ARLINGTON, Texas -- Local standouts Kailyn Gilbreath and Cameryn Zahradnik have signed national letters of intent with UT Arlington volleyball, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon by head coach Diane Seymour.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of these two players," Seymour said. "First of all, they address the immediate needs of the two seniors we are graduating with (Kaitlyn) Granger at the outside position and Cassidy (Wheeler) at setter. Secondly, they both have the ability to step in and compete right away.
"Cameryn is a six-rotation outside hitter that is offensive in both the front court and from the back court, which can give us a different look than we have had in the past. Kailyn is a special player. She is as competitive as it gets and she has the skill set to help us at the setter position and as a right-side hitter position. She is lefty that moves the ball around the block very well.
"They are both winners. They have a winning mind-set and have been highly successful throughout their prep careers. We cannot wait to get them both in the gym to add to the returning players that we will have for 2017 and beyond."
Kailyn Gilbreath, S/H, 5-9 (Fort Worth, Texas; Boswell High School) – A four-year starter at Boswell High School … A three-time first-team all-district honoree … Three-time academic all-district … On the AVCA Under Armor Phenom and All-America watch list … Named to the 2016 National All-Tournament team at the Girls Junior National Championships … Earned all-tourney honors at the 2016 San Marcos Raging Rattlers Tournament … As a junior in 2015, was named district offensive player of the year … Earned all-tournament honors in the Anna Kang Hawaiian Invitational and the 2015 San Marcos Ragin Rattlers … On the DFW 6A leaderboard top-10 in kills, aces and digs … Was tabbed Super second-team by the Star-Telegram … Member of the National Honor Society as a junior and senior, ranking among the top 10 percent in 2016 …In 2014, was named district MVP and super second-team Star Telegram … Earned all-tournament team honors in the Ragging Rattlers San Marcos and EMS-ISD Tournaments … As a freshman, helped club team (Tejas VBC) to the 2013 National Championship (USA division) … Named to the all-tournament team at the Ragging Rattlers San Marcos and Granbury Classic Tournament … Was named 2013 Newcomer of the Year … Coached by Kevin Anderson at Boswell HS … Personal: Daughter of Shane Gilbreath and Debbie Sperling.
Cameryn Zahradnik, OH, 6-0 (Keller, Texas; Keller High School) – Four-year starter at Keller High School … Daughter of former UT Arlington standout Jessica Bowlin Zahradnik, a one-time UTA record holder in digs … Tabbed to the 2016 Plano Invitational All-Tournament Team … First-team all-district 5-6A in 2015 … Named first-team all-district in 2014 and to the PrepVolleyball SOPH 79 … A three-time first-team all-district honoree … Named to the 2016 Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches Preseason All-Texas Team … In 2015, was tabbed to the DFW SuperTeam and a Prep Volleyball Top-50 recruit … Named 2013 Newcomer of the Year in District 5-5A … Played club volleyball with TAV, Dallas Premier and Tejas … Competed at junior nationals open volleyball championships from 2012-16 … Won a Gold Medal in 2013 14-U Championships … Earned a Gold Medal in the 2015 16-U Championships … A member of the AVID Program at Keller HS … Coached by Jamie Siegel … Personal: Daughter of Tyson and Jessica Zahradnik … Mother Jessica played at UTA from 1995-98 … Is an active member of the Milestone Church.