Volleyball recruiting class earns high honorable mention
Friday, May 20, 2016
By Mark McGee
Volleyball recruiting class earns high honorable mention

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb’s 2016 recruiting class has received a high honorable mention rating from PrepVolleyball.com.

This is the third year in a row a Lipscomb recruiting class has received highest or high honorable mention.

There are two freshmen in the 2016 recruiting class – Morgan Elmore, a 5-foot-11 setter from Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky and Maddie Phillips, a 6-2 middle blocker from Memorial High in Houston, Texas.

“When you are recognized on the front end by your peers I think that is great,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It is not necessarily this year’s award, but that for several years in a row we have done this.”

Rosenthal credited Billy Ebel, associate head coach; assistant coach Justin Beachy; and former assistant coach Ann Armes, who now serves as director of sports nutrition, for their hard work on the recruiting trail.

“Over the past couple of years they have done a great job in assembling this class,” Rosenthal said. “It is a small class with Morgan and Maddie, but they are two very good freshmen.

“They are going to make an impact right away. And that is really exciting.”

As the starting setter on the varsity for four seasons Elmore made a school record 4,945 assists and helped direct the Mercy team to a 142-21 record. She also accumulated 1,652 digs, 654 kills, 234 blocks and 110 aces.

“Morgan is one of the premier, and I mean premier, setters in the country,” Rosenthal said. “She has won a national championship at both the high school level and the club level.

“She understands the game extremely well. She plays at a very high level. It is fun to see someone of her caliber recognize what we have and want to jump in and make this program even better.”

Phillips has put up strong numbers in a variety of categories and continues to elevate her level of play. In three high school seasons Phillips has 669 kills, 130 solo blocks, 171 block assists and 37 service aces.

“I think the best years are to come for Maddie,” Rosenthal said. “She is a very mature and driven athlete. She is somebody who is going to fit well into our system. She brings a tremendous amount of energy, not only on the court but the way she goes about her everyday life.

“She scores pretty well. She has a very fast arm. It is going to be fun because I think she has the motor that it takes to play in our gym and at our level. When push comes to shove she is going to be able to turn it on. She will be pushed every day and she is going to respond. That fast arm and her motor will give her a lot of opportunities to score.”

A panel of college coaches from across the country provides input into making the final rankings.