Feb. 2, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane volleyball team signed four players to the 2000 squad head coach Betsy Becker-Ferrer announced Wednesday.
"We are so excited to have these top players joining our family here at Tulane," Becker-Ferrer said. "These players are some of the best in the country. I am so happy for our program, our athletic department and the university to have these caliber players join us. This is the start of a new era for Tulane volleyball."
In her first recruiting class as head coach at Tulane, Becker-Ferrer inked three prep standouts from Texas and one from California. Leading the class is Texas 5A Player of the Year Ana Kenon. Kenon, a native of San Antonio, Texas, received U.S. Junior Olympic Volleyball and Volleyball Magazine High School All-American Honors and was named Player of the Year by the Texas Sports Writers Association, Express News. The 6-0 outside hitter is a three time all-state selection and has been an alternate on the USA Volleyball Youth National Team for the past two years. As a junior she received player of the week honors three times and was named the All-Greater San Antonio Area Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore. Kenon chose Tulane over Florida, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Michigan State LSU and Baylor. Kenon?s father Larry played in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs.
"Ana is our dynamic player that touches 10 feet and brings a whole new dimension to the game," Becker-Ferrer said.
The Green Wave also signed Lauren Jones-McClain a first team All-Central Texas Class 5A player from Austin, Texas. Jones-McClain hails from Westwood High School which the 1999 Texas Class 5A high school championship and received all-state tournament honors for her performance. As a junior, Jones-McClain was named the Westwood High School Newcomer of the Year and was a member of the Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Team. Jones-McClain chose Tulane over Texas, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina and Kansas.
"Lauren is a very mature player who gets the job done offensively and defensively," Becker-Ferrer said. "She is so consistent for being a young player, it amazes me."
Also on Tulane?s list of signees is Texas Setter of the Year Amanda Miller. As a senior the Austin, Texas, native was named first team all-district and first team All-Centex. As a junior, Miller was honored with both the District 14-5A Most Valuable Setter of the Year and Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year titles. Miller chose Tulane over UMass, Texas Christian and Texas-Arlington.
"Amanda has the ability to run the show," Becker-Ferrer said. "She is not only as fast as lightning but also makes great decisions."
Rounding out the list is Kim Swafford, a 6-3 middle hitter from San Diego, Calif. Swafford was a 1999 all-region, All-Grossmont League and all-east county selection. Swafford chose Tulane over Georgia, South Carolina, Tulsa and UNLV.
"Kim will make presence in the middle with her size and her blocking skills," Becker-Ferrer said. "She is physical and will contribute immediately."