has the size and athleticism at the setter position that we will need moving forward into the Big Ten conference. She is a confident setter that is getting great training at Sports Performance, one of the best club programs in the country, especially for training and producing great setters. She will add to our depth at the setter position, as we expect her to contribute right way and add competition in that position as well.”
Fletcher Notes – High School: four-year varsity starter at Blue Valley West High School … team captain … compiled 1088 kills in her career, including 373 in her senior season alone … team reached the KS 6A Substate Championships in 2010 and 2011 and finished fifth both times … named to the Kansas all-state tournament team in both 2010 and 2011 … earned Kansas 6A All-State Second Team accolades in both 2011 and 2012 … named to the Kansas Coaches Assoc. 6A All-State First Team in 2013 … Eastern Kansas League First Team in both 2012 and 2013 … finished as the EKL Conference kills leader in 2013… named to the Mo Kan All-Tournament Team in 2013 … 2013 Mo Kan All-Star Team … named to the Eastern Kansas League Second Team in 2011 … named to the AVCA Phenom List and the Under Armour High School All-American Watch List … nominated for Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year (2012) and the Evelyn Gates Award (KC Best Volleyball Athlete- 2013) … 2011 EKL Scholar Athlete (Spring/Fall) … Prepvolleyball.com honors include: 2010- Frosh 59, 2011- Soph 79 (High Honorable Mention), 2012- 2014 Top Recruits (Honorable Mention) and 2013- Senior Ace … Club: competed in six consecutive USA Volleyball National Championships and qualified in the open division during 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s with club team KC Power… 2011 season- finished fifth in the 15 open division at Nationals, third at the Show Me Tournament in the15 open division and fourth at the Colorado Crossroads Tournament in the 15 open division … 2012 season- finished fifth in the 16 open division at Nationals, second at the Northern Lights Tournament in the 16 open division and second at the MEQ in the 16 open division … 2013 season- won the SoCal Qualifier at Las Vegas in the 17 open division, finished second at the Northern Lights Tournament in the 17 open division and finished third at the Show Me Tournament in the 17 open division … Personal: intends to major in broadcast journalism … has two siblings: Lindsey and Jay … daughter of Jerold and Kelly Fletcher … father, Jerold, played outside linebacker for the Missouri Tigers football team from 1986-1991and also played in the Colorado “Fifth Down” game.
Werneke on Fletcher – “Meme is a very skilled outside hitter that is a true six-rotation player. Anytime a program can add a player that has the skill set to play all the way around, it’s going to make a positive impact on that team. We are looking forward to having Meme make that impact; she plays with a passion and enthusiasm that really caught our attention. She is a tremendous back row player as she has great instincts and vision defensively. Meme also shows composure and confidence in her passing game. She is a well-rounded attacker who can hit with power, but has the ability to move the ball around and keep the defense off-balance.”
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