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Volleyball inks three top recruits
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Release: 12/06/2011
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Michelle Griffith, Sarah Guzman and Carling Urben have joined the Sam Houston State women's volleyball program as early signings for the Bearkats.

Griffith is a setter from The Woodlands College Park High School. Guzman is an outside hitter from Corpus Christi King High School. Urben is a multi-sport athlete from Salado High School.

"Our focus for this recruiting class was bringing in winners on and off the court, and we have done just that," Sam Houston head coach Brenda Gray said. "All of these players are great student-athletes who will add to the competitiveness in our gym on a daily basis.  We look forward to them joining the Bearkat family."

Griffith rolled up high school career totals of 2,442 assists, 1,094 digs and 186 aces. She earned first team All-District, academic All-District , district "Setter of the Year" and team "Most Valuable Player" honors during her career.

 "Michelle is an accomplished setter who is used to winning" Gray said. "She has led some of the top club and high school teams not only in Texas, but in the nation.  She plays great defense and distributes the ball well.  In addition to her polished skill set, Michelle is a fiery competitor who should make an impact early in her career."

Guzman is a three-time All-District, All-South Texas and All-Metro selection, winning "Newcomer of the Year" honors in 2008, Lonestar Volleyball 2010 "Hitter of the Year" honorable mention and PrepVolleyball 2011 All-Texas recognition.

She led the Mustangs to four consecutive district championships, the regional quarterfinals in 2009 and 2011 and the semifinals in 2010. She plays for the Wave Volleyball Club. In 2011, she totaled 513 kills, 314 digs, 80 aces and 40 blocks. She also is a regional qualifier in the triple jump in track and field

 "Sarah is a complete player who has the capability of being a true six-rotation outside," Gray said. " She also has a lot of versatility and could fill in at most positions.  She has great length and has played a big role on some very successful club and high school teams.  It won't take Sarah long to adjust to the speed of the college game, and once she does, we expect big things from her."

Urben totaled 476 kills, 95 blocks, 79 aces and 271 digs as a senior in 2011. She was District Co-Most Valuable Player and first team All-Area and All-District after leading Salado to a undefeated District 25-3A championship in 2010. She also has won Academic All-District honors throughout her career.

She also earned All-District honors in basketball, leading her team to the state semifinals and has been a state qualifier in track and field in the high jump and mile relay.

 "Carling is someone who has a lot of future," Gray said. "She is naturally athletic, and with a little training, she will become a force very early in her career.  Although one of the top clubs in the nation wanted her to play for them, Carling chose instead to focus on staying a well-rounded athlete by participating in basketball and track.  She is an exciting addition to our team."

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