Coastal Volleyball Adds Four to 2017 Roster
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team announced the addition of four student-athletes to the 2017 roster Tuesday afternoon. Middle blockers Leah Levert, Christina Nance and Aristea Tontai, along with libero Sydney Alvis, will all join the defending Sun Belt Conference champions for the upcoming season.
"Adding these student-athletes has been a great conclusion to our 2017 recruiting class," said Jozsef Forman. "I am extremely excited for the level of talent we will have in our gym throughout the season and for years to come. I am proud to bring them into our Chanticleer family and look forward to introducing them to our fans this fall."
Middle Blocker | 6-2
Savannah, Ga. (Syracuse)
Levert played in 314 sets over 85 matches in her three seasons at Syracuse, where she served as the team's captain. The 6-2 middle blocker averaged 1.33 blocks per set, along with 1.24 kills per set and a .315 career hitting percentage. In March of 2016, Levert was one of 12 players selected for the U.S. Collegiate National Team Europe roster, which competed against the Italian Federation Team and in the Global Challenge.
"I remember watching Leah when she was in high school," said Forman. "She is now an experienced high level player who was coached by Leonid Yelin at Syracuse the last three years. Her volleyball IQ and leadership will be a big addition to our team. She has proven herself against top collegiate competition and as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team. We are beyond excited to have her join our program."
Middle Blocker | 6-3
Nance served as team captain of the Charles Herbert Flowers HS varsity team her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She was twice named her team's MVP, and is a two-time recipient of the Jaguar Award, given for outstanding leadership, attitude, work ethic and academic performance. Nance excelled in the classroom as well, earning a place on the Principal's Honor Roll (4.0 GPA) each year since she was a freshman, and receiving the Certificate of Academic Excellence as a senior.
"Christina has great potential," said Forman. "She is driven in the classroom and on the court, and has only scratched the surface of her skills. We can't wait to have her in our gym where she can thrive and learn from our more experienced student-athletes. Christina will definitely be an exciting player to watch as she adds to the skill and athleticism she already has."
Middle Blocker | 6-4
Tontai comes to Coastal Carolina from Athens, where she was member of the Greek National Team and competed in the CEV Champions League. The 6-4 middle blocker also competed for the U19 National Team in the European Championship Qualification Tournament, and helped her U18 team reach the quarterfinals of the Greece National Championship. At the club level, Tontai's team finished second in the Greek National Cup in 2015-16, and she led her squad to its first playoff appearance in 2014. Academically, Tontai received the Top Student Certificate throughout junior high and high school.
"Aristea is one of the top middle blockers in Greece and we are excited to be bringing her level of international experience to the team," said Forman. "She is a natural when it comes to blocking and she will only improve once she joins the team on campus. Her work ethic is very high and I look forward to watching her grow as a player."
Libero | 5-4
Maidans, Va. (UNC Wilmington)
Alvis played her freshman and sophomore seasons at UNC Wilmington from 2015-16. She had a breakout season this past fall, totaling 458 digs over 28 matches to rank eighth on UNCW's all-time single season list. Additionally, her 4.16 digs per set ranked eighth in the CAA. Alvis also totaled 15 service aces and 84 assists as a sophomore. As a freshman, Alvis played in 11 matches and averaged over two digs per set. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Alvis was a four-year letter winner and captain of her high school team, where she was two time All-State selection, and four time All-District and All-Region honoree.
"Sydney is a fantastic libero that was a key member and starter for the Seahawks at UNCW," said Forman. "Adding Sydney to our roster gives us confidence that we will be able to stabilize our serve receive and make more plays on defense. Her drive and competitiveness will fit right into our team culture here at Coastal, and we are excited to see her grow to her full potential."