NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by a Massachusetts state champion and a pair of players hailing from the Golden State, third-year head coach TJ Hajjar is pleased to announce the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to represent the Merrimack Volleyball Class of 2017.
Adding a pair of Californians, along with a Colorado native and a Bay State denizen, the quartet will join a squad that posted a five-win improvement last fall and will look to earn a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Championships in 2013.
"I truly feel our 2012 season was a successful one as we doubled our wins from the previous year," Hajjar noted. "With 10 returners and what looks to be one of the strongest recruiting classes the program has ever seen, I believe 2013 will be a great year for Merrimack to make some noise in the NE-10."
Meet The Class of 2017
Jennifer Cain | Outside Hitter | 5-8 | Melrose, Mass. / Melrose H.S. | Biology Major
Four-year member of the Melrose volleyball team … Played primarily at outside hitter … Named the team's Most Improved Player as a freshman and Unsung Hero as a sophomore … On the varsity team as a junior, named the Most Improved Player and tabbed a Middlesex League All-Star … Helped lead team to a 26-1 record as a senior en route to winning the MIAA State Championship … Member of the Andover Pumas and SMASH club teams … Also earned varsity letter in softball … Born Jan. 14, 1995 … Daughter of Michael and Robin Cain … Has one sister, Amanda … Plans to major in Biology at Merrimack.
Hajjar on Cain: "Jen Cain comes to Merrimack with the understanding of what it takes to win. She finishes her senior year as a state champion in Massachusetts. Jen has to be one of the most athletic kids I have seen in the sport. We are extremely excited to have a player who can do so many things on the court."
Juliette McCall | Outside Hitter | 5-9 | Torrance, Calif. / Bishop Montgomery H.S. | History/French Major
Four-year member of the Bishop Montgomery volleyball team … Prior to high school, won two Catholic Youth Organization titles in Los Angeles County … Three-year varsity starter … Twice named a Del Rey League All-Star … Named team captain as a senior … Member of Sunshine Volleyball Club, Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club, and Nfinity Volleyball Club teams … Qualified for junior nationals on three different occasions, placing fifth in Reno during her freshman season … Named to the Principal's Honor Roll (4.0 GPA or higher) for three semesters and was recipient of the Computer and British Literature Award … Born March 11, 1995 … Daughter of Daniel and Annette McCall … Plans to major in History and French at Merrimack.
Hajjar on McCall: "Juliette is a California native who was born to play volleyball. Juliette fundamentally is sound in all aspects of the game. This is a player we can truly put in any position and her drive will allow her to excel wherever she is on the court."
Jocelyn McLain | Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist | 5-8 | Fort Collins, Colo. / Loveland H.S. | Sports Medicine Major
Four-year member of the Loveland volleyball team … Two-time MVP of the JV team … Two-time captain of the varsity team … Earned Academic All-State honors as a junior before season was cut short due to injury … Named Best All-Around Player as a senior … Also picked up all-conference honors and was the recipient of the team's Unsung Hero Award … Member of the Norco, Eaton Volleyball Academy, and North Stars club programs … Born May 5, 1995 … Daughter of Jeff and Maria McLain … Has one sister, Chazity … Plans to major in Sports Medicine at Merrimack.
Hajjar on McLain: "Jocelyn coming across the country from Colorado to become a staple in the Warriors' offense. Don't let her height fool you, she can truly fly. Jocelyn is a true volleyball player with defensive and serve-receiving skills that are as good as her offensive skill set."
Tara Stuhr |Setter | 5-10 | Huntington Beach, Calif. / Huntington Beach H.S. | Business Management Major
Four-year member of the Huntington Beach volleyball team … Received the Coach's Award as a freshman and was brought up to varsity for the state tournament, helping her team place third … Helped team advance to CIF Quarterfinals as a sophomore en route to earning the Principal's Academic Athlete Award … As a junior, helped team qualify for the state tournament … Earned First-Team All-Sunset League honors as a senior … Team captain as a senior … Member of the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club program … Born Dec. 25, 1994 … Daughter of Greg and Patti Stuhr … Has one sister, Lauren, who attends the University of Notre Dame … Plans to major in Business Management at Merrimack.
Hajjar on Stuhr: "Tara comes to Merrimack from one of the most recognized juniors program in California. As a setter, she has proven to be an on-and-off-the-court leader with a volleyball I.Q. that not many players possess. Tara will have a chance to be at the helm of our offense as a freshman."