Eden Murray and Maddie Marshall sign on as freshman to begin their collegiate careers while Nicole Sumida and Kristy Wieser continue theirs as sophomore transfers.
Murray comes to Chattanooga from Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Ga. A four-year starter, Murray led the Lions to a 1A Runner-Up finish in the 2013 State Tournament following back-to-back region championships.
“Eden brings a winning tradition to our team,” Filar said. “She adds a ton of depth at middle blocker and right side, and is a very versatile player. We expect her to attack with a lot of power.”
Murray was named to the Gwinnett County First Team 2011-13 and All-State First Team in 2012 and 2013. As a junior in 2012, she was deemed Georgia’s 1A Player of the Year. The incoming-freshman was also an all-star in the classroom, achieving a 3.6 G.P.A. and was a member of the National Junior Honors Society.
Along with Murray, fellow freshman Marshall signs on with the Mocs after three years at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Mo. A three-sport star, Marshall lettered in swimming, track and volleyball with the Chiefs – including all-state honors all four years with the swim team.
“Maddie is a well-rounded athlete,” Filar said. “She will compete for a spot in the backcourt as a libero and defensive specialist. She is very gifted, a leader and is very mature as a freshman.”
Marshall’s volleyball honors include four years on the All-State Academic Team and All-Conference Honorable Mention during her senior campaign. She was a three-season varsity star.
The final two additions come courtesy of transfer. Sumida was at Butler, while Wieser leaves Nebraska-Omaha for the Scenic City.
Sumida is a Chattanooga native and returns home after redshirting at Butler in 2013. A Baylor High School graduate, the 6-foot-3 redshirt-sophomore spent her freshman year with Lee University. While wearing a Flames’ uniform, Sumida was named the SSAC Freshman of the Year.
“Nicole is another great addition to our roster,” Filar said. “She presents a major problem for opponents because of her height. She is going to really help us with her presence in the middle and right side. She has great experience and will play a lot of first-tempo sets.”
While with Lee, Sumida lead the Flames with 47 aces and also totaled 122 digs. She finished 2012 with 363 kills and 125 blocks. Nicole was a member of the Choo-Choo City club team prior to beginning her college career.
The Mocs add another middle blocker/right-side with Wieser, transferring after spending one season in Omaha. The 6-foot-2 Lincoln Pius X graduate is a former high schoolteammate of sophomore Anne Bachmann (Lincoln, Neb.).
“Kristy is a dynamic attacker that brings a lot of physicality to the team,” Filar said. “We saw her play early while we were recruiting Anne. The two had great chemistry and communication on the court, and that stuck with me. She is going to bring a great attack as well as a great blocking game to Chattanooga.”
As a freshman in 2013, Wieser started 20 matches and appeared in 84 sets. She averaged 1.45 kills and 1.98 digs per set. Wieser recorded a season-high 10 kills in a 3-0 win over Stetson and also posted a season-high 18 digs against South Dakota State.
The Mocs open their season Aug. 29 in Houston, Texas against Tulsa. Chattanooga hosts its first home match Sept. 2 against Kennesaw State.