German Junior National Nele Barber Joins Marquette Volleyball
June 19, 2013
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s volleyball team has announced the addition of German outside hitter Nele Barber for the fall of 2013. Barber will arrive on campus this fall and have four years of eligibility remaining with the Golden Eagles.
"Nele is a tremendous volleyball player and has competed at the highest international level on the German Junior National Team,” Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “She is a complete six-rotation player who has experience, poise, skill and vision. She will play the game more like a senior than a freshman, and she will definitely add a new component to our team. Nele is looking forward to playing in the United States, and I think that she will be an integral part of making a legitimate run at the BIG EAST title again this year."
Barber, who has played for the German Junior National Team for the past three years, has represented Germany in more than 80 international youth and junior matches from 2010-13. Barber and her junior national teammates compete in the German Bundesliga Frauen with VC Olympia ’93 Berlin for head coach Han Abbing.
VCO Berlin was one of the youngest teams in its league during the 2012-13 season while competing in Germany’s top division. Former Marquette All-American Nikki Klingsporn played for VB Wiesbaden in the same league in 2011 following her senior season in Milwaukee.
The Berlin native graduated from Schul- und Leistungssportzentrum Berlin (Education and Sports Centre Berlin), one of 39 German Eliteschule des Sports.
The 6-foot outside hitter most recently competed for Germany in the 2012 CEV Junior Volleyball European Championship and averaged 2.33 kills per set over 15 matches, while hitting a combined .320. Barber also notched 10 aces during the tournament and ranked 12th with 142 total points.
Barber competed as a 16-year old with the German U-19 team in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship in Ankara, Turkey. She helped the Germans to a fifth-place finish in the event, while finishing the tournament with 15 kills and 14 digs.
She also led the Germans to a fourth-place finish in the 2011 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship.
Barber joins five other players to comprise a six-player freshman class for the Golden Eagles in 2013. She is one of two outside hitters in the freshman class, joining Canadian Autumn Bailey, while defensive specialists Nicki Barnes and Lauren Houg and middle hitters Rachel Vidourek and Teal Schnurr will also make their MU debuts in 2013.