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' four fall signees, Kristen Brashear, Melanie Crow, Aubrey Edie and Margaret Eggert, to make up the 2013 class. Bakima and Fisher will be juniors in 2013 and have two years of eligibility remaining.
"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," Getzin said. "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."
Bakima, who is known by friends as Mapie, comes to Oxford from Nogent-sur-Oise, France. Bakima has played at San Jacinto College for each of the last two years, and was named the NJCAA Player of the Year last season for region XIV.
"Mapie is 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," Getzin said. "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."
Beaty is the lone freshman joining Ole Miss during the spring period. Beaty, a 5-foot-11 setter, comes from Coppell, Texas, where she helped guide Coppell High School to a 5A state championship last season.
"Laura adds some depth at the setting position, and she comes from a great volleyball pedigree as well," Getzin said. "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."
Fisher, a 5-foot-3 libero/defensive specialist from Manvel, Texas, started every match as a freshman at the University of New Mexico. Playing at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, last season, Fisher was named second team all-conference.
"Cara is going to bring some passing depth to the team, which is something that will be welcome," Getzin said. "She plays with a great deal of passion, so we're excited to have her in the program."
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