Maryland Eastern Shore Volleyball adds six in 2018 Recruiting Class
June 27, 2018

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Maryland Eastern Shore Interim Head Coach Trevor Callarman announced his first recruiting class on Tuesday, bringing six student-athletes to the Hawks. The new players include a Division I transfer, a JUCO transfer and four true freshmen.

“This recruiting class will continue the proud tradition of Hawk Volleyball and can definitely take us to the next level.” Callarman said. “The combination of experienced transfers and fresh, hungry talent is going to give us an energetic squad that will be exciting to watch.”

The addition of senior Carola Biver (San Juan, Puerto Rico) provides a veteran presence to an already mature team. Biver transfers to Princess Anne from Towson University, after registering more than 500 kills and 500 digs for the Tigers under former Hawks coach Don Metil. The Puerto Rican forms a talented trio of outside hitters with Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) and Rachel Kayongo (Northridge, California).


 

 

Three of The Shore’s recruits address the Hawks’ most critical need - the front middle. To fill the void left by the graduations of Alana Polk and Mere Serea, Callarman is calling on freshmen Mauri Carver (Elizabeth City, North Carolina) and Alexis Lee (Wilmington, Delaware), and junior JUCO transfer Lidia Chery (Garfield, New Jersey).

Carver comes from an athletic family in Elizabeth City. Her father and brother played for Old Dominion’s basketball team, and a second brother is a current player on Hampton’s basketball team. Mauri made the varsity squad at Northeastern High School, developing into an First Team All-Conference talent. In her senior campaign she led her conference in blocking, kills and hitting percentage. She also has an impressive academic resume as the National Honor Society president for Northeastern her senior year.

Lee was a three time First Team All-State player in Delaware for volleyball while also competing in basketball and track. The St. Elizabeth Vikings made the tournament in three of four seasons she played, and she earned three titles as a track runner as well. Her academic credentials are also noteworthy, with honor roll credits throughout her interscholastic career. Lee also battled for the Brandywine Blackout, a top 100 club in the nation.

Chery competed in 34 sets for the Monroe Mustangs during the past year as the team won 20 matches. Prior to her time in college, she played two years on her varsity squad at Garfield High School in northern New Jersey.

The trio of middle players will form a group of four with returning redshirt sophomore Sola Okesanjo (Chicago, Illinois).

Rounding out the 2018 class are freshmen Stella Johnson (Newport News, Virginia) and Tijana Korosec (Belgrade, Serbia). Johnson joins the Hawks as a libero, and Korosec comes on as a setter.

Johnson is a volleyball and soccer standout from Warwick High School in Virginia. She excelled as a libero for the Raiders, ending her career with 1,723 digs - fifth most in Virginia High School history. That effort netted her several accolades, culminating in a Second Team All-State selection as a senior. Like her fellow freshmen recruits, Johnson is also talented academically with her placement on the honor roll and participation in the National Honor Society.

Korosec continues the Hawks proud tradition of foreign born talent to bolster their roster, joining libero Maja Jankovic as teammates from Serbia. She is expected to provide depth to the setter position behind junior - and fellow European - Ivana Blazevic. Back in her home country, Korosec competed for Radnicki, one of the top club teams in the country.  

The Hawks open up the 2018 campaign in late August.  

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