WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW volleyball Head Coach Amy Bambenek has announced the addition of Savannah Brown (Mebane, NC/Cedar Ridge), Maddi Cordia (Saint Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North), Morgan Owney (Elizabeth City, NC/Northeastern) and Casey Rieger (Matthews, NC/ Providence) to the roster for the 2013 season.

The quartet will join fellow incoming freshmen Alyssa Desjardins (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) Nicole Lott (West Chester, Penn./Bishop Shanahan) and Kristen Powell (Raleigh, N.C./ Garner Magnet), who signed with the program in the fall, as newcomers on the 2013 roster.

“This recruiting class as a whole raises the bar for our entire program,” said Bambenek. “We will have depth at every position which will allow us to compete hard in practice and each player truly brings something valuable and unique to our team.  It will be fun to see all the pieces to our puzzle some together this preseason. “

Complete bio information as well as quotes from Coach Bambenek on all four players can be found below.

Savannah Brown | 6-0 | Middle Blocker | Mebane, NC | Cedar Ridge/Triangle VBC

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HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year letterwinner at Cedar Ridge … Missed senior season due to injury … Led Red Wolves to back-to-back NCHSAA state playoff appearances, including semifinal runner-up finish in 2010 … Honorable Mention All-Conference selection following junior season … Led team in total kills (168) and digs per set (1.3) … Two-time Scholar-Athlete selection … Will graduate with honors.

CLUB: Has played the past three seasons for Triangle Volleyball Club … Also played for Jammers Volleyball Club.

Bambenek on Brown: “Savannah is a great team player and will add depth to our middle hitter position.  She is a self-driven athlete and has received valuable training and playing experience from Triangle volleyball club.  We are excited to have Savannah join our team this fall”

Maddi Cordia | 5-8 | Setter | Saint Charles, Mo. | Francis Howell North/High Performance VBC

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HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Francis Howell ... Led knights to back-to-back state final four appearances … First-team All-District and Second-Team All- Gateway Athletic Conference South selection as a senior … Averaged 6.0 assists and 1.5 digs per set during senior season … Honorable Mention All-GAC South pick following junior season … Two-time GAC South All-Academic team selection … All-State Academic Team honoree as a senior … Member of the National Honor Society.

CLUB: Plays for High Performance VBC.

Bambenek on Cordia: “Maddi is a great addition to our team in so many different ways.  Along with great skills she also brings energy and excitement to the court.  Maddi is very technically sound with her setting and has the ability to run a tempo offense and deliver and consistent ball to her hitter from anywhere on the court.”

Morgan Owney | 5-8 | Libero | Elizabeth City, NC | Northeastern/Coastal Virginia VBC

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HIGH SCHOOL: Led Northeastern to back-to-back regional championships and NCHSAA Class 2A state runner-up finishes (2001-& 2012) … Also helped the Eagles capture three straight conference championships … Three-time All-Conference selection (2011,2012 & 2013) … Named Team Co-MVP following senior season and Team Defensive MVP as a sophomore … First-Team All-District selection by The Daily Advance … Member of National Honor Society.

CLUB: Plays for Coastal Virginia VBC … Led squad to sixth-place finish at 2012 AAU Nationals … Served as captain of the squad for the 2011 season … Guided team to first place finishes at Capital Hill Classic and Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix events in 2011.

Bambenek on Owney: “Morgan really impressed us at camp last summer with her relentless effort. She has extremely quick reactions and reads the game well. Morgan is a hard worker on and off the work and because of this she is a perfect fit for our program.”

Casey Rieger | 5-11 | Outside Hitter | Matthews, NC | Providence/Carolina Juniors

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HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner … Three-time SW4A Conference Player-of-the-Year … Four-time All-Conference selection … Recorded 307 kills, 170 digs, 27 total blocks and 32 service aces during senior season … Tallied 316 kills and 167 digs during junior campaign … Named Team MVP all four seasons … Served as team captain for sophomore and senior seasons … Led Panthers to 2011 NCHSAA Class 4A State Championship … Also guided squad to 2010 Class 4A state runner-up finish … Also played basketball at Matthews, earning Second-Team All-Conference accolades.

CLUB: Plays for Carolina Juniors … Led squad to championship in MAPL Queen City Classic.

Bambenek on Reiger: “Casey is an exceptional 6 rotation outside hitter that is consistent at hitting all angles with power. Her talent and competitive drive will allow her to push for playing time right away. Like many of our 2013 recruits Casey is also a stellar student and works hard in the classroom. “