UMES Women's Volleyball Head Coach (pictured)

June 23, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Since his return to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Toby Rens has been busy looking to turnaround the volleyball program from a year ago by adding two new recruits for the 2014 season. Kirstin Fink and Alana Polk will sport the Maroon & Gray and look to help the program get back to their winning ways.

“I look forward to Kristin Fink and Alana Polk joining us this fall,” said Rens. “Both student-athletes bring a lot of potential, drive, and excitement to the team. I’m expecting them to make an immediate impact on the volleyball program.”

Fink hails from Tucson, Arizona where she was a four-year varsity volleyball student-athlete at Sabino High School. According to MaxPreps.com, the setter played 132 games and posted 567 assists, 112 digs, 88 kills, and 49 aces. In her final season, Fink participated in 62 games with 73 kills, 42 assists, 32 digs, and 30 blocks (29 solo).

“I am competitive,” said Fink. “This season, I want to play my best and help the team win the NCAA Tournament before I graduate.”

Fink also earned academic honors as she was a member of the National Honors Society during her junior and senior years. To become a member, a student must accumulate a minimum 3.5 grade-point-average (GPA). This fall, the incoming freshman will major in Nutritional Science.

“Kirstin is an intense competitor,” Rens stated. “She’s a focused, results driven student-athlete. I’m expecting her to make a contribution as a setter and hitter.”

Polk played four varsity seasons for Alief Elisk High School in Houston, Texas. According to NCSA Athletic Recruiting, she guided the team to four consecutive district championships while collecting individual accolades, including 18-5A First Team All-District and 18-5A Most Valuable Player (MVP) during her senior season.

“I always give 110-percent,” Polk expressed. “My season goal is to become a starter and develop both mentally and physically before graduating. I put my heart into everything.”

Academically, Polk received the 18-5A Academic All-District Team Varsity Award twice in high school. The Houston-native will enroll UMES as a Business Management major.

“Alana has an outstanding attitude and very good work ethic which when coupled with size and athleticism gives her potential as a volleyball player,” said Rens. “Her energy and passion for the game will quickly make her a fan favorite.”

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