JERSEY CITY, NJ – Saint Peter's women's volleyball head coach Amable Martinez has announced his first recruiting class. Martinez has added Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez, Karla Seda, Alexus Sharp, Wildalys Soto, Imani Spicer, Natalia Carbonell Torres, and Kali Viles to the lineup for the 2017 season.
The five incoming freshman class members are Lopez, Seda, Soto, Spicer, and Torres.
Martinez on the 2017 freshman class, "I'm excited about our first recruiting class here. They all come from respected clubs in Puerto Rico and Texas. Each of them competed at a high level in high school, club, or both and each student-athlete brings athleticism and high volleyball IQ to our roster. The freshman might be asked to contribute right away which is exciting as they are the future core of the program."
Joining the squad as transfers are Sharp and Viles.
"Both transfers are adding great collegiate experiences at high levels to the team," said Martinez. "Alexus comes from one of the toughest NJCAA Division I Conferences in the nation where she was a major contributor in the middle. Kali comes to us from Bloomfield College where she was a starter both season on a 20 plus winning playoff team. They will both level off our recruiting class with our returning players for the upcoming season."
Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez – Fr. – DS/L – 5-0 – Caguas, Puerto Rico – Bautista de Caguas
Lopez-Jimenez was libero in El Colegio Bautista of Caguas during her four seasons of high school. She was an important figure to reach seven championships during her senior year where she obtained MVP in one tournament. She also played with Criollas de Caguas Volleyball Club since she was five years old, developing as a setter and later on, libero where she helped to reach several championships and runners-up. Lopez-Jimenez last year as a libero she played with Valencianas of Juncos Volleyball Club. She wants to study Biology and wants to become a doctor in a future. Lopez-Jimenez lives in Caguas with her parents Jose Lopez and Sonia Jimenez, her sister Yesenia and her twin brother Jose.
Karla Seda – Fr. – L – 5-2 – Toa Baja, Puerto Rico – University Gardens
Seda played four seasons of varsity volleyball at University Gardens High School as a libero. In 2016, she helped her team win five consecutive school tournaments and she won two MVP awards. Seda has also played the last three years with Volley Top Volleyball Club. She is the daughter of Carlos Seda and Zory Berrios. Seda graduated high school with high honors and will be studying Biology here at Saint Peter's University.
Alexus Sharp – Jr. – MH – 6-0 – Pleasant Grove, UT – Pleasant Grove/Daytona State
Sharp comes to Jersey City after beginning her volleyball career at Daytona State College in Florida from 2015-16. She accumulated 95 total blocks last year at Daytona State and holds the school record for blocks per match and block assist. Sharp also played basketball for Daytona making her their first female dual sport athlete. Prior to college, she started four seasons as a middle blocker at Pleasant Grove High School in Utah, helping the Vikings win three consecutive 5A state titles. Additionally, she was also picked for Utah State 5A Senior All-Star team. Sharp is the daughter of Otis and Danell Sharp and she has one sister and one brother, Alyssa and Trey Sharp.
Wildalys Soto – Fr. – S – 5-10 – Patillas, Puerto Rico – Saint Patrick Bilingual
Soto was a varsity setter for four years in Saint Patrick's Bilingual School in Puerto Rico where she participated in many tournaments and obtained multiple championships during her career. During her senior year in 2016, she was chosen as the most valuable player in one of the championships won and her school accomplished one of its greatest feats, beating the best team in the region, Guamani Private School. Soto was also a member of the Volley Umet U18 team claimed championships in the Angel Matos Volleyball Challenge 2016, Spring Volleyball Challenge 2017, Power League East Cost Volleyball Championship 2017, Power League West Cost Championship 2017, and Power League Regional Super 2017. She is the daughter of William Soto and Magaly Sotelo and has a younger sister.
Imani Spicer – Fr. – S – 5-5 – Round Rock, TX – Cedar Ridge
Spicer is an athletic setter from Round Rock, TX. As a high school student-athlete at Cedar Ridge High School, she played varsity for two-years as a defensive specialist and a setter. Spicer compiled 501 assists and 291 digs over the course of the two seasons. Outside of high school, she played club volleyball with Austin Performance since she was 11 years old and received the 2017 Pinnacle Award. In the classroom, she was named Academic All-District both seasons and she received Academic All-State honors in her senior season. During all four years of high school Spicer received the Academic Excellence Achievement Award for maintaining a GPA above a 4.0. She is the daughter of Greg Spicer and Dr. Tiffany Spicer, and she also has a younger sister, Nia, who is a setter as well.
Natalia Carbonell Torres – Fr. – OH/RS – 5-9 – Carolina, Puerto Rico – Adianez
Carbonell Torres contributed to her high school as both an outside hitter and middle blocker during her junior and senior years at Colegio Adianez in Puerto Rico. Both years the team ranked among the best three in Puerto Rico. Carbonell Tores was also the starting middle for four years in a row with Borinquen Coqui. In 2016, she led the team with 368 blocks in the 16U category, she helped lead her team to nationals in Indianapolis, and her team won the Jeep Championship in Puerto Rico. She is the daughter of Hector Carbonell and Elaine Torres.
Kali Viles – Jr. – OPP – 5-10 – McKinney, TX – McKinney North/Bloomfield
Viles played the last two seasons at Bloomfield College where she helped the team to a pair of 20 or more win seasons and a regular season conference championship. In her last season at Bloomfield, she finished with 147 kills and 45 blocks. In high school, Viles was a three-year varsity starter born and raised in Texas, where she graduated from McKinney North High School. At McKinney North, she received All-District honors two years in a row and recorded 149 kills her last season. Viles is majoring in Biology and her parents are Todd and Tobi Viles.
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