Volleyball Recruiting Class Earns Highest Honorable Mention
May 21, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – For the second time in three years, the Ole Miss volleyball team’s recruiting class earned Highest Honorable Mention honors by PrepVolleyball.com.  

“We are excited to add another great recruiting class to our program,” head coach Steven McRoberts said. “We have solid freshmen coming in that will immediately compete for playing time and all of them will make our practices better every day.”

The four-member 2018 class includes PrepVolleyball Senior Ace Aubrey Sultemeier, who joined the team in January. The 6-3 middle blocker from Fredericksburg, Texas, made her presence known in the spring and could make an immediate impact this season.

Joining the Rebels later this summer will be outside hitters Lauren Thompson (Springdale, Arkansas) and Hannah Puddy (Dallas, Texas) and defensive specialist Avery Bugg (Morrisville, North Carolina). 

Thompson earned Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2017 and was a three-time member of the Arkansas All-State Team.

Bugg earned 2017 Under Armour All-America Honorable Mention honors and was also named a Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com.

Puddy helped lead Bishop Lynch High School to state titles in 2015, 2016 and a runner-up finish in 2017. She was named to the AVCA Under Armour Phenom List in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Two years ago, the Rebels’ 2016 recruiting class earned Highest Honorable Mention honors, and several of those players helped lead the Rebels to the NIVC title this past season, setting numerous records along the way. 

That class included NIVC MVP Emily Stroup, who set the single-season kills record, setter Jordan Fate, who helped the Rebels set the single-season assists record and defensive specialist Nicole Purcell, who aided the Rebels in setting the single-season digs record.

For more information on Ole Miss Volleyball, follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissVB, on Facebook at OleMissVolleyball and on Instagram at OleMissVB. Also follow Coach McRoberts on Twitter, @CoachMcRoberts.






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