May 22, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A total of four players will make up the incoming class for the Villanova volleyball team for the 2013 season and head coach Josh Steinbach announced that the additions of scholastic players Jackie Greenberg (Avon, Conn.) and Makenzie Northrup (San Clemente, Calif.) rounded out the team's recruiting efforts over the past year. Greenberg and Northrup join Michaela Berendt (Olympia, Wash.) and Claire Crutchfield (Falls Church, Va.) in forming the 2013 incoming class.
"I am extremely excited about our incoming class," Steinbach said. "Adding Jackie and Mackenzie makes this class a strong one all-around and I am confident that this group of newcomers will make our team better upon their arrival to the Main Line."
Greenberg was an all-state player in Connecticut as a senior and also received both all-region and all-district accolades during her high school career. During her senior year she registered season totals of 271 kills, 64 aces, 205 digs and 339.5 points after previously setting the single-season kills record at Blacksburg High School (Va.) as a junior. In addition to her scholastic honors Greenberg was also a team captain for both the Roanoke United (2008-12) and Husky Volleyball (2012-13) club teams.
"Jackie is a competitive player with the ability to be an attacker and a very good defender at the collegiate level," Steinbach said. "She is a coach's daughter and, having grown up with athletics all her life, understands what it takes to compete at the highest level."
Northrup earned all-county and first team all-league honors as a senior at San Clemente High School, where she set a single-season school record with 513 digs. That total led all players in the South Coast 1AA League and ranked sixth among California Division I schools. Northrup was a team captain as a senior and was voted her team's Most Valuable Player after the season. She also has played club volleyball for the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club for the past eight years.
"Makenzie is a steady passer and a low error player that will make our gym better with her ability to control the ball," Steinbach said. "She is a quality team player and an excellent student-athlete."
The newcomers to the Villanova roster this season will join a squad that features 13 returning players from last season.