Nov. 17, 2011
"I am extremely excited and proud to officially welcome Erika, Maddie, Manny and Marissa into the UConn Volleyball family,” stated Strauss-O’Brien.
“Our recruiting philosophy is to recruit the best talented athletes as well as people with incredible character. In our program we aspire to produce champions. Champions in the classroom, on the volleyball court and in life. This 2012 class includes volleyball players with numerous team and individual honors, as well as members of the National Honor Society, class presidents, team captains and many other leadership positions within their schools and communities. I believe that this special group of talented young women can help take UConn Volleyball to the next level. The future of UConn Volleyball is an exciting one!”
Immanuella "Manny" Anagu | 6'1" | Middle Blocker | Culver City, Calif.
Anagu, a 6’1 middle blocker from
Strauss-O'Brien on Anagu: "Manny's athleticism and competitive edge will add tremendous depth and competitiveness in our middle position. This will be just her third year of playing high level club volleyball and her ceiling is nowhere in sight. She is such a special athlete and learns very quickly. It is not going to take very much time for her to adapt and get on the floor. Manny is a physical presence and she has really become a student of the game. We are excited for her to help us continue to build towards a championship."
Madeline "Maddie" Kuppe | 6'2" | Outside Hitter | Palo Alto, Calif.
Kuppe, a 6’2 outside hitter from
Strauss-O'Brien on Kuppe: "Maddie truly exemplifies what UConn Volleyball is all about. She is a winner in the classroom , on the volleyball court and in life. The best part about Maddie is that she earns every success that comes her way. She is dedicated, hard working and committed to excellence. Her athleticism combined with her leadership, ball control and overal savvy game is going to help our program get to the next level."
Marissa Prinzbach | 5'11" | Setter | Cincinnati, Ohio
Prinzbach, a 5’11 setter from
Strauss-O'Brien on Prinzbach: "Marissa is a natural leader and competitor. She has a strong volleyball IQ and truly embraces the role of being a 'quarterback'. Marissa runs a consistent fast tempo offense, plays with her heart on her sleeve and wants nothing more than her team to be successful. I know Marissa will settle for nothing less than competing for a championship before her 4 years are over. There is no doubt she will come in and help escalate our level of play."
Erika Thomas | 6'3" | Middle Blocker | Ocoee, Fla.
Thomas, a 6’3 middle blocker from
Strauss-O'Brien on Thomas: "Erika is determined, motivated, and hard working. She knows what it means to earn success and is a tremendous athlete who is a versatile player in the middle and right side position. Erika is a great volleyball player. I believe she is going to explode her overall game in college and be a future force to be reckoned with in the BIG EAST Conference."