The UB Women's Volleyball team announced 7 recruits for the upcoming 2014 season, very good news since six seniors graduated, leaving some pretty big vacancies on the roster.
The biggest need they needed to fill was at the crucial setter position after the graduation of Dani Reinert, and first year coach Reed Sunahara found an experienced setter in transfer Marissa Prinzbach, a two-year starter at the University of Connecticut. There's a saying in volleyball that when your setter has a bad game, everyone has a bad game. Conversely, there's no better feeling than knowing that the setter position is in good hands. The only other setter on the roster is sophomore Megan Lin, who only played in three games as a freshman, and picked up only seven assists.
The other six recruits are all freshman, and its always difficult to say how a player's high school bio will translate into Division I success, and I won't attempt to do so. There are three defensive specialists among the incoming freshman, hopefully filling another big need for Buffalo after the graduation of MAC Defensive Player of the Year Kelly Svoboda.
Also of note among the incoming freshman is Middle Blocker Hannah Varley, listed at 6-3, which is rather tall by MAC standards. Buffalo in recent years has had a rather short front line compared to its MAC opponents. Varley, plus the return from injury of 6-2 redshirt junior Sable Staller could give Buffalo a front line that rivals any other front line in the MAC in terms of height.