Top-100 trio to join Razorbacks in 2013
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Three of the top 100 prep players in the country have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of Arkansas volleyball team. With Wednesday's signings, head coach Robert Pulliza welcomes the additions of Danielle Harbin, Breana Jones and Megan Mollett to the Razorback program. This marks the fifth recruiting class for Pulliza.
All three Arkansas signees are positioned within PrepVolleyball's 2012 Senior Aces Top 100 list. Jones is ranked No. 52, while Harbin is ranked No. 78 and Mollett is ranked No. 97.
Harbin is a 6-1 middle blocker/outside hitter from Mobile, Ala., where she plays for McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. As a senior, she guided the Yellow Jackets to the semifinals of Alabama's Elite Eight State Tournament. In leading McGill-Toolen to the Alabama State Tournament semifinals, Harbin was named to the all-tournament team. Most recently, she was named to the Under Armour Girls' High School All-America team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Harbin was also an All-Mobile County performer and received Player of the Week honors during her senior season. As a junior, Harbin was selected to the 2011 PrepVolleyball All-Americans list. Following a standout 2010 season, Harbin was recognized as a member of the PrepVolleyball Soph 79 as one of the top varsity sophomores in the country. That year, she was also a Birmingham News First-Team All-State and All-County selection.
Jones is a 6-2 middle blocker from Peachtree, Ga., where she was a two-year varsity starter for McIntosh High School. During her senior season, she helped lead the Chiefs to the Class AAAAA finals of the Georgia state tournament. From her middle blocker position, Jones finished the year with First Team-All-State and All-Area accolades.
For her performance throughout the year, including a .421 hitting percentage, Jones was named the team's Most Valuable Player and a GVCA Senior All-Star selection. As a junior, she was a member of the All-Area First Team, earned All-State Honorable Mention and won her first team MVP award. Jones has club experience with both Tsunami and Atlanta Crush.
Mollett is a 5-9 outside hitter from McKinney, Texas, where she is a four-year varsity starter for Boyd High School. Mollett and the Lady Broncos won the District 10-5A title and, on Friday, will be playing in the semifinal round of the Texas 5A State Tournament. She helped Boyd to its first-ever state tournament appearance last season when the team advanced to the state finals.
Following her junior season, Mollett was named to MaxPreps' All-America Third Team and was selected as the Outstanding Hitter of the Year for the state of Texas by LonestarVolleyball.com. In addition, she earned Class 5A All-State, All-Tournament Team and District 10-5A Most Valuable Player accolades in 2011. She also joined Harbin as a 2011 PrepVolleyball All-American. Mollett was named the District 8-5A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman and, as a sophomore, was touted the District 10-5A Blocker of the Year. She plays club for Skyline Juniors with past ties to Instinct VBC.
The Razorbacks are building off last year's recruiting class that was ranked No. 26 by PrepVolleyball.com, the highest ranking in program history. That class included current Arkansas freshmen Monica Bollinger, Liz Fortado, Ana Sofia Jusino, Summer Morgan and Adrien Wohlschlaeger.
Arkansas, currently ranked No. 25 in the RPI, is 19-8 overall this season with a 10-6 record in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks close out their home schedule this weekend with matches at Barnhill Arena against Georgia and Ole Miss.