Brown Volleyball Announces Class of 2017

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Brown head volleyball coach Diane Short has announced the six members of the Class of 2017 who will be joining the Bears on the court in the fall of 2013. The group includes two setters, two middle blockers and two outside hitters, and the student-athletes all hail from the state of California.

"We are very excited about this class," said Short. "They all come from winning programs and are hard-working team players. We expect several of them to challenge for spots in the starting line-up as freshmen."
 

Stephanie Kellogg
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
High School: St. Francis High School
Club Team: Vision Gold 18-1
Position: Middle Blocker

- Competed in the WCAL and NorCal finals during her junior year and helped her squad earn the CCS Championship title
- Captained her team as a senior, helping them to compete in the semi-finals of the CCS tournament
- Named a Mercury News Athlete of the Week in 2011
- A two-time recipient of her school's Scholar-Athlete Award, winning the honor during her junior and senior years

Sarah Lucenti
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
High School: Chadwick School
Club Team: Sunshine 18 South Bay
Position: Setter

- Helped her team to the CIF finals for three consecutive seasons, taking the title during her sophomore and junior years and earning runner-up status during her senior campaign
- Competed on the state semi-final team in 2011
- Named the 2012 Prep League MVP
- Earned first team CIC honors in 2011 and 2012
- Received first team All-Prep League accolades in 2011 after earning second team honors in 2010

Clare Olivares
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
High School: Marlborough School
Club Team: Sunshine 18 Southside
Position: Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter

- Earned her school's MVP and Coaches Award after helping the team place second in the league in 2011
- Qualified for the South Eastern Junior Olympics, finishing third
- Also competed at Junior Nationals

Payton Smith
Hometown: Atherton, CA
High School: Sacred Heart Prep
Club Team: Vision Gold 18-1
Position: Middle Blocker

- Won the Prep League Championship with her team during the 2011-2012 season
- Helped her team to the Central Coast Sectional Championship and the Northern California Championship in both 2010 and 2012 seasons
- A three-year selection to the All-Division Palo Alto Daily News Team, the West Bay Athletic League Team and the All-Division San Mateo County Team
- Selected as an honorable mention 2012 All-Sports Player of the Year by the San Mateo Daily Journal
- Earned First Team Max Preps, California All-State honors for Division IV volleyball
- Competed in the open division at Junior Nationals for three consecutive seasons

Emma Thygesen
Hometown: Menlo Park, CA
High School: Menlo School
Club Team: City Beach Black 18-1
Position: Outside Hitter

- A four-year letter winner and co-captain during her senior year, she led her team to the state section quarterfinals in 2012
- Named to the WBAL All-League team
- Earned Max Preps Player of the Week honors
- Qualified for four Junior National Championships
- Also earned a letter in basketball
- National Merit Commended Scholar

Carly Wagenbach
Hometown: Hermosa Beach, CA
High School: Marymount High School
Club Team: Sunshine 18 Westside
Position: Setter/Defensive Specialist

- Won two CIF Division 1-A Championships
- Helped her team to the California Division I state final where they earned runner-up status