Carolina - UNCW volleyball Head Coach Amy Bambenek has announced the
signing of Alyssa Desjardins (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) Nicole Lott (West
Chester, Penn./Bishop Shanahan) and Kristen Powell (Raleigh, N.C./ Garner
Magnet) to National Letters-of-Intent during the early signing period.
will join the Seahawks program as freshmen for the 2013 season.
information and comments from Coach Bambenek on all three players can be found
Played in every varsity match during her four-year career at Creekview ...Tallied more than 3,500 assists and 1,100 digs during prep career ... Averaged
8.95 assists, 2.63 digs, 1.18 kills and 0.61 service aces per set during senior
season … Averaged 9.28 assists, 2.97 digs, 0.98 kills and 0.56 service aces per
frame as a junior ... Two-time District Setter-of-the-Year ... First-Team
All-District selection in 2010 ... Tabbed District Freshman-of-the-Year … Named
Team MVP following junior season ... Garnered High Honorable Mention distinction
on Prepvolleyball.com Top Sophomore 79 ranking ... Earned Special Mention
recognition on Prepvolleyball.com Top Frosh 59 listing ... Member of National
Honor Society ... Received Creekview’s King/Roosevelt Crimson Honor for
for Texas Advantage Black ... Earned All-Texas Team Special Mention from Lonestar
Volleyball ... Led team to Silver Medal in the U17 Division of the 2012 USA
Volleyball Nationals ... Earned All-Tournament Team distinction at the event ...
Paced squad to open championship titles at the Show Me Qualifier, the Lonestar
Qualifier and the Las Vegas Classic during 2012 season ... Helped team claim the
Silver Medal at the 2011 AAU Nationals ... Led team to back-to-back open
championships at Northern Lights Qualifier ... Paced team to Bronze Medal at the
2010 USA Volleyball Nationals ... Helped squad capture Gold Medal in U14 Open
Division of 2009 USA Volleyball Nationals.
may be small in size but she is going to be a huge addition to our program. She
will bring in a wealth of knowledge and high level experience having been a
starter for a top 5 nationally ranked volleyball club (TAV). Alyssa is quick
and dynamic and runs the offense from anywhere on the court. She is a
strong court leader and plays with a lot of emotion and will push her teammates
to compete hard. Alyssa will have the opportunity to make an impact right away,
and I’m excited to work with her and implement her skills into our program."
Four-year starter at Bishop Shanahan ... Recorded 312 kills (3.70 kps) and
fashioned a .395 hitting percentage during senior season ... Also recorded 245
digs and 80 service aces ... Two-time AAA Pennsylvania All-State selection (2010-11) ... Two-time AAA PIAA First-Team All-District honoree (2010-11) ... Named Under
Armour Honorable Mention All-American ... Helped Eagles capture 2009 PIAA Class
AAA State Championship ... Named Team MVP following junior season … Served as
team captain for junior and senior seasons ... Named to Bishop Shanahan Honor
Roll with 4.0 GPA ... Member of Bishop Shanahan School Leadership Council.
CLUB: Plays for
Synergy Volleyball Club ... Helped Synergy 17 Orange capture the Gold
Medal in the U17 National Division of the 2012 USA Volleyball Nationals... Named to All-Tournament Team at the event ... Guided Synergy 15 Orange to
Bronze Medal in National Division of 2010 USA Volleyball National Championships ... Named to All-Tournament Team at the event ... Five-time USA Volleyball national
Bambenek on Lott: "Nicole is an outstanding all-around athlete that has experience in winning
championships. She is a fierce competitor and plays with a high level of
energy when she steps on the court. Each time I have seen her play she
has impressed me more and more with her speed and attacking power. Nicole has
received national recognition as an Under Armour High School All-American
Honorable Mention, as well has All-Tournament Team this past summer in the 17
National Division Championship. I expect Nicole to come in and help elevate our
team right away and envision a long successful career for her as a Seahawk."
Kristen Powell | 6-1 | Right Side
Hitter | Raleigh, N.C. | Garner Magnet | Triangle VBC
Two-time Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Player-of-the-Year ...
Four-time All-Conference selection ...Helped Garner capturethree straight Greater Neuse
River 4A Conference championships ... Ranked second in North Carolina Class 4A in
kills per set (4.7) ... Tallied 401 kills, 65 service aces, 58 total blocks and
47 digs during senior season ... Served as team captain as a senior.
for Triangle Volleyball Club ... One of six members of the TVBC’s 18 Black
squad who have signed college scholarships during the early signing period ...
Helped TVBC win Carolina Region Championship and earn 4th-place
finish at the Lone Star Classic U17 Open Division that earned quad a bid to the
2012 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships.
on Powell: "Kristen has experience playing every position across the net, but over the
past year she has really developed into a dominant RS/OH during the club
season. Her height and versatility as an attacker sold us on her as a solid
addition to our team. She can contact the ball high and has great control
of her arm swing, and will also be a big blocking presence at the net. I’m very
excited about Kristen’s potential and what she will bring to our team."