Nov. 17, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team has signed Lauren Alejo (Monument, Colo./ The Classical Academy), Kindra Bailey (Irmo, S.C./ Dutch Fork) and Meghan Laffin (Holbrook, N.Y./ Sacrum East) to National Letters-of-Intent, Head Coach Kristen Bauer announced today.
Alejo, a 5’5” setter, has help lead The Classical Academy to a 19-6 season. She led the team with 623 assists, 201 digs and 54 service aces. Alejo was named to the 2008 All-Region team and the 2008 Class 3A All-State First Team. She is currently ranked fifth in the region in assists in the 2009 season. Alejo is also a member of the Colorado Junior volleyball club team.
“Lauren Alejo comes from a very strong club team, the Colorado Juniors,” Head Coach Kristen Bauer said. “Her mother is a volleyball coach, so Lauren has grown up around volleyball and has excellent ball control. She has great setting hands and will help speed up our offense.”
Bailey, a 6’0” middle blocker, has played volleyball since the eighth grade. She had 242 kills, 75 blocks and 32 service aces her junior year at Dutch Fork. In 2008, Bailey was named to the USA Volleyball All-Region First Team, All-Area Team and was the 3A/4A All-Star player for South Carolina.
“Kindra Bailey was our first athlete to commit,” Bauer said. “She has a strong build, powerful arm swing and a nice vertical. Her explosiveness will help her dominate the net.”
Laffin, a 6’2” middle blocker/right side, has varsity lettered in volleyball all four years at Sacrum East. She was selected team captain her senior year and named to the Harborfields Invitational and Lindenhurst Invitational All-Tourament teams. Laffin has earned New York Scholar-Athlete all four years of high school. She has played at the Island Volleyball Academy five years and, in 2006, competed at the Junior Olympics. This past summer, Laffin participated in the USA Beach Golf Coast Open is Siesta Key, Fla. where her and teammate Katie Dircks placed third in the 18-under division.
“Meghan Laffin is a very high energy player who will add depth in several areas,” Bauer stated. “She has experience as a middle and right side player and can really terminate. We look for her versatility to add depth to our offense.”
No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina heads to the Big South Tournament in Radford, Va. to face No. 5 High Point in the Quarterfinals on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.