OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss volleyball team has added three student-athletes during the spring signing period to study and play volleyball at Ole Miss, head coach Joe Getzin announced Wednesday.

Marie-Pierre Bakima, Laura Beaty and Cara Fisher will join the Rebels´┐Ż four fall signees, Kristen Brashear, Melanie Crow, Aubrey Edie and Margaret Eggert, to make up the 2013 class.

Getzin on his Fall and Spring signing classes for 2013:
"This is by far one of the largest classes that we've had, but it's also one of the most talented classes that we've brought into Ole Miss. We're adding a lot of different positions, and the level of experience - the kids have all played at a very high level. They will be pushing for starting spots right from the beginning. It's exciting for us."

Signee Pos Ht Hometown
Marie-Pierre Bakima Outside hitter 5-10 Nogent-sur-Oise, France
Laura Beaty Setter 5-11 Coppell, Texas
Cara Fisher Libero 5-3 Manvel, Texas

Nogent-sur-Oise, France 5-10 Outside hitter San Jacinto College (Lycée Emmanuel Mounier)

Marie-Pierre Bakima
High school volleyball
  • Second at the French Youth Volleyball Championship in 2006
  • Finished fourth at the French National Junior Championship in 2007
  • Third at the French Junior Championship in 2008
  • Won the 2008 and 2009 French Junior National Championship
  • Played two years (2009-11) in the second league of France with the junior national team.
  • Won the Paris Beach Volleyball Junior Tournament
  • Won the International Tournament of Mulhouse with the French youth volleyball team in 2007.
Junior college volleyball
  • Finished fourth at the 2011 NJCAA Tournament
  • Region XIV Newcomer of the Year in 2011
  • Named to the 2011 NJCAA Volleyball Championship All-Tournament Team
  • Finished third at the 2012 NJCAA Tournament
  • NJCAA Player of the Year for region XIV in 2012
  • First Team All-American in 2012
  • Region XIV Most Valuable Player
  • First Team American Volleyball Coaches Association
International volleyball
  • Played four years for the French national team (youth and junior)
Academics/Community Involvement
  • San Jacinto College Dean's List (Fall, 2011)
  • Born Feb. 23, 1992
  • Daughter of Joseph and Geraldine Bakima
  • Has one older brother, Dominique, and a younger sister, Christelle
Quote about Marie-Pierre Bakima from Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin

"Marie is coming to us from San Jacinto College just outside of Houston. She's a two-time All-American in junior college and played on the French junior national team as a middle blocker. We're going to move her to the outside, which is where she has been playing at San Jacinto. She will add depth to the outside hitting position for us. She brings a lot of athleticism to that position. I'm excited to have her here."

Quote about Marie-Pierre Bakima from her junior college coach - Sharon Nelson, San Jacinto College

"Marie came to San Jacinto College and immediately made a strong and lasting impression. It took one day of preseason to name her captain, even as a freshman. Some of what we do is develop leadership in our players. I used to just use the phrase, "Good leaders take you where you want to be, and great leaders take you where you should be." Now I can use that phrase with someone specific in mind. Her talents were recognized by the entire conference. She was a unanimous vote for Newcomer of the Year her freshman year and a unanimous vote for Player of the Year her sophomore year. Now Ole Miss will get to experience her drive and passion. The intangibles she brings, mixed together with her volleyball IQ, will elevate any team at any level. Marie has set herself up to hold place in history here at San Jacinto College and will forever be in our hearts as one of our greatest."

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Coppell, Texas 5-11 Setter Coppell High School

Laura Beaty
High School Volleyball
  • 2012 5A state championship winner
  • All-District Honorable Mention
  • Fighting Heart Award winner in 2010
  • Two-year varsity letter winner in basketball
  • Five GJNV championship appearances
  • Won the Lonestar National Qualifier in 2011
Academics/Community Involvement
  • All-State academic team
  • Actively involved in a teen dating violence awareness group among the Dallas-Fort Worth area called "Be More."
  • Born Nov. 21, 1994
  • Daughter of Mike and Jennifer Beaty
  • Has one older brother, Travis
Quote about Laura Beaty from Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin

"We're excited to have Laura in our program for a couple reasons. One, she adds some depth at the setting position, and she comes from a great volleyball pedigree as well. She comes to us from Coppell High School where they were the state champions of Texas 5A, which is quite an achievement in Texas to win that. Laura brings, not only that setting background, but that depth to the type of people that we have on the team as well."

Quote about Laura Beaty from her club coach - Mike Minnis, Dallas Summit 18's

"With her size and athletic ability, Laura is not your average setter. Not only can she set any tempo ball, she adds a physical presence at the net that is uncommon in most setters."

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Manvel, Texas 5-3 Libero New Mexico/Blinn College (Manvel High School)

Cara Fisher
High School Volleyball
  • Four-year varsity starter in the 24-4A Brazoria County district
  • First Team All-District in 2010 and 2011
  • Voted team MVP in 2010 and 2011
  • 2009 Defensive Player of the Year for her district
  • 2009 Libero of the Year for Brazoria County
  • Advanced to the third round in the state tournament in 2009
  • 2009 Prep Volleyball Defensive Dandies
New Mexico
  • Started every match as a freshman.
Junior college volleyball
  • Second team All-Conference at Blinn College
Academic/Community Involvement
  • Texas Scholar
  • Participated in community service at local animal shelter
  • Born March 30, 1993
  • Daughter of Sherri and Don Musslewhite
  • Has one older sister, Crissa, and one older brother, Codie
  • Brother played college basketball and golf

Quote about Cara Fisher from Ole Miss head coach Joe Getzin

"Cara comes to us from Blinn College down in Brenham, Texas. She plays the libero/defensive specialist role. She is going to bring some passing depth to the team, which is something that will be welcome. She plays with a great deal of passion, so we're excited to have her in the program."

Quote about Melanie Crow from her junior college coach - Erin Mellinger, Blinn College

"We are going to miss Cara. She ran our serve-receive and set up the offense, but she also had a terrific personality. Her fiery attitude is going to translate to great success at Ole Miss."

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