Nov. 15, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – The UT Arlington volleyball program signed two new Mavericks – Cassidy Wheeler and Briana Sharratt – for the 2013 season, head coach Diane Seymour announced Wednesday.
“Both girls are proven winners. Cassidy led her team to the Regional Semifinals last week and Briana is competing in the State Tournament this weekend,” Seymour said.
Cassidy Wheeler, 5-9, Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood High School)
Wheeler is a three-year letter winner and starter as a setter at Kingwood High School. She was a two-time All-District and Academic All-District selection during her high school career. Wheeler was named to the 2012 Greater Houston Volleyball Coaches Association (GHVCA) preseason team. Most recently, she was named a 2012 VYPE Magazine Houston Area Top 30 Player. Wheeler led Kingwood all the way to the Regional Semifinals where a loss would end her final high school season.
“Cassidy brings athleticism to the setting position which will help our offense become more effective. She and Amanda Welsh (the current starting setter) will complement one another,” Seymour said of Wheeler.
Briana Sharratt, 6-1, Aledo, Texas (Aledo High School)
Sharratt is a three-time starter and letter winner for Aledo High School. The middle blocker was a three-time All-District and Academic All-District selection throughout her high school campaign. Sharratt also earned the 2010 Newcomer of the Year award as a sophomore and the 2011 5-4A Most Valuable Hitter award as a junior. In 2011, Sharratt was named to the VYPE Magazine first team, Fort Worth Star Telegram Super Team first team, and TGCA All-State. During her at Aledo, she has been named to the All-Tournament team at the Grapevine Invitational, Byron Nelson Invitational, and Volleypalooza. Sharratt is still competing as she has led her team to a spot in the State Tournament this weekend.
“Bri is the most competitive athlete we have brought here in a while. She will challenge for immediate playing time as a very offensive middle blocker,” Seymour said of Sharratt.