League One Volleyball continues to assemble a noteworthy forged of gamers and coaches.
Over the past week, startup LOVB has introduced the signings of American former NCAA stars Logan Eggleston, Zoe Fleck, Dani Drews and Madi Kubik, and worldwide standout Kimberly Drewniok of Germany.
Coaches Matt Fuehrbringer and Suzie Fritz additionally have been signed by the brand new league that may start its common season in January of 2025 with franchises in Atlanta, Salt Lake Metropolis, Houston, Omaha (Nebraska), Austin (Texas) and Madison (Wisconsin).
New LOVB gamers
The 2021 and 2022 VolleyballMag.com nationwide participant of the yr throughout her sensational profession for the Texas Longhorns, Eggleston has been assigned to LOVB Austin, becoming a member of Carli Lloyd as a founding athlete. After main the Longhorns to the 2022 NCAA title because the event Most Excellent Participant, Logan has competed within the Turkish professional league for the Galatasaray membership in Istanbul.
The high-flying 6-foot-2 outdoors hitter additionally has been within the health club with Coach Karch Kiraly’s USA girls’s nationwide staff and not too long ago obtained the 2023 NCAA Lady of the 12 months award, acknowledging her contributions on and off of the volleyball courtroom.
“Along with her storied document, together with successful 5 straight Massive 12 championships, being named the 2022 AVCA Participant of the yr, and scoring a record-setting 208 aces, Logan is an elite stage participant and staff chief,” LOVB director of sport Tom Hogan mentioned in a launch.
Fleck, a 5-foot-6 libero, additionally within the health club with the USA nationwide staff, was Eggleston’s teammate on Texas’ 2022 NCAA champions. She, too, was a 2022 Volleyballmag.com first-team All-American after beforehand enjoying at UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. Fleck has gained worldwide expertise enjoying for USC Münster within the German Bundesliga.
Drews loved an All-American profession at Utah and has frolicked within the USA health club. The 6-foot lefty outdoors hitter completed No. 3 on the leaderboard through the 2022 Athletes Limitless season and was voted one of many league’s two finest OHs. Drews has performed abroad within the Polish league, the Italian Collection A1 and for her current membership in Japan, the NEC Purple Rockets in Kawasaki.
Kubik, a 6-foot-3 outdoors hitter, was an All-American for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and VolleyballMag.com’s nationwide freshman of the yr in 2019. Kubik performed for the Cangrejeras de Santurce membership in San Juan and this season is with the Italian membership Cune.
Drewniok, 26, is a 6-2 reverse who competed for the German nationwide staff that completed 14th within the 2022 FIVB World Championships. Her current membership is Sariyer Belediyesi of Istanbul within the Turkish League. Drewniok is the second worldwide participant signed by LOVB, becoming a member of Brazilian Fabiana Claudino.
“I’m very a lot wanting ahead to exploring the roots of America’s thrilling sport and connecting with the nice athletes and people who’ve made it what it’s immediately,” Drewniok mentioned in a launch.
New LOVB coaches
Fuerbringer, 49, loved a distinguished enjoying profession on the hardcourt and the sand. He was a four-time indoor All-American at Stanford and a key member of the college’s 1997 NCAA championship staff. Fuerbringer ranked among the many finest seaside gamers of his technology, successful eight occasions on the AVP circuit, together with a first-place end within the 2013 Manhattan Seashore Open (the Wimbledon of seaside volleyball) with longtime accomplice Casey Jennings.
Fuerbringer twice has labored as an assistant coach on the USA males’s indoor nationwide staff underneath John Speraw, together with serving on the employees of the bronze-medal squad within the 2016 Rio Olympics. He additionally was affiliate head coach for the ladies’s indoor program at Lengthy Seashore State.
The veteran Fritz is finest recognized for a extremely profitable teaching tenure at Kansas State from 2001 via 2022, guiding the Wildcats to 13 NCAA Event appearances and a 393-263 document. She was the affiliate head coach at Arkansas final season and in addition has labored with USA Volleyball.
Workforce assignments for the coaches might be introduced later, the league mentioned.