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Four Added to 2012 FIU Volleyball Squad
Courtesy: FIUSports.com
          Release: 12/13/2011
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MIAMI (Dec. 13, 2011) - Head Coach Danijela Tomic has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2012 FIU volleyball squad, as Ashlee Hodgskin, Gloria Levorin, Gabriela Roman, and Hayley Miller signed on to play for the Panthers during last month's early-signing period.

"We are very excited about the addition of Ashlee, Gloria, Gaby and Hayley to our program," Tomic said. "All three of them are outstanding kids and they will each have an immediate impact on our program, both on and off the court. They are committed student-athletes who will represent FIU volleyball and our University in a first-class manner."

Hodgskin will come to FIU from Windermere, Fla., having spent one academic year at Bishop Moore (2008-09) and two academic years at Foundation Academy (2009-11) before closing out her senior year at Olympia High School (2011-12). The 5-foot-10 setter served as team captain for four years as a three-time MVP and was named Athlete of the Year in 2011. In addition, Hodgskin brings a wealth of club volleyball experience to FIU, including having been a Top Select Volleyball Academy Club Team member.

"Ashlee is one of the hardest working players that I have recruited," Tomic said. "That kind of work ethic and commitment to improvement is something we look for in all of our players but especially in our setters who need to be leaders. Her leadership qualities and work ethic will give her the opportunity to make an immediate impact."

Also recruited by San Diego, South Carolina and Connecticut, Hodgskin is the daughter of Jon and Lori Hodgskin.

Levorin hails from Padova, Italy, as she is a six-year volleyball veteran. The 6-foot-1 middle blocker attended Liceo Scientifico Galilea Galilei in 2006-07 before spending her final school years at Liceo Scientifico Giovanni Battista Quadri from 2007-11. Levorin led her squad to numerous championship titles in under-18 competition and enjoyed MVP honors in 2008-09.

"Gloria is a dynamic middle blocker who reminds me a lot of Andrea [Lakovic]," Tomic said. "She brings nice size to our middle position and can hit in front of and behind the setter, and she will fit right into our offensive system. With her athleticism and experience we expect her to make an immediate mark on our program."

Levorin is the daughter of Germano Levorin and Fracesca Gastaldello, and she will join current freshman Silvia Carli as the FIU volleyball program's first-ever pair of Italian recruits.

Roman is a native of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, having spent her high school career at Saint Francis School. The 5-foot-11 opposite hitter was tabbed Best Offensive Player on two occasions and earned all-star recognition at the Saint Francis Volleyball Tournament. In 2011, Roman helped lead her Puerto Rico Junior National Team to an Under-20 Division title.

"Gaby is a very athletic right side hitter who has tremendous potential," Tomic said. "Being left-handed is a big advantage for her position and with her jumping ability she will be very hard to stop offensively."

Also recruited by Towson, USF and Hofstra, Roman is the daughter of Gabriel Roman Chimelis and Maria de Lourdes Latorre.

Miller hails from St. John's, Fla., where she was a three-time all-county volleyball selection at Creekside High School. The 5-foot-4 libero/defensive specialist received MVP honors on three occasions and was named Defensive MVP in 2010 en route to earning a spot on the 2011 Under Armour Watch List. Miller, a two-time all-conference pick, led the Knights to district and regional titles as a senior.

"Hayley is a great addition to our defensive group," Tomic said. "She is relentless on defense and has a contagious, enthusiastic personality. She is a fierce competitor and we are looking forward to developing her into a great collegiate libero."

Miller is the daughter of Darcy and Paula Miller, and was also recruited by Georgia Tech, Auburn and Southern Mississippi.

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 46,000 students in two campus and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.

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Four student-athletes signed on to play for the Panthers during the early-signing period.
Four student-athletes signed on to play for the Panthers during the early-signing period.

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