Nov. 15, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama head volleyball coach Ed Allen announced today the signing of two players during the early signing period for the 2013 season. The Crimson Tide went West to land recruits Bria Green, a utility player, from Carson, Calif., and Brittany Thomas, an outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz.
“First of all, we’re real excited about this being a smaller class made up of two players,” head coach Ed Allen said. “Both kids are athletic and will make us better. They are both top notch individuals, in terms of personality and as students. We’re excited about how much better they will make us athletically.”
Bria Green is a four-year varsity letter winner at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, Calif. Green, a Carson, Calif., native, is a three-time All-Del Ray League selection, is a two-time All-California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section honoree and was once named the ESPN-LA High School Athlete of the Week.
“Bria is a true volleyball player,” Allen said. “She can play the middle or on the right side, and she can pass and defend. She had 30 kills in three straight matches in the state playoffs, and she had double digits in digs in those matches as well. I think she will make us better because she will be the most versatile player we’ll have on the roster. She’ll be able to defend and hit, which will allow her to play a couple different positions.”
This season, Green has helped BMHS make a deep run in the CIF Southern Section playoffs, having recorded 30 kills in three consecutive matches, including a 30-kill, 16-dig effort to help BMHS advance to the CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinals. Green played club volleyball for the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball club where she helped the squad to a junior national championship in 2011, when she earned All-American honors.
Brittany Thomas, a 6-0, outside hitter from Chandler, Ariz., is a four-year varsity letter winner at Hamilton High School. Thomas helped guide Hamilton HS to a 38-5 overall record in 2012, leading the Huskies to a No. 2 ranking in the state and a No. 65 ranking nationally. She collected 408 total kills as a senior, to average 4.0 kills per set, while posting a .301 hitting percentage. She also added 257 digs for the season, to average 2.5 digs per set. In her four seasons at Hamilton HS, she helped the team post a 132-30 overall record.
“Brittany has a chance to be a special outside hitter in this conference,” Allen said. “She’s as good as any player we have in the program right now and she’s very physical. She’s a six rotation player that has some ball control skills. We’re excited about her ability to stay on the court, play six rotations and take some pressure off our ball control.”
In 2012, Thomas was named to the Under Armour watch list and was a named to the Prepvolleyball.com Top 150 Senior Aces list. Additionally, the Hamilton HS Most Valuable Player was a first team All-City of Chandler honoree. As a junior, Thomas averaged 3.2 kills and 2.6 digs per set and garnered second team all-state honors. As a sophomore, she had 592 total kills to average 2.3 kills per set, and finished her freshman campaign 1.9 kills per frame, en route to an honorable mention all-state selection and 5A Fiesta All-Region second team honors both seasons. Thomas played her club volleyball for Club Red 17-Mizuno, where she helped the team win the Denver Crossroads U-17 Open in 2011.
Alabama returns to SEC action on Friday, Nov. 16, when it hosts South Carolina. First serve between the Tide and Gamecocks is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, at Foster Auditorium. UA wraps up its home schedule on Sunday, Nov. 16, against Auburn, when the teams square off at 1 p.m. CT, at Foster.
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