CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Chattanooga head volleyball coach Lisa Rhodes announced on Wednesday that Laura Brock of Chattanooga, Kirsten Beasley of Bushland, Texas, Meagan Ernd of Munster, Ind. and Paula Passmore of Merritt Island, Fla., have signed national letters of intent to play for the Lady Mocs. The four new members of the team will join Christina Teter and Heather Parman to complete the 2009 signing class.
The signing of the four new players marks the end of a productive spring season for the volleyball squad.
“It has been a challenge this spring to fill the void left by our three seniors from last season,” Rhodes said. “This spring season has given us a lot to work on and it gave some of our players a chance to get some quality playing time. With this class coming in, we are excited about these girls coming in. All four of them have a chance to immediately step on the floor and make an impact on our team.”
Brock comes to UTC as a transfer from Middle Tennessee State and redshirted last season for the Blue Raiders. The 5-foot-9 sophomore is a Chattanooga native and played at East Ridge High School under Catherine Neely. At East Ridge High School Brock set the state record for career kills and is second on the all-time list for service aces. She is expected to compete at outside hitter for the Lady Mocs next season.
“I am excited that she is going to have three years of eligibility for us,” said Rhodes. “She is a very skilled player and the experience she will bring from MTSU should really be a plus. I expect her to come in and do great things in the Southern Conference.”
Beasley is a 5-foot-8 outside hitter and defensive specialist from Bushland High School in Bushland, Texas. Beasley is currently a senior at BHS and has a 4.0 grade point average. While in high school she was also a member of the softball and track teams.
“Kirsten can do a little bit of everything for us if we need her to. She can set and hit from the outside and her ball control is really good. She played high-quality volleyball in Texas and we are excited to have her step in our areas of need.”
The Lady Mocs added another outside hitter in Meagan Ernd. Ernd is a 6-foot senior at Andrean High School, where she was named to the all-conference team this past season. She is a two-year captain at AHS and was the team’s MVP in 2007.
“Meagan brings a lot of strength and power to the outside. She is big, strong and her size will definitely make her a contender for one of our outside hitter positions,” Rhodes claimed.
Passmore will have the task of replacing outgoing senior and NCAA record holder Lara Newberry at the libero position. Passmore is a 5-foot-6 senior from Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Fla., where she was the 2009 MIHS MVP of the Year. She has been a captain for three seasons at her alma mater and was the defensive MVP all four years in high school.
“Paula has big shoes to fill coming in and she knows that. She is an outstanding player that brings a lot of energy to the floor. She is a great server and has experience at all three of the back row positions. I believe she is up for the challenge and we are really excited to have her.”
All four players will be available for the 2009 season.