PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 6, 2013) – Rutgers volleyball head coach CJ Werneke has completed his 2013 roster, adding four newcomers, Micaela Anderson (La Canada, Calif.), Dulce Duran (Austin, Texas), Alyssa Ensminger (Aurora, Ill.) and Sarah Richardson (Germantown, Tenn.). The four signees join incoming freshmen Lauren Cloyd (Champaign, Ill.) and Cole Trimble (Orlando, Fla.), who were announced in December for a total of six newcomers.
Micaela Anderson, Outside Hitter, 6-1
La Cañada, Calif., La Cañada HS
Prior to Rutgers: Four years of varsity volleyball at La Cañada High School … Helped her team to four Rio Hondo League Championships (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) … Earned Rio Hondo League MVP twice (2011, 2012) … Two-time First Team All-Area (2011, 2012) from the Pasadena Star News, Glendale News Press and La Cañada Valley Sun … Named Second Team All-Area by the Los Angeles Daily News as a junior and senior … Member of the San Gabriel Valley Pasadena Star News All-Star Team as a starter in 2012 and as a starter in the underclassmen game in 2011 … Qualified for Junior Nationals in the 18 American Division as a senior, Junior Nationals 17 American Division as a junior and Junior Nationals 16 National Division as a sophomore … Recognized with the La Cañada High School Career Athlete Award … Earned all-tournament accolades at the MLK Speak Easy Tournament (2011) and the Gahr Molten Classic (2010) … Named Second Team All-Rio Hondo League as a freshman in 2009 … Member of the Second Team All-Area from the Glendale News Press, Burbank Leader and the Valley Sun, while being named All-Area Honorable Mention from the Los Angeles Daily News in 2009 … Played six years of club volleyball for San Gabriel Elite and two years for Southern California Volleyball Club … Parents are Deanne and Matt Anderson … Has two older sisters, Morgan and Madison … First cousin Casey Jacobsen is an American professional basketball player for the Brose Baskets of the German League … Sister Morgan played volleyball at Birmingham Southern University and sister Madison played at Stetson University … Born on May 18, 1995.
Werneke on Anderson: “Micaela brings in some size at 6’1”. She comes in from California and has been a go-to player on her high school and club teams, as she has been in those critical moments where she can take big swings. We look at her as a six-rotation player who adds some power and size to her position. We’re expecting big things out of her.”
Dulce Duran, Middle Blocker/Right Side, 6-0
Austin, Texas, Stephen F. Austin HS
Prior to Rutgers: Three-year varsity player for Stephen F. Austin High School … Varsity co-captain and team Offensive MVP as a senior in 2012 … Selected to 15-5A All-District Team in final season, earning All-District Honorable Mention honors as a junior … Named team’s Most Improved player in 2010 … Three-time academic all-district team member … Member of Austin Performance Volleyball Club, the same club that fellow Scarlet Knight, Rachel Andreassian, competed for … Part of Austin Performance’s Gazelle (2012-13), APEX (2011-12), Stealth (2010-11) and Shazam (2009-10) … Member of the Austin High School varsity Orchestra for three years … Parents are Dulce M. Madrigal and Juan C. Duran … Born on Sept. 4, 1994.
Werneke on Duran: “Dulce is an athlete. She has some experience to gain, but she is very, very athletic and very quick. We see her being able to play multiple positions. She’s going to come in having the most experience for her as middle, but we’re not going to limit her to just that. She is a very cerebral, very intelligent player-- she’s just a sponge.”
Alyssa Ensminger, Defensive Specialist, 5-5
Aurora, Ill., Metea Valley HS
Prior to Rutgers: Three-year varsity starter at libero and team captain, leaving as the MVHS all-time digs leader … Three-time Upstate Eight All-Conference First Team selection (2010-12) … Recognized as a Beacon News All-Area First Team member as a senior in 2012 … Received the 2013 Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Award … Earned Naperville Sun All-Area Second Team accolades as a senior … member of the Sports Performance Volleyball Club for six years, including 2013 and 2010 AAU bronze medals … Graduated from MVHS Magna Cum Laude as a three-time Upstate Eight Academic All-Conference selection … 2012 MVHS Yearbook Editor in Chief … Indian Prairie Scholar, Illinois State Scholar and AP Scholar with honors … Daughter of Michael and Kristan Ensminger … Has an older sister, Sarah, and a younger brother, Thomas … Born on Dec. 22, 1994.
Werneke on Ensminger: “Alyssa is a bulldog-- she hates losing more than she likes winning. She is one of those ultra-competitive, get-in-your-face, fiery type of player. In her position of libero, that’s what she needs. She brings a little bit of that edge, the chip on her shoulder, but also confidence knowing she’s good, because she has put in the time.”
Sarah Richardson, Outside Hitter/Right Side 6-0
Germantown, Tenn., Houston HS
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity letterwinner, starting for three seasons at Houston High School … Accumulated 1,119 career kills and 293 career blocks … Helped the squad to the state tournament three out of four seasons … First Team All-State Selection by the Tennesse Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2012 … Holds school record for hitting percentage in a season (.400), highest kill percentage in a season (.531), most blocks in a season (118), most kills in a season (518) and most kills in a match (28), all set as a senior … Selected to the 2012 Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association All-Star match … Named to the all-region team as a senior … Chosen as a “Best of the Preps” member in final two season, becoming a finalist in 2012 … Named District 15 Co-Player of the Year as a junior and senior … Member of the all-district team three times (2010, 2011, 2012) ... One of 14 students in the inaugural class of the Houston High School Honors Academy … Earned the Athletic Academic Achievement Award all four years … Member of the National Honor Society as a junior and senior … Finished in first place out of the 37 teams at the national level in the Health Occupations Students of America event called Parliamentary Procedures in July 2013 … Played club volleyball for the Memphis Juniors in 2011 and 2012 … Member of Delta Force in 2009 and 2010 … Found on the PrepVolleyball.com “Top 79 Sophomores – Honorable Mention” list in 2010, earning the same accolades on the “Top 59 Freshman” list in 2009 … Daughter of Joe and Adrianne Richardson … Has one older sister, Kelly, and one younger sister, Emily … Mother Adrianne (Machcinski) Richardson was a setter for Rider University from 1978-1981 … Aunt, Vivian (Machcinski) Falco, played basketball for the University of Pennsylvania and is in the Penn Hall of Fame … Born on Dec. 14, 1994.
Werneke on Richardson: “Sarah is a versatile player and has the ability to play on both pins and go off one foot. She is kind of a unique type of player, a jack of all trades. She does some things that some of our other kids can’t and I feel that she is going to be able to contribute in some form throughout the year.”
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