Volleyball signs USA Junior National teammates
AUSTIN, Texas -- Consistently recognized for recruiting top national classes, Texas Volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott has again landed one of the nation's top recruiting classes, signing the two of the top three prep players in the country to National Letters of Intent to attend The University of Texas. Juliann Faucette, a 6-2 outside/opposite hitter from San Diego, Calif. and Jennifer Doris, a 6-5 middle blocker from Houston, Texas will enroll at UT in the fall of 2007.
Faucette and Doris are ranked as the No. 2 and No. 3 national recruits by PrepVolleyball.com.
"We're ecstatic to bring in two of the top three players in the country," Elliott said. "The international experience and the talent that Doris and Faucette possess will continue to elevate Texas in the national spotlight for years to come."
In August, Faucette and Doris helped the USA Women's Junior National Team win a gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Women's Junior Championships in Mexico.
Faucette, who is ranked as the No. 2 national recruit, attends Westview High School in San Diego and plays her travel ball for Epic volleyball club. The current senior is a four-year starter for Westview and along with Doris, competed for the USA National Team at the Azteca Cup this past September.
"Faucette has grown so much in the last year and she has the potential to be one of the best outside hitters in the country," Elliott noted. "She is a very athletic and physical player with great work ethic, who will have an immediate impact on our program."
The daughter of former San Diego Chargers linebacker Chuck Faucette, she was the second highest scorer on the US Junior National team this past summer. Faucette, who is a former track star, touches 10'5", and has twice been named all-league at Westview. Although, she attends school in California, Faucette has Texas ties, spending her summers with her father in Dallas.
Doris, the third-ranked recruit, plays with the Willowbrook travel team out of Houston and attends Cypress Falls High School. She is a true middle blocker who touches 10'7" and has played internationally for the USA National (2006, Azteca Cup), USA Junior National (2006) and USA Youth National teams (2005).
"Jen Doris has a tremendous work ethic and she loves to be in the gym, preparing herself for the next level," commented Elliott. "She is a great blocker with a high volleyball IQ and with added strength she will become one of the premier middle blockers in the country."
In 2006, Doris was named Lonestarvolleyball.com First-Team All-State with her Willowbrook club team and was a named all-district as a sophomore at Cypress Falls. Doris holds the school's single-season records in kills (378), solo blocks (35) and block assists (62).
"We are very excited to have two great young women with great knowledge and experience in our program, Elliott concluded. "Both of our recruits are great competitors and they will be impact players at Texas."
Texas' stellar recruiting class follows the second-ranked class the Horns brought in for the fall of 2006.