Don Metil adds three for his sixth season at UMES.

Aug. 21, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- UMES head volleyball coach Don Metil has announced his 2012 recruiting class, adding three players to the team, looking to bolster the Hawks en route to earning a second MEAC crown.

"UMES will definitely have some new faces and possible offensive systems on the court this upcoming season," states Metil. "We have a large core of returning players from a successful 2011 campaign, but we will definitely be young. We will need our recruiting class to make an immediate impact due to the loss of Zoe Bowens and Rebecca Prado."

The class includes a junior college transfer and two international players. All three will be playing at the Division I level for the first time.

From Jefferson College comes libero Megan Mueller (Manchester, Mo.), who will transfer to UMES with two years of eligibility remaining. In two years with the Vikings, she tallied 741 digs, including 522 in her sophomore season, averaging 4.7 per set and earning 2011 All-Region XVI Team. Mueller also earned NJCAA Academic All-America for "Exemplary Academic Achievement" for having a 3.63 GPA her sophomore year.

"Megan has played and been successful at a very high junior college level. She has great S/R passing, is defensively quick, and has a `stop at nothing' mentality on defense," says Metil.

Joining the Hawks from Austria is Bridget Ebster-Schwarzenberger (St. Veiterstraâe, Austria), who will play on the outside. Ebster-Schwarzenberger currently plays for the Austrian National Team, representing her country in the European Qualification this year. The 6-2 hitter has been in international competition the last five years.

"Bridget jumps well, hits a very heavy ball, is a six-rotational athlete, and a true leader. Her high volleyball IQ and energy will be infectious," states Metil, "She, as well as Saitaua Iosia, has the skill set and drive to be one of the best athletes to come through our program here at UMES."



At setter, UMES brings in a freshman, also from Austria, Elli Steiner (Hallwang, Austria). Steiner brings a wealth of international experience, in beach and indoor volleyball, including previously being the starting setter in a 5-1 system on the U-19 Austrian National Team.

"Elli has the drive, determination, ability and knowledge to run our offense, and she will prove invaluable to our success," says Metil, "Having Elli in the program will allow us the possibility to run an exceptional 6-2 offense, something that UMES has never run in my time here."

With the addition of Ebster-Schwarnberger and Steiner, UMES has brought in players from five different European countries since 2005, including Austria, France, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland.

The three newcomers join nine returners from last year's squad that went 24-7 last season, earning the school's first ever NCAA Tournament berth.

"I'm eager to see the growth in this young squad," says Metil, "This team has the potential to achieve some of the best results since my time here at UMES."

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