May 19, 2016
Volleyball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2
by Rob Moseley
A year after assembling the nation’s fourth-best recruiting class, the Oregon volleyball program will welcome a four-player class for the fall of 2016 that was ranked No. 2 in the nation by prepvolleyball.com.
The quartet of hitters Jolie Rasmussen and Willow Johnson, middle blocker Ronika Stone and libero/outside hitter Brooke Van Sickle is the Ducks’ top-rated class ever. Prepvolleyball.com announced its top 10 recruiting classes on Thursday.
“We knew these kids were very good players, so we’re not completely surprised by the ranking,” UO coach Jim Moore said. “But as fun as this is for us, the fans and media, now we have to go prove it on the floor, in the toughest conference in the nation.”
Stone is the top-rated individual recruit in UO history, at No. 10 on prepvolleyball.com’s prestigious “Senior Aces” list for the 2016 class. She was named first-team all-America by Under Armour, while Rasmussen was a second-team all-American and No. 20 on the Senior Aces list.
Johnson was an honorable mention all-American, and No. 27 in the 2016 senior class according to prepvolleyball.com. Sickle was No. 88 among the Senior Aces, and another first-team all-American.
The new recruits join a youthful Oregon roster that includes junior setter Maggie Scott, junior hitter Taylor Agost and sophomore hitter Lindsey Vander Weide. The Ducks are looking to build on a 2015 season in which they went 16-14 and participated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
“The new recruits all have great credentials, and they’re all capable of contributing right away,” Moore said. “But they’re going to have to step into a place they’ve never played, with people they’ve never played with. We have to put it on the floor and be good.”
The 2016 Ducks will make their Matthew Knight Arena debut in the Green/Yellow Scrimmage on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. The regular-season opener is Aug. 26 at home against Texas.