Liz Brock, Katie Hillman, Mackenzie Olsen, Tanya Krapf and Ariel Shonk will enroll at Delaware in the fall and comprise the Blue Hens’ Class of 2016.
Brock (above right), a 6-0 outside hitter from Lima, Ohio (Bath HS), was a three-time All-Western Buckeye League selection and was twice named first team All-District 8. A four-year letterwinner, Brock was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year and Team MVP twice. Brock, who will major in education at Delaware, ended her high school career with a school-record 1,103 kills, which ranks 32nd on Ohio’s high school career kills list.
“Liz is an athletic and dynamic outside hitter,” Kenny said. “She is well-rounded and is working hard to be prepared to help our program once she arrives on campus. Liz is a fun athlete to watch and our fans will be reminded of Kelly Gibson and Kim Stewart when they see her play.”
Hillman (above left), a 6-0 utility player from Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons HS), was named the 2011 Broward County Player of the Year by the South Florida Sun Sentinel and first team All-County by the Miami Herald. Hillman earned 2011 Prep Volleyball All-American honors, and was selected to the 2011 Under Armour High School Girls All-Americans To Watch List. A team MVP who earned the Scholar Athlete Award, Hillman was a four-year starter who led Cardinal Gibbons to the 2009 and 2010 state championship. An outstanding student as well, Hillman ranked ninth in her classs and also earned high honors.
“Katie is a versatile player that can make a difference immediately for us,” Kenny noted. “She has the potential to play several positions and roles for us. Katie has a fun personality and will bring added excitement and enthusiasm to the team.”
Olsen (middle right), a 5-10 setter from Villa Park, Calif. (Villa Park HS), was a three-year All-League performer who was named to the AVCA All-America Watch List. A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Villa Park, Olsen was named the 2010 Best Offensive Player and the 2011 Team MVP. An honor roll student who earned the Scholar Athlete Award, Olsen is expected to major in business or sport management at Delaware.
‘Mackenzie graduated early to join the team for spring training,” Kenny noted. “She has worked extremely hard and has taken advantage of being here early. Mackenzie has a good presence and will challenge for playing time immediately.”
Krapf (below left), a 5-7 utility player from Pittsford, N.Y. (Pittsford Sutherland HS), was a three-time All-County selection who also was picked All-Greater Rochester as a senior. A Section V Class A All-Star in 2010, Krapf led Pittsford Sutherland to the 2010 state championship and was selected the team’s MVP in 2011. She was also selected to the Penfield All-Tournament Team and Eden All-Tournament Team as a junior, and was named the Pittsford Digs Pink Tournament MVP in each of her final two seasons. Krapf, an outstanding student who plans on majoring in international relations at Delaware, earned the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award. She was also an AP Scholar in 2011, and was a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society.
“Tanya is a little dynamo,” Kenny remarked. “She is a feisty athlete with the heart of a lion, and her size will not limit her role for our program. She is a true winner, is very competitive and has done everything we have asked her to do. I expect her to help us immediately.”
Shonk (below right), a 5-9 libero and defensive specialist from Atlanta, Ga. (Riverwood International Charter HS), was named to the Georgia High School Association All-State Team and was the GHSA Area 3 Player of the Year. A four-year letterwinner and Team MVP at Riverwood International Charter, Shonk was a Prep Volleyball Freshman Top 59 and Prep Volleyball Sophomore 79 selection who earned Highest Honorable Mention accolades. A stellar student as well who plans on majoring in business at Delaware, Shonk was a Principal Scholar and Columbia College Scholar Nominee who was named to the Principal’s Honor Roll.
“Ariel has played at a very high level in club with her A5 teams and has worked extremely hard to become a very good libero,” Kenny said. “She is someone who will contribute immediately for us as a defensive specialist or libero.”Kenny, who will be entering her 11th season in Newark this fall, has led the Blue Hens to four Colonial Athletic Association titles in the past five years. Last season Delaware finished with a 21-12 record, captured the CAA Tournament crown, and defeated American in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Hens open their 2012 season on Aug. 24-25 when they compete in the San Diego State Tournament.