THE FLATS – Georgia Tech volleyball and coach Michelle Collier announced the signing of five future Yellow Jackets to the 2023 roster on Wednesday.
Joining Texas transfer DeAndra Pierce and future Yellow Jacket Zoe Winford to complete this year’s class will be one graduate transfer and four international freshmen. The well-rounded recruiting class is now composed of two middle blockers, two outside hitters, two setters and one defensive specialist.
Afedo Manyang, MB (Fort Worth, Texas/TCU)
Manyang comes to The Flats as a grad transfer from TCU, where she earned consistent playing time throughout her four years with the Horned Frogs. The future Jacket played in 259 sets across 79 matches with 43 starts through her four seasons in Fort Worth, Texas. In doing so, Manyang racked up 503 kills, 169 total blocks, 85 digs and 15 service aces during her tenure in Purple and White. Prior to an abbreviated senior season, the middle blocker was one of three Horned Frogs to appear in all 26 matches during the 2021 season as a junior. Through 88 sets and 14 starts, Manyang tallied career highs of 190 kills and 219.5 points on the year. Totaling eight matches with 10 or more kills, she set single-game highs of seven digs and a .571 hitting percentage during the season. With another 19 matches under her belt as a sophomore, Manyang finished with 182 kills as she set a single-game high of 24 kills. In her first collegiate season, the former Horned Frog followed a decorated high school career by making 18 starts in 20 matches, leading TCU in in blocks per set (0.95) and aces per set (0.22) as she ranked second among Big 12 freshmen in blocks per set. Manyang garnered 104 kills and 63 blocks as a freshman.
Deren Cukur, S (İzmir, Turkey/Irmak Schools)
Cukur crosses the pond with a wealth of experience, coming from Irmak Schools as she’s competed with Fenerbahce over the last four years. The future Yellow Jacket follows in the footsteps of family as her brother played at Grand Canyon and has gone on to play professionally in Turkey (Galatasaray) and the Czech Republic (Aero Odolena Voda), while her mother enjoyed a professional career in Turkey (Karsıyaka) for eight years. Cukur began her club career at age 9 with her mother’s old club and followed by joining Arkas, her brother’s former club. Tech’s new talent has thrived now in a high-level environment, helping Fenerbahce to back-to-back Istanbul 3 titles over the last two seasons. In the…
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