CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Carolina volleyball program will add four newcomers to the class of 2017, head coach Joe Sagula announced Friday.
The Tar Heels will welcome Abigail Curry, Sheila Doyle, Tatiana Durr and Warner Tidwell for the 2013 season. The four will join 13 returning UNC players, including Paige Neuenfeldt, who was named AVCA All-America honorable mention and both ACC and AVCA Region Freshman of the Year.
"I am very excited about this volleyball class entering Carolina this coming fall because they are all proven winners on the court at their respective clubs and high schools, and are all exceptional students as well," Sagula said. "All four players have played at a very high level and are well prepared to add to our team depth.
"They also have the work ethic and the focus that will add to the established values of this team and will allow UNC to continue to move up in national rankings and compete at the highest levels. Our team is committed to the new Strategic Plan for Carolina athletics and this class will help represent our future and the goals we are prepared to meet."
UNC closed out the 2012 campaign with a 26-6 overall mark, finishing third in the ACC with a 16-4 conference record after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
UNC will play in four tournaments this spring, including a home tournament on April 20. The Tar Heels' annual spring banquet will be held on Sunday, April 21, in the Pope Box at Kenan Stadium.
Stay tuned to GoHeels.com for more information on Carolina throughout the spring.
CAROLINA VOLLEYBALL CLASS OF 2017:
Setter • Plano, Texas • Plan West Senior • Dallas Skyline (Club)
Named to Prep Volleyball Senior Ace Top 150 • Named to 2012 Texas All-State team and Texas All Star team • 2012 Plano West Character Award recipient • Named the MVP for the 2011 17 Open Dallas Skyline team • Three-time Skyline Award recipient • Named District 5A first team • Named MVP of 2011 Plano West team • Named 10-5a Setter of the District two times • 2012 USAV HP A2 Holiday Camp Selection.
"Abbey is a very talented setter who knows the game and understands the game at a very high level," Sagula said. "She will be able to make an impact because of her volleyball knowledge and the leadership she can provide on the court early in her career. Abbey is an excellent student and is a proven winner. She has been successful at leading both her school and club teams to the highest levels at the state and junior national championships. Her strengths and experiences are a good fit for our system and will definitely add another dimension to our team's success."
Libero • La Grange Park, Ill. • Benet Academy • First Alliance (Club)
Starting libero for two-time Class 4A state championship teams • Named to the 2012 Mizuno/Volleyball Girls' High School All-America first team • Named Academic All State in 2012 • New Gazette first team All State and Chicago Sun first team All Area • Naperville Sun Player of the Year • Named SportstownChicago.com All Star • Named PrepVolleyball.com Defensive Dandy in 2011 • National Honor Society member, Benet Academy Honor Roll, and student government class representative.
"Sheila is a great athlete, very much in the mold of one of our best ever liberos (Kaylie Gibson)," Sagula said. "She is super quick and an exceptional defensive player with great court vision and nose for the ball. She is a competitor, and her high school and club experience will have her well prepared to compete in the ACC and with the best in the country. Sheila will compete to play multiple backcourt positions and will be a leader both on and off the court for the Tar Heels."
MB/OH • San Diego, Calif. • Cathedral Catholic • Wave Volleyball (Club)
MaxPreps 2012 Medium Schools All America first team • 2012-2013 UnderArmour All America honorable mention • Helped Wave Volleyball finish seventh at 17-Open junior nationals in 2012 and finished fifth in 2011 • Holds CIF San Diego Section records for most kills in a match (25, twice) and most aces in a season (59) • Four-time CIF Division III Southern Regional, San Diego Section and Western League champion at Cathedral Catholic • Named to All-North County first team • Named to San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic team and CCHS Scholar-Athlete • Western League Player of the Year and named to Western League first team in 2012 • Two-time CIF Division 3 state champions and named to All-Championship team in 2011.
"Tatiana is a very versatile player who can play six rotations. She has played on both pins and in the middle throughout her career," Sagula said. "Because of her ball control, we see her competing on the outside as a dynamic athlete with a good understanding of how to score points. Tati's high level club experience (and high school state championships) should allow her to make an impact early and add a lot to the future of our program. We are very fortunate to have Tati as a Tar Heel because she will provide both the physical play at the net and steady ball handling in the back court."
OH • Nashville, Tenn. • The Harpeth Hall School • Alliance (Club)
Helped lead Harpeth Hall to region title and state runner-up • Named to All-Midstate team in 2011 and 2012 • Named team MVP in 2011 and 2012 • Four-year varsity starter in volleyball as well as basketball • Voted team captain as a junior and senior for volleyball and basketball teams • Wendy's Heisman school winner and state finalist • Named MVP for East/Middle Tennessee Region • Named to all state team in 2011 and 2012 • Received Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Silver Level (250 hours) and was a student council representative for four years.
"Warner is a great student-athlete with an exceptional work ethic," Sagula sai. "She is one of the best players to come out of Nashville who has earned a lot of success both on and off the court. She is a physical player who can attack with power and be a primary passer for us. Her athletic experience in several sports has made her a winner. Warner knows how to compete to be successful, and that mentality and leadership fits with all of our team's goals. She will be a great asset to our team's future."