HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's volleyball head coach Kris Czaplinski and his staff announced the signing off two players to National Letters of Intent that will join the Bobcats in the fall of 2013. Right side Jamie Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) and defensive specialist/libero Cody Michaels (Lexington, Ky.) signed their Letters of Intent last week and will add to the Bobcat's Class of 2017. Both players bring quality leadership ability as they both were captains for their high school teams this past season and played their best during their team's respective playoff runs.
"Being able to add two dynamic players like Jaime and Cody is incredible for our program," Czaplinski said. "Jaime brings us a great left handed right side who is able to contribute in all facets of the game. Whether its her defense or offense, she is dynamic and a force to be reckoned with. Being able to add another libero to the roster is just going to make our setters that much better. Cody has pin-point accuracy with her passing and her ability to read the offense is going to be very valuable going into the 2013 season."
Jamie Paolucci's signing means she joins her sister Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) at Quinnipiac, who is a standout sophomore catcher for the Quinnipiac softball team. Jaime stands 5'11 and is a left-handed hitting right side with a long lineage of success at the state and national level. Her team finished third in the state in 2012 after winning the 8A District Championship, 8A Conference Championship, and 8A Regional Championship. Her club team, Orlando Volleyball Academy 17 Molton, was ranked as high as sixth in the nation as they won the National Northeast Qualifier and went to the Junior Olympics. Jamie played right side for the Lake Mary Rams throughout her three-year varsity career and just recently led her team to the state Semifinals in Florida. The 2012 varsity captain stepped it up when the pressure was at its highest in the season as she contributed a dominate defensive outing with three solo blocks and four assist blocks to go along with 16 kills on the offensive side in the Semifinal match. For the regional and state Semifinals, Jaime was hitting at a .500 percent clip and she finished the season hitting .329 overall. She finished her breakout senior season with 215 kills in 511 total attempts, 62 digs, and 25 total blocks. On Sept. 13 Jaime had herself a career day against Hagerty with 18 kills in 35 total attempts while committing just one error, two service aces, two solo blocks, and three digs.
Cody Michaels will provide the Bobcat's much needed depth along the back line as she was one of the top liberos in Kentucky throughout her varsity career. Michaels was a defensive specialist/libero for the Lexington Catholic High School Knights. She broke through to become the first volleyball player in Lexington Catholic's history to sign at a Division I school and the last female to sign a Letter of Intent since 2010. For her career, Michaels was named three-time All-Tournament Team for her district and region in the state of Kentucky. She captained Lexington Catholic in 2012 as well as her club team, Lexington United. The two-time All-City First Team honoree will bring another added dimension to the Quinnipiac squad for the next four seasons.
The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team graduates three seniors in Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.), Brittany Garrett (Ossining, N.Y.) and Ashley Kopacki (Hackettstown, N.J.) and will enter next season with seven returning letterwinners from the 2012 squad.
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