HUNTINGDON - Juniata College has received seven commitments from student-athletes who will continue their education at Juniata while competing as members of the two-time NCAA Division III national champion women's volleyball team.
The seven newest members of the Juniata women's volleyball are, in alphabetical order, Stephanie Dodson, Amelia Kepler, Kelci Scannapieco, Catherine Scholl, Christine Sumner, Rachel Szeyller and Brittani Young.
"I believe this incoming class has a very nice blend of size, athletic ability, quickness, and maturity," said Juniata head coach Heather Pavlik. "We addressed some positional needs and rounded out an already-competitive roster with not only great athletes, but some great students as well and future Juniata community leaders."
Dodson, a 5-4 defensive specialist and libero at Altoona, is a two-time first-team all-state selection. She is also a three-year first-team District 6 honoree and a three-year Independent Volleyball League All-Conference team selection. She served as captain for the 2009 and 2010 Altoona teams, and holds the all-time career digs record (1877) for the Lady Spikers.
Also on her resume is a distinguished career with the Altoona Juniors Volleyball Club.
"Stephanie is a wonderful athlete whose speed and explosiveness will be an immediate asset for us defensively," Pavlik said. "She has also become a very good passer over the last couple of years. What has always impressed me the most is the passion and intensity with which she plays the game. Because of these qualities, she is a perfect fit for this program."