MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis volleyball head coach Sean Burdette introduced Thursday that Samantha Drewry, Autumn Hamilton and Addyson Huber are becoming a member of the Tigers program for the 2020 marketing campaign.
The trio will increase the UofM’s 2020 signing class to 6. Bailey Houlihan and Loren Robertson signed with the Tigers in November, and Miaya Smith transferred to Memphis over the Christmas break and is enrolled on the college for the 2020 spring semester.
“With this class, we have brought in skilled physical players that have a tremendous upside to grow and improve their skill sets,” stated Burdette, who enters his third season at Memphis this fall. “They are a extremely aggressive bunch and what stands out probably the most is that they’re winners. This class has competed and received on the highest ranges in highschool and membership volleyball. We cannot wait to get them on campus and began in our energy and conditioning program with Coach Darin Lovat.
“These three, along with our fall signees Loren Robertson and Bailey Houlihan, have a lot of common goals. I am excited to start working with them and integrate them into the team when we all get back on campus.”
The following are temporary biographical sketches on the signees and Burdette’s feedback on Drewry, Hamilton and Huber:
5-11 | OH
Chandler, Ariz. | Basha High School
Club: Arizona East Valley Juniors
Three-year starter at Basha High School … Helped lead the Bears to a few-straight 20-win campaigns and three-consecutive journeys to the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Conference 6A state match … Finished profession with 1,289 kills and 1,002 digs … Also had 125 aces … Played in 356 profession units … Graduated within the prime 5 p.c of her class (23/544) with a four.619 grade-level common …
Captained the 2019 Bears squad to the AIA Conference 6A state crown, the primary in class historical past … Posted a double-double of 24 kills and 11 digs in serving to Basha upset No. 1 seed Perry three-2 in a dramatic come-from-behind style (Basha trailed the match 2-zero) … Downed 555 kills and picked up 382 digs in 2019 … Third within the state (all ranges) and second in Conference 6A in kills .. 2019 honors included: MaxPreps.com All-America second staff … PrepVolleyball.com All-American honorable point out … The Arizona Republic’sVolleyball Player of the Year nominee (one of eight finalists) … The Arizona Republic’sAll-Arizona Team … PrepVolleyball Academic All-American third staff … Sports360AZ All-Academic Girls Volleyball Team … 6A All-Conference first staff … 6A All-Premier Region first staff … Chandler Unified School All-District first staff … Two-time MaxPreps.com Player of the Week … House of Payne All-Tournament Team …
As a junior in 2018, had 389 kills and 346 digs in serving to lead the Bears to 27 wins and the quarterfinal spherical of the AIA Conference 6A state match … 2018 honors included: Sports360AZ All-Academic Girls Volleyball Team … 6A All-Premier Region second staff … Chandler Unified School All-District first staff … PrepVolleyball.com Improvement Award Nominee … Also performed for the Bears’ sand volleyball program … Member of the 2019 AIA Division 1 sand volleyball state pairs runner-up …
Played her first season of varsity volleyball as a sophomore in 2017 … Posted 335 kills and 274 digs … Helped Basha to an AIA Conference 6A state match look … 2017 honors included: PrepVolleyball.com Sophomore Special Mention … 6A All-Premier Region honorable point out … Chandler Unified School All-District honorable point out.
Coach Burdette’s feedback on Drewry:“Sam really fit the mold of what we were looking for to fill one of our outside hitter pin positions. She is a 6-rotation player that has very good ball control in serve receive and defensively, as well as seeing the court well offensively. She is a fiery competitor and, with her court vision, possesses a great shot selection against the block and defenders. Sam plays for a great club system in East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club in Tempe. They do a great job of setting up players for success from a physical training aspect to individual skill and team development.”
6-2 | RS
Duluth, Ga. | North Gwinnett High School
Club: A5 Mizuno Volleyball Club
Played 4 seasons of varsity volleyball at North Gwinnett High School (2017-19) and Duluth High School (2016) … Recorded greater than 500 kills and 200 complete blocks in her profession …
In her senior season, helped the Bulldogs to a 20-win marketing campaign and a spot within the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAAA state playoffs … North Gwinnett superior to the GHSA state match second spherical … 2019 honors included: 2019 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Under Armour All-American Watch List … Gwinnett Daily PostAll-County first staff … Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association (GVCA) Senior All-Star List …
Posted her finest statistical season with almost 200 kills and 100 complete blocks in 2018 … Helped lead North Gwinnett to a formidable 39-Eight general document … Squad received the GHSA Class AAAAAAA Area 6 championship (6-zero space document) … Bulldogs superior to the GHSA Class AAAAAAA state match semifinal spherical (closing 4) … 2018 honors included: Gwinnett Daily PostAll-County second staff … MVP School of Sports All-Star …
Played her first season with North Gwinnett in 2017 … Helped the Bulldogs to a 37-6 general document and the GHSA Class AAAAAAA Area 6 crown (7-zero space crown) … As a freshman at Duluth High School, posted greater than 125 kills and 40 complete blocks … Helped lead the Wildcats to a 20-win marketing campaign and a Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAAA state playoffs berth.
Coach Burdette’s feedback on Hamilton:“Autumn is a versatile player that can play both the right side and middle hitter positions. Her immediate impact will be on the right pin, and we will be able to use her strengths of attacking various tempos and setting up a physical block against the opponents’ left side attackers. With her families’ athletic background, Autumn knows what it takes to train day in, day out to perform at a highest levels. Autumn comes from A5 Volleyball Club, a top club nationally, in the Atlanta area that continually produces players ready to compete at the collegiate level.”
6-2 | OH
Erie, Colo. | Erie High School
Club: Colorado Juniors
Four-year member of the varsity volleyball squads at Lyons High School and Erie High School … Transferred to Erie from Lyons previous to her junior yr … Three-year letterwinner … Three-year tutorial letterman and 4-yr honor roll scholar … Two-time Dean’s List scholar … Played at OH, RS and MB for the Tigers …
As a senior, helped lead Erie to this system’s first Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) state match look since 1994 … Earned a spot within the 2019 CHSAA Class 4A state match … Tigers received their first CHSAA state match match in program historical past with a three-2 victory over Cheyenne Mountain … Downed 11 kills in Erie’s historic state match win … Earned CHSAA Academic All-State first staff honors … Named all-state honorable point out … In her first season at Erie, helped the Tigers attain the CHSAA Class 4A/Region 7 match … Named to the CHSAA Academic All-State first staff …
Played her first two prep seasons at Lyons High School … Earned a beginning function as a freshman at MB … Helped the Lions to a 20-win season and the CHSAA Class 2A state match semifinal spherical (closing 4) … Earned CHSAA Academic All-State first staff recognition.
Coach Burdette’s feedback on Huber:“Addyson is another left side pin hitter in this class, and she brings a physical, terminating ability at the net. She has a high contact point, fast arm when attacking and can end points with her block as well. She is another competitive player that has a high volleyball IQ that she’s acquired over the years working and training with several great coaches and club teams. Addyson’s current club, Colorado Juniors, is known for producing physical teams and have had a lot of success qualifying teams to the USA Junior National Championships.”