Columbus State University

Columbus State volleyball looks for experience in Class of 2016 signees

Columbus State has signed seven volleyball players to joing the program for the 2016 season.

Five of the seven players have previous college or international experience.

“I am really excited about our class of 2016,” CSU coach Casey Cornett said. “This is an older group as most of them are coming from previous schools. With that, they will bring experience and intensity that will add to our existing team dynamic.

“I am equally pleased with my incoming freshmen as I know they love the sport and are excited to challenge and push my older players, which I believe they will do a great job of.”

The players are Zoemy Barreto, Whitney Coles, Melissa Murray, Nicole Pollzzie, Jordan Screen, Ashley Smith and Dayanna Teixiera.

Barreto and Teizeira have played the past two seasons together at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla.

Barreto, a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, totaled more than 500 kills and 600 digs during her career at Pole State. Teixeira, a native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, had more than 500 kills.

Polk State made the JUCO national tournament both seasons Barreto and Teixeira were on the team.

Murray played the past two seasons at Paris (Texas) Junior College. A native of Crandall, Texas, Murray had 272 kills and 240 digs last season.

Screen, who is from Lawrenceville, Ga., is trasferring from Georgia State. She played in 12 matches last season.

Smith played the past two years at St. John’s River State College in Palatka, Fla. She amassed more than 400 kills in her two seasons.

Coles played last season at Flowery Branch (Ga.) High, and Pollzzie played at Saint Mary Catholic Central in Monroe, Mich.

CSU will open the 2016 season in September. The Cougars are looking to rebound from a miserable 5-25 campaign in 2015.

Kevin Price: 706-320-4493, @lesports