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UAlbany Volleyball Adds Pair of Freshmen for 2014 Season

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UAlbany Volleyball Adds Pair of Freshmen for 2014 Season

ALBANY, N.Y. – Head coach MJ Engstrom has announced the addition of two freshmen to the UAlbany volleyball team for the 2014 season.

The class includes a player from the West Coast and the country of Turkey.  They will join a squad that made that finished tied for second in the America East last season for a berth into the conference semifinals.

Emily Lopes – Setter – Bakersfield, Calif. – Bakersfield H.S.

Lopes will come to the East Coast from the West Coast, joining fellow Californians Tatum Jungsten and Sofia Furlong on the team.  A three-time letterwinning setter at Bakersfield High School, she averaged nearly 10 assists a game to total 2,524 in her career, adding 102 aces, 430 digs and 149 kills.  The three-time team captain earned all-league honors all three years, including first team recognition in 2013, and led the Drillers to a CIF Central Section Championship in 2011.

Engstrom on Lopes: “Lopes is a strong setter and is very deceptive on the court, and we are hopeful she can bring us to another level.”

Lara Temel – Middle Blocker – Istanbul, Turkey – Irmak H.S.

One of top players in Turkey comes to Albany to suit up for the Great Danes.  A middle blocker and outside hitter, Temel led Irmak High School to at least a top-five regional ranking all four years, including the top regional team as a sophomore and junior.  She led U-18 and U-16 teams to league championships and her U-21 team to a third place finish in the PAV league in 2012.  She averaged eight kills and three blocks per match in high school.

Engstrom on Temel: “Lara has an extraordinary amount of experience, and we are looking forward to what she can do in Division I.”

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