NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball head coach Brandon Rosenthal announced the signing of two additional players in the late signing period.
Outside hitter Lanie Wagner and libero/defensive specialist Alexis Triplett will join the already signed Logan Gish in Nashville for the 2018 season.
“We are extremely excited about the addition of Lanie and Alexis to our program,” Rosenthal said. “These two will provide us with some height on the outside and depth on the backline, both are areas we needed to fill. I can’t wait to start formulating a plan of how these young women will fit into our program.”
At 6-foot-1, Wagner will provide the Bisons with some much needed height on the outside as current freshman, Megan Kuper, is the tallest outside hitter on the roster at 6-feet.
“Lanie brings considerable height to the outside hitting position,” Rosenthal said. “She’s played at a very high level in club competition and through that, she finds herself in the biggest moments and winning them.”
Wagner comes to Lipscomb as a four-year starter at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona where she helped guide the Gators to the Arizona 6A State Championship as a senior in 2017.
Not only was she named the Team MVP, Wagner also brought home Premier Region Player of the Year and Conference Player of the Year honors. Her team was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 1 in the state of Arizona by MaxPreps.
“I think Lanie is a player that continues to impress and is someone what will make an immediate impact in our gym,” Rosenthal said. “She expects a high level and she is someone that is going to be able to jump right in and want to get better right away. We are looking for athletes that are willing to push themselves to get better.”
As a senior, the two-time team captain hit a career best .332 with 537 kills and averaged 4.5 kills per set while helping the Gators to a 40-3 overall record. She also added 338 digs, 66 blocks and 16 service aces.
Those numbers helped her land 2nd Team All-American honors with MaxPreps and Flo Volleyball, while also being recognized as a Prep Volleyball All-American, an AVCA Under Armor All-America Honorable Mention and a part of the Prep Volleyball “The 150” senior aces.
“With her height and her ability to pay six rotations, Lanie poses a real threat to the opposition just by the way she can move the ball around and score,” Rosenthal said. “She sees the court extremely well and I believe it will add something special to our already diverse offense.”
Wagner has spent seven seasons with Aspire on the club level and earned team captain status five times. She helped Aspire win seven National Qualifiers in 13 chances in her career, including the Northern Lights and SoCal qualifiers in 2016-17.
Triplett comes to Lipscomb by-way of perennial power Assumption High School in Louisville, Kentucky. The 5-foot-5 libero and defensive specialist was instrumental in leading the Rockets to a 2017 Kentucky State Championship over local powers Sacred Heart and Mercy.
Her squad earned a No. 1 national ranking in the final USA TODAY Sports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Super 25 after going 40-3 on the season.
“Alexis is someone we’ve been watching for some time as she’s been committed here for a while,” Rosenthal said. “We are more than excited to finally get to announce this and also show what she brings to our program.
“She competed not only in a very high level club situation at KIVA and MAVA, but also at Assumpiton High School where she won a National Championship in the high school world this past year.”
She earned two varsity letters while guiding AHS to two District Championships and one Regional Title. Triplett earned a spot on the KHSAA All-District Team as a senior after recording 72 service aces to only five errors, and adding 52 digs.
“Alexis is truly a well-rounded defender and someone that’s not afraid of the big moments,” Rosenthal said. “She’s been in situations where she can not only pass and defend, but she brings a level of energy that will help us in big moments. “There is a spunk that Alexis plays with and it’s fun to watch.
“With a fairly young backline situation and the departure of Brittany Thomas, there will be plenty of opportunities for Alexis. We are looking for people who want to be at Lipscomb, and with her, we were able to see that early in her recruiting process.”
Also in 2017, Triplett and the Rockets won the Durango Fall Classic Championship with a 25-16, 25-9 match against Redondo Union.
She is a three-time Principal’s List member with a cumulative GPA of 4.01.
Her favorite club volleyball memories come in 2014 and 2017 when she played at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports while helping her squads to two 2nd-place finishes in the AAU National Championship.
“I am very excited about this class we are bringing to campus,” Rosenthal said. “This is a good day for Lipscomb volleyball.”