Recruiting is a tiresome and necessary job. To get good and stay good, you have to be relentless about luring the best possible talent to your program. It’s a grind.
Below are the players the volleyball and hockey departments netted at the end of their exhausting hunts.
Head coach Chris Green went to the California well twice this summer and pulled out Quinn Barker and Erin Braun.
Barker is a libero hailing from Mission Viejo, Calif. Mark Sanchez played high school football in Mission Viejo. Let’s hope she has better ball placement.
Barker’s appeal also comes from her being a junior college transfer. She played two productive seasons at Central Arizona College.
Braun – the other California kid – stands a shade less than 6 feet and has the athleticism to control the net. She’ll join what’s becoming a stacked line of middle blockers.
Caitlin McInerney is another reason that line is gaining strength. The 5-foot-11 middle blocker from Laramie, Wyo. has a year of community college experienced and was named Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011.
Outside hitter Brook Pottle is making UAA the third stop of her college career. Pottle has logged time at Air Force and Glendale Community College (where she was a Second Team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference selection in 2012).
The roster was rounded out in mid-August with outside hitter/defensive specialist Chelsea Peterson. Peterson is a Juneau native who helped push her high school team to back-to-back Region V titles.
The first class of freshman under new head coach Matt Thomas will be watched closely. Now that he has the reins, Thomas must fill the locker room with players who suit his brand of play.
Stockpiling offensive playmakers appears to be Thomas’ main priority. Forwards Brad Duwe, Dylan Hubbs, Tanner Dusyk, Hudson Friesen and Zack Rassell make up five of the six newcomers.
Duwe, who is a product of Soldotna, spent the last three seasons playing for the Kenai River Brown Bears. He’ll close his NAHL run with 101 points.
Hubbs and Dusyk are both shifty 5-foot-9 Canadian scorers coming out of the AJHL. Hubbs racked up 108 points during his 168-game stay in the league. Dusyk fired off 48 points (including 22 goals) in his closing season.
The last two forwards bring some length to the position. Friesen and Rassell both measure in at 6-foot-2, which makes them the twin towers of this rookie crop.
Friesen earned his spot on the Seawolves by totaling 67 goals and 88 assists in a three-year stretch with the MJHL’s Selkirk Steelers. Rassell left the AJHL on a high note, producing a 54-point season last year.
Chase Van Allen – the classes one and only defensemen – will end his stint with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs to come back to his hometown.