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WILMINGTON, North 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.

All three will join the Seahawks program as freshmen for the 2013 season.

Complete bio information and comments from Coach Bambenek on all three players can be found below. 


Alyssa Desjardins | 5-7 | Setter | Carrollton, Texas | Creekview | Texas Advantage VBC

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HIGH SCHOOL: 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 Leadership.

CLUB: Plays 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.

Bambenek on Desjardins: "Alyssa 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."

Nicole Lott | 5-11 | Outside Hitter | West Chester, Penn. | Bishop Shanahan | Synergy VBC

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HIGH SCHOOL: 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 qualifier.

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

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HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Player-of-the-Year ... Four-time All-Conference selection ... Helped Garner capture three 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.

CLUB: Plays 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.

Bambenek 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."

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