NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack women's volleyball team has signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the class of 2016.
"After being at the top part of the conference on the offensive side of the ball last year and on the bottom of the defensive side, we aggressively searched for two players to fill the void," said head coach TJ Hajjar. "We ended up finding two girls who I truly believe will help push this program to the next level. These two girls will be the back bone together for our defense for the next four years."
In 2011 the Warriors finished with a 5-22 overall record and a 2-13 conference mark in the first year under the guidance of Hajjar. The 2011 Warriors were the youngest team in the country as they had only one senior, Nicole Duarte (Windham, NH). Merrimack will return six freshman, one sophomore and three juniors to next year's squad. Despite their record the Warriors still ranked in the top half of the conference on the offensive side of the ball. All-Rookie team member Stephanie Sheehan (Smithtown, NY) will look to lead a young Merrimack team to a better record in 2012.
Student-Athletes that have signed NLI's for the 2012-13 season:
Student-Athlete Position High School / Hometown
Madison Burke Libero Valley Christian H.S./ San Jose, Calif.
Hannah Pavlik Libero Lewis Palmer H.S./ Monument, CO
Madison Burke, Libero, (San Jose, Calif. / Valley Christian H.S.)
WCAL All-Conference member as senior and junior…two-time scholar athlete…CCS semi-finalist as a junior and senior…recorded 266 digs as a senior…three-year varsity player.
Hajjar on Burke: "Madison brings to Merrimack a very High volleyball IQ and she is the complete volleyball player. She played and truly understood both sides of the ball at a very High level in California.
Hannah Pavlik, Libero, (Monument, CO / Lewis Palmer H.S.)
2011 first-team All Colorado Springs Metro League…CCGS All-State player…CHSCAA All-State Player…Lewis Palmer best defensive player of the year 2011…ranked third overall in the league with 362 digs…two-time team captain…two-year member of the 4a State qualifying team…three-year varsity player.
Hajjar on Pavlik: "Hannah is by far one of the most athletic players I have ever seen. I truly can see Hannah at the top of our league on the defensive end over the next couple of years.