UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley announced the complete 2023 women’s volleyball recruiting class on Friday. The four-player class represents four different states.
Karis Willow, a 6-4 outside hitter from Ohio, was officially announced as a Penn State commit in November. Joining her in the class are Catherine Burke, a 6-3 middle blocker from Illinois, Kate Lally, a 5-9 setter from State College, and Joce Nathan, a 5-6 defensive specialist from Delaware.
“I am very excited about our 2023 class,” Schumacher-Cawley said. “As we have gotten to know each of these young women better through their unique recruiting processes, we have found that they each will bring something special to the program. I expect Karis, Joce, Catherine and Kate to be great teammate, and to work hard in all facets of our program, including on the court, in the classroom and in the community. I am looking forward to their arrival on campus and integrating them into the Penn State culture and community.”
The four players are set to join a Penn State team that finished 26-8 and advanced to its 42nd consecutive NCAA Tournament in Schumacher-Cawley’s first season as head coach in Happy Valley.
Below is a closer look at each incoming player:
6-3, middle blocker
Glenview, Ill./Loyola Academy
Ranked as the No. 86 recruit overall and No. 4 in Illinois by Prep Dig…Played four years at Loyola Academy and earned the AVCA Best and Brightest Award…Played three years of club with Wildcat Juniors and three with Adversity VBC.
Parents are Jim and Erin Burke…Father played lacrosse at Colby College…Has one older brother, Jack, who played hockey at Navy, one older sister Annabelle, who plays lacrosse at Michigan, and three younger sisters: Emma, Nora, and Lily…Enjoys cooking, hanging out with family and friends, and yoga…Intends to major in business.
State College, Pa./State College
Was an all-state selection her senior season playing for State College High School…Earned Mid-Penn Co-MVP of the Year recognition her senior season…Received two first-team Mid-Penn awards and was a two-time PA Division Six All-Star selection…Was twice named her team’s Offensive Player of the Year…Was a two-year team captain and helped…
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