Dec. 4, 2013
By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington volleyball coach Diane Seymour announced the signing of three new Mavericks for the 2014 season.
The Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Tournament runner-ups are adding Qiana Canete, Ashlynn Ford and Zhanelle Geathers to the team next year. All three are currently high school seniors.
"Our main objective with this recruiting class was to get great athletes and we have done that," Seymour said. "We needed to bring in athletes at the outside hitter position that have the ability to contribute right away and that is what Qiana Canete and Ashlynn Ford can do."
Canete, a 5-9 outside hitter/middle blocker, was a three-year letterwinner for Copperas Cove High School. As a sophomore in 2011, Canete was named First Team All-District (8-5A). The Copperas Cove, Texas native earned back-to-back District 8-5A MVP honors in 2012 and 2013. Canete capped off her 2013 senior season with a TGCA All-State nod, as well as being named to the All-Tournament Team at the Austin Invitational and Grandbury Invitational.
Ford, a 5-10 outside hitter, was a three-year letterwinner and starter for A&M Consolidated High School. The College Station, Texas native earned First Team All-District and Academic All-District honors as a junior in 2012. Ford concluded her final high school season as her district's 2013 Offensive Player of the Year, and was selected to the All-Tournament Team at Frauleinfest and the Arlington Invitational.
"Canete and Ford are great leapers, six rotation players and come from winning programs," UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour said. "We are looking forward to getting them in the gym and seeing how quickly they can catch up to the speed of the college game."
Geathers, a 6-2 middle blocker, was a four-year letterwinner for Lindale High School. She has earned First Team All-District (16-4A) honors every year of her high school career (2010-13). Geathers was named District 16-4A's Most Valuable Hitter as a sophomore (2011), junior (2012) and senior (2013).
"Zhanelle Geathers is going to be exciting," Seymour said. "Maverick volleyball fans are going to love watching this kid get better and better every year. I can't wait to see her improve every day."
The Mavericks completed the 2013 season with a 19-15 overall record and a 10-8 conference mark. UTA will enter its second year in the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.