May 20, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. – With the 2016 season a little over three months away, the LSU volleyball program received a big honor this week as the team’s five-member signing class of Jacqui Armer, Sydney Mukes, Milan Stokes, Jariel Tureaud and Anna Zwiebel were rated among the top 30 classes nationally by PrepVolleyball.com.
The class, ranked 26th overall, is the fifth time that LSU has had a class ranked within the top 30 according to the website, while routinely and consistently having some of the strongest recruiting classes in the country on a yearly basis.
Regarding the class, PrepVolleyball writes:
The LSU volleyball team hauled in a standout recruiting class that is expected to make an immediate impact in the fall of 2016. In the setting position, Zwiebel, No. 92 in the PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces, will lead the Tigers’ future offense with precise location, fast tempo and calm leadership. Tureaud, the Louisiana native from Lutcher, will be an immediate force on the right side or middle due to her physical ability to terminate with a heavy arm. She will carry a significant offensive load for the Tigers. Armer, a pure, well- rounded athlete from Florida, who excelled in four sports in high school, including competitive weightlifting; brings the physical side to the Tigers’ blocking with her imposing strength at the net. Mukes, a PrepVolleyball All-American, brings the ability to play high above the net. She has great ball control and understands the natural flow of the game. Mukes, who set an Ohio state record for kills in a state championship match, has the reputation of being a clutch performer and playing biggest under pressure. Also on the outside, Stokes, No. 79 in the Aces, is a dynamic scorer with her competitive fire and passion. She balances the class with finesse and ball control. Stokes recently was named All-Tournament at the USAV 18 Open Junior Nationals where her team, Mizuno Long Beach, finished fifth. “This is a special class in many ways,” said LSU coach Fran Flory. “Each of them brings something a little different to our program. Collectively, the 2016 class will have great balance in athleticism, volleyball skills, leadership, and competitive drive.” Look for several of these freshmen to make a big impact for LSU and in the SEC this fall.
LSU will return to the court for preseason workouts in early August in preparation for the start of the 2016 season later that month.
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