Aug. 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Included among the players who are vying for a spot on the 2013 Navy volleyball roster are five recruited members of the Class of 2017. This quintet consists of McKenzie Bailey (Dublin, Ohio), Raena Borcuk (Twin Peaks, Calif.), Alli Graf (Annapolis, Md.), Gaby Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Carmen Sturdifen (Chase City, Va.).
"This group of recruited players adds a great deal of ball-control and athleticism, along with a ton of high quality competitive experience to our team," said Navy head coach Larry Bock. "We are continuing to systemically fill our needs with terrific, bright, committed young ladies."
Bailey, a graduate of Dublin Coffman High School, competed on the school's volleyball, basketball and track teams. Her volleyball team won its league and district titles in each of her four years. Individually, she earned first-team all-league and all-district honors in the sport as a senior.
Borcuk, who attended Rim of the World High School, was part of a volleyball program that won three league titles, placed second in the CIF twice, won the CIF once and advanced to the state semifinals as a senior. She earned four all-league accolades, three All-CIF honors and was the 2012 CIF Player of the Year.
Graf helped Broadneck High School win a pair of state titles during her four years at the school. She herself would garner a trio of first-team all-county laurels for her efforts.
Smith earned three all-state accolades as a member of the Princess Anne High School volleyball team. She also was tabbed as the co-player of the year in the region in 2010 and received three all-state certificates.
Sturdifen, a graduate of Bluestone High School, earned three all-district honors as a member of the school's volleyball team. She also was selected as the district's player of the year in both 2011 and `12, received three all-region awards and was named as the region's player of the year as a senior.
"Our 2013 roster is trending toward being a fast and extremely athletic team," said Bock. "Also, the sum total of our volleyball IQ continues to increase. The team has been training really well since the end of the school year. We should be able to set some pretty high goals for ourselves this fall."
Navy will hold its first official practice of the 2013 season on August 7.