Monday, May 13, 2002
TUSCALOOSA -- University of Alabama volleyball head coach Judy Green announced the signing of Denée Ezerins to a national letter-of-intent to attend Alabama and play for the Tide next fall.
Ezerins, the first signee for UA in the NCAA’s spring signing period, is a 6-1 outside hitter from Long Beach, Calif. She joins the Crimson Tide following a two-year stint at Irvine Valley College.
“I am extremely excited to sign a player of Denée’s caliber,” said Green. “She is a very talented and accomplished volleyball player that has competed at a very high level in high school and in college. She has been around the game of volleyball since she could walk and we need that type of experience. Denée assures us of having one of the best outside hitting corps in the SEC this season.”
A two-year letterwinner at Irvine, Ezerins finished her career with several school records including a 5.04 kills per game average, 30 kills in one match and 50 service aces in one season. She was a prep standout for Huntington Beach High School helping lead squad to state championship. An All-State and all-league selection, Ezerins began her collegiate career at Pacific, where she redshirted as a freshman on an NCAA Final Four participant squad in 1999.
The 2001 Alabama volleyball team finished the year at 22-9 and tied for second in the SEC Western Division at 10-5. It was the second consecutive season that Bama had amassed over 20 victories.