Marquette Volleyball Inks Bailey, Schnurr and Vidourek
Nov. 16, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Head coach Bond Shymansky and the Marquette University women's volleyball program have announced the signing of outside hitter Autumn Bailey and middle hitters Teal Schnurr and Rachel Vidourek to National Letters of Intent.
All three will arrive at Marquette in the summer of 2013 with four years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
"We have a great combination of size and power in this signing class," Shymansky said. "Three very different players, but all three fit into the vision we have for our program. Not only where we are now, but where we're headed. That is pretty exciting for us that we are getting top-tier kids who see that vision and they understand how they fit into it."
Schnurr, a native of Westminster, Colo., comes to Marquette after helping her Standley Lake High School squad reach a double-digit win total for the first time since 2007. The 6-foot-4 middle hitter did not start playing volleyball competitively until her freshman season and blossomed as a senior. In 2012, Schnurr led Standley Lake in almost every statistical category, including kills (477), hitting percentage (.324) and blocks (52).
"We wanted to pick up two middles in this class, considering the expected graduation of four middle and right-side hitters," Shymansky said. "With Teal Schnurr it came down to us and Oregon and a few other schools and at 6-4 she picks up where Danie (Carlson) left off in terms of size, mobility and agility. Teal moves well off one foot, hits high and hard, and can put up a formidable block at the net. We expect her to make an early impact in our program."
Vidouek, a 6-foot-1 middle hitter, led Talawanda High School (Oxford, Ohio) to a 21-2 overall mark and a Southwest Ohio Conference championship this fall. In 61 sets played, Vidouek racked up 346 kills (5.67 kills per set) and a hitting percentage of .620 (346-33-561), earning her the conference's athlete of the year award. She was a member of the Elevation Volleyball Club's Junior Olympic team.
"Rachel Vidourek is more like Holly (Mertens) and Carol (Henney) with what she can do as a faster hitter with speed and power. She moves well and hits well off of one foot, which is obviously a big part of our offensive system. Rachel gets off the ground very quick, and she has the drive and work ethic that fits our team character and chemistry. Vidourek is a valued addition to pick up where those four seniors left off," Shymansky said.
Bailey, from Burlington, Ontario (Assumption Secondary School), is the first Marquette women's volleyball player to hail from Canada since Jenn Brown and AVCA All-American Kim Todd graduated following the 2007 campaign. A 5-foot-9 outside hitter, Bailey was selected to the Canadian Junior National Team this past summer and captured a Canadian National Championship with her U-16 club team, Defensa, in 2011 as she earned national most valuable player honors.
"Autumn packs a powerful punch," said Shymansky. "She is not the tallest player on the court, but she is incredibly dynamic and every inch of her is geared toward volleyball, both athletically and emotionally. She is a fierce competitor and a tremendous athlete. She will remind a lot of people of (former MU player) Ashley Beyer at 5-10 with the ability to touch over 10 feet. She has so much strength and quickness and will be a key component to our future."
The Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-2 BIG EAST) host the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Championship Friday-Sunday at the Al McGuire Center as they look for a repeat bid to the NCAA tournament.