Jan. 9, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Volleyball has added another player for the 2013 season in transfer Awele Nwaeze, head coach Sherry Dunbar has announced. Nwaeze is 6-1 and can play middle blocker or right-side hitter for the Hoosiers, and comes to Indiana after playing at the University of Miami in the fall. Nwaeze is the fifth member of Indiana's signing class, joining Allison Hammond, Taylor Lebo, Jazzmine McDonald and Megan Tallman.
"We are excited to have Awele join the Hoosier family," said Dunbar. "She is an exceptional athlete that will compete for playing time as a middle blocker and a right-side hitter, so it is nice to add more depth to those positions. We are also thrilled that she is starting school this semester, allowing herself to get acclimated to Indiana, our program and be ready to contribute in the fall."
Nwaeze comes to IU after spending her freshman campaign at the University of Miami, where she played in 17 matches off the bench, registering 25 kills and 14 blocks in 30 sets of action. She helped the Hurricanes advance to the NCAA Tournament.
A three-year varsity letter-winner, she was named Millbrook High School's most valuable offensive player in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, the Raleigh, N.C. native was named first-team all-conference and academic all-conference consistently throughout her four years at Millbrook. During her senior season, Nwaeze served as varsity team captain. Nwaeze led her club team to a first-place finish at the Monument City Classic as well as a third-place finish at the Big South National Qualifiers. The team also added a fourth-place finish at the LoneStar National Qualifiers in 2012. She was named one of the top 80 players nationally in her graduating class after her junior in high school by PrepVolleyball.com.
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