HARRISONBURG, Va., June 18, 2012 – Incoming James Madison volleyball freshman MacKenzie Kleespies (Lincoln University, Pa./Avon Grove) was named a First Team Dandy Lion selection by PrepVolleyball.com. The list is part of PrepVolleyball.com’s Defensive Dandies series and recognizes players who were all-around players in high school or club, but project as back row specialists at the next level.
The website honored five teams of 12 players each with a number of other players receiving honorable mention. The players were nominated by their high school or club with the only restriction being that the players must generally be considered one of the 10-best defensive players in her state regardless of class year or school classification.
“We are very proud of MacKenzie for being one of the top 12 players in the country named a First Team Dandy Lion for her efforts throughout her senior year,” Head Volleyball Coach Lauren Steinbrecher said. “She has put in the hard work on the court to be a superb six-rotation player. We are really looking forward to having Mac and our 2012 commitments join the JMU family in August!”
Kleespies is a four-time First Team All-State selection at Avon Grove High School and led her team with 738 kills and 564 digs in 110 games in 2011. She adds this recognition to her PrepVolleyball.com All-America Special Mention accolade from March. She also collected AAU All-America honors and All-Tournament recognitions at the USA Volleyball Girls National tournament.
Kleespies and six other freshmen join the roster in 2012 and look to help JMU build on a 42-19 record over the past two seasons.
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