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Volleyball Welcomes Four for 2012 Season
Head coach Nadia Edwards welcomes four in its 2012 recruiting class.

Head coach Nadia Edwards welcomes four in its 2012 recruiting class.

Nov. 16, 2011

CHICAGO – Head coach Nadia Edwards and the DePaul volleyball program have announced today that Abbie Fleener, Callie Huebener, Tyler Graham, and Aubree Hord have all signed National Letters of Intent and will enroll at DePaul for the 2012-13 school year.

This 2012 class is expected bolster the Blue Demons’ versatility on the court next season. Fleener and Huebener look to contribute on the offensive front while Graham and Hord are defensive specialists.

“I’m really excited about the 2012 class coming in,” Edwards said. “They are a very talented class and highly-recruited by other competitive institutions. They play for good programs and we’re hoping they bring that confidence—that winning experience—to DePaul.”

Fleener joins the Blue Demons from Forest Hills Central High School under head coach Katie Fuelling in Forest Hills, Mich. Fleener served as a middle hitter for the Rangers, a team that went 27-16 in 2011. In both 2010 and 2009, Fleener earned all-conference, all-state, and all-region honors while being named Best Attacker at the 2009 PrepVolleyball.com Classic in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. She also competed for the Michigan Volleyball Academy—the same club team as current Blue Demon Allyson Rooks.

“Abbie is very versatile—she can play middle and right side,” Edwards said regarding the signee. “Right now she plays all the way around, passes, and can hit in the back row.”

“It’s going to be exciting to have Abbie come in and be an offensive weapon for us,” the second-year head coach continued. “We’re going to be able to use her skills in so many ways.”

Huebener is another addition for the Blue Demons offense in 2012.  A local product out of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., Huebener led her high school team with 211 kills, 311 digs with and 50 service aces in 2011.

“Callie comes from a very strong, well-known club here in Chicago – Sports Performance,” Edwards noted. “She also played on a very competitive high school team.”

Current Blue Demons Natalie Rizzo and Kelsey Bowler also previously competed for Sports Performance. Edwards noted the importance of drawing interest from the local Chicago-area talent stating that, “it’s good to start keeping the stronger players in the area here in Chicago.”

On what she brings to the table, Edwards said that Huebener “is a six-rotation outside hitter. We're looking to Callie, with her background, training, expertisem, and club experience, to come in and contribute as an offensive threat."

DePaul’s defensive effort looks to be bolstered next season by the additions of Graham and Hord.

“Tyler is going to be competing for the defensive specialist/libero spot on our team,” Edwards said about the three-year captain at Boulder High School in Boulder, Colo. “She’s gone through a very strong club program and has had a lot of great mentors working with her.”

Graham was named to the all-conference and all-region first teams in both her junior and senior seasons at Boulder. Graham excelled off the court as well, earning first team academic all-state honors in both seasons as an upperclassman.

Though she was a four-year varsity starter at the outside hitter position, Graham will move to a defensive specialist role at DePaul. She registered 306 digs in her senior season as an outside hitter, the eighth-most digs in the state.

"Tyler is the type of player who will never let a ball drop in her presence," Edwards continued. "Her persistent attitude is going to make others around her better."

Hord is the final signee of the 2012 class. Hailing from the Cincinnati area, Hord competed at Mount Notre Dame High School and competed with the highly-regarded club, Team Z, as a setter and defensive specialist.

“Aubree is an all-around ball control player,” Edwards said. “She can pass, she can play defense, she can set.  For her, she’d be coming in helping us in those positions.”

Hord, whose Mount Notre Dame squad recently won its sixth Ohio state championship after defeating defending state champion Toledo St. Ursula Academy (who had won 48 straight contests before the loss), will be able to contribute to the Blue Demons in many aspects of the game.

“I’ve been pretty impressed by her ball control from day one,” Edwards said. “I’m excited for her contributions at the next level here.”