PASADENA (June 12, 2018) – Head Coach Tom Gardner has revealed the Caltech volleyball class of 2022, consisting of six incoming freshmen.
Hannah Fan (Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga)
Alexandra Frymire (Dallas, Tex. / Greenhill)
Alex Klipfel (Agua Dulce, Calif. / Saugus)
Alison Noyes (Falmouth, Maine / Falmouth)
Sydney Richardson (Granite Bay, Calif. / Roseville)
Megan Wang (Henderson, Nev. / Advanced Technologies Academy)
"This is an outstanding class of scholar-athletes who bring size and experience to our quickly improving program," Head Coach Tom Gardner said. "Our defense will be stronger, both in the front row and back, with big middles and a quick libero. Offensively, our tempo should increase with a crafty setter and nimble attackers on the outside."
|Hannah Fan||Allie Frymire||Alex Klipfel|
|Saratoga, Calif.||Dallas, Tex.||Agua Dulce, Calif.|
|Allison Noyes||Sydney Richardson||Megan Wang|
|Fairmouth, Maine||Granite Bay, Calif.||Henderson, Nev.|
|Fairmouth||Roseville||Advanced Technologies Academy|
Saratoga, Calif. / Saratoga
Fan has four years of playing experience, with two of her teams having won All-League titles, and her club team winning the Regional Championships. She was a member of the Space Cookies Robotics Team and Secretary for both the WiSTEM Club and the Math Club. She did Bioinformatics research and a six-week Biochemistry internship at Boston University.
"Hannah plays excellent defense and has a variety of shots to go with her power as an attacker. She has the talent to help us on both the outside and in the libero position. She will solidify our defense and challenge that of our opponents."
Dallas, Tex. / Greenhill
Frymire has 12 seasons of playing experience, over which she has won two State Championships, twice been named team captain, and received All-Region and All-State honors. She was President of her WiSTEM Club, Founder of the Space Club and captain of her math team.
"Allie has outstanding court intelligence and vision, as well as the tools to run a fast-tempo offense. She is also a very solid blocker and aggressive attacker. She will immediately make our offense better."
Agua Dulce, Calif. / Saugus
Klipfel has nine seasons of playing experience and was recognized for a combination of her playing ability, GPA and community service with the SAMMY Award. She interned with a NASA employee and helped to recreate the Eddington Experiment during the 2017 solar eclipse at the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. She was also the President of her Science Olympiad Club and Vice President of the Math Tutor Club.
"Alex is a very smart hitter who possesses a variety of shots and is a phenomenal defender, with great range," Gardner said. "I have seen her get to balls that no other player would have touched. I expect her to be on the court a great deal this season."
Falmouth, Maine / Falmouth
Noyes has nine seasons of playing experience, including playing for the top team at the most successful club in her state, and was on the Junior Volleyball Association's Watch List last fall. She participated in the Science Olympiad, Zero Robotics, Math Team, State Science Fair and was an Animal Refuge League volunteer.
"Alison is a quick attacker who can run a variety of sets at a range of tempos. She is also a strong blocker and her size will help us up front. I would not be surprised if she took a starting spot in week one."
Granite Bay, Calif. / Roseville
Richardson has four years of playing experience, was named the Most Valuable Player on her team and helped lead her squad into the post-season. She was Vice President of the Robotics Club, Treasurer of the Math Team, participated in Code Wars and PLTW Design Competitions and tutored in Math and Science. She also expressed her artistic talents as Vice President of the Art Club and a member of the Mural Club.
"Sydney puts up a huge block and is aggressive at the net as an attacker. Her skills at the net and formidable size will make our defense much stronger. She seems like a competitor who would be hard to keep out of the lineup."
Henderson, Nev. / Advanced Technologies Academy
Wang has 10 seasons of playing experience and has been named Academic All-State and All-Conference three times, First Team All- State and All-Conference and won two State Championship titles. She was also her team's MVP and captain. She was a research volunteer at UNLV in a computer lab, volunteered at UMC Hospital, was Vice President of Future Business Leaders of America and Red Cross Club and a member of Mu Alpha Theta Club. She was awarded the Harvard Book Prize, was a College Board National AP Scholar, a National Merit Semi-Finalist and was the Nevada Girls State Treasurer.
"Megan is an outstanding libero who has great quickness and a solid platform that make her an awesome passer and defender. She is strong at reading hitters and can track down any errant balls with excellent anticipatory skills."
"The 2018 team will be the largest that we have had and I expect to make lineup changes throughout the season as the players compete in practice," Gardner said. "Our returners worked hard during our non-traditional segment and I expect us to start further ahead this fall than ever before. I am excited to see the milestones that the 2018 team can reach."