Becker on Matthews: "Ellen is a pleasant surprise and we are fortunate to land a player of her caliber. She is a good athlete who set in club and high school. She'll help our practices run smoothly and has the potential, through hard work, to become a match player."
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Shiloh High for coach Kristy Dermid...helped lead the Generals to regional championships as a junior and senior, including a trip to the state final four her final year at Shiloh...voted team captain and earned team MVP honors as a sophomore, junior and senior...also garnered all-county honors her final three prep seasons...as a senior, named County Player of the Year and Region 8-5A Player of the Year while claiming a spot on the Georgia Senior All-Star Team...also lettered four times in track and field where she was part of the 4x400-meter relay team that was region runner-up and finished eighth in the state...off the court, was a member of Beta Club, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta...earned academic letters all four years and graduated with honors after finishing in the top five percent of her class...claimed Top Achievement Awards in math, English, economics and physics.
Club: Played club volleyball for Atlanta Juniors from 1999-2001.
Personal: Born Ellen Joy Matthews on Feb. 12, 1984 in East Point, Ga...daughter of Paul and Joy Shelton...has two brothers, Will Matthews and Ian Shelton...chose Tulane over Georgia Tech, Case Western and Furman...undecided on major.