St. Louis, Mo., August 7, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis head volleyball coach Vanessa Walby announced the Bears' Class of 2022, as the program will add seven freshmen to the roster in 2018.
The incoming Bears hail from five states: Michaela Bach, St. Louis, Mo. (John Burroughs School/Forsyth School), Maya Borenstein, Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek), Claire Byrne, Downers Grove, Ill. (Benet Academy), Grace Cardenas, Dallas, Texas (Ursuline Academy of Dallas), Samantha Kaiser, Evanston, Ill. (Evanston Township), Abby Li, Alexandria, Va. (Thomas A. Edison) and Caitlin Lorenz, San Antonio, Texas (Tom C. Clark).
"I am really looking forward to adding the 2022 class to our roster," added Walby. "I think they will bring a nice skill set and personality to our current team. They have a passion for the game and are excited to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
They have great leaders and role models currently in our program to learn from on a daily basis. I am excited for them to join the family and I look forward to watching them learn, develop and grow in our program's culture."
Class of 2022:
Michaela Bach • 5-11 • St. Louis, Mo. (John Burroughs School/Forsyth School)
High School: Four-year letterwinner in volleyball and swimming at John Burroughs and Forsyth School … Team captain in volleyball and swimming … Averaged 4.34 kills per set to rank 12th in Missouri … Two-time first team all-metro … First team all-conference … First team all-district … All-state honorable mention in swimming … 2016 volleyball team placed second in districts … Graduated with honors from John Burroughs School … Named to Missouri's 2014 and 2017 academic all-state volleyball team.
Personal: Daughter of Richard Bach and Sharon Cresci … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Maya Borenstein • 5-10 • Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek)
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Cherry Creek High School … Team captain … All-conference … Academic all-team … Member of second place finishing Cherry Creek High School in Colorado … High honors academic award recipient.
Personal: Daughter of Yohai Borenstein … Majoring in political science.
Claire Byrne • 5-10 • Downers Grove, Ill. (Benet Academy)
High School: Three-year letterwinner and team captain at Benet Academy … Totaled 187 kills, 17 aces and 34 digs in senior season while playing just a third of the season due to injury … AAU All-American … All-conference … Benet invite all-tournament team … Named "A Top Athlete in DuPage County" by the Daily Herald … Voted team leader and hardest worker by teammates … Triple-Impact competitor finalist … Member of the conference, regional and sectional champions … Team was ranked in the top-five in Illinois four consecutive years … Illinois State Scholar … National Honor Society … Prepvolleyball.com Academic All-American.
Personal: Daughter of Tom and Maryann Byrne … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences … Sister Meghan played volleyball at WashU.
Grace Cardenas • 5-10 • Dallas, Texas (Ursuline Academy of Dallas)
High School: Three-year letterwinner and two-time team captain in volleyball at Ursuline Academy of Dallas … Led Ursuline in assists in 2016 and 2017 as well as service aces in 2017 … Two-time all-state second team, all-district first team and two-time MVP … Member of the 2015 Texas state runner-up and two-time District champion runner-up … Two-time academic all-state … AAU Academic All-American … National Hispanic Scholar … 2017 Ursuline Alumni Leadership Scholar … 2015 AAU Academic All-American … National Honor Society … National Hispanic Honor Society … National Science Honor Society.
Personal: Daughter of Greg and Anna Cardenas … Majoring in cognitive neuroscience.
Samantha Kaiser • 5-8 • Evanston, Ill. (Evanston Township)
High School: Four-year letterwinner and team captain at Evanston Township High School … Three-year starting setter … 2016 Evanston Township Max Effort Award Winner … Graduated with highest distinction … National Honor Society … ETHS Freshman and Sophomore Honor Society Member … Departmental recognition from science, mathematics, foreign language, history and social sciences and physical education departments … Three-year National Latin Exam Gold Medalist … National Etymology Exam Bronze Medalist … National Merit Commended Scholar … AP Scholar with Distinction … Evanston Boosters' Volleyball scholarship award.
Personal: Daughter of David and Kathi Kaiser … Majoring in sustainable agriculture.
Abby Li • 6-0 • Alexandria, Va. (Thomas A. Edison)
High School: Four-year letterwinner in volleyball and captain senior season at Thomas A. Edison High School … School record holder for most kills in one season … Two-time all-region … District Player of the Year in 2017 … All-state … All-conference … Member of the Metro Volleyball Club team that earned a bid to the Girl's Junior National Championship six years in a row … National Honor Society … Hercules Foundation's Courage Scholarship recipient … Edison Athletic Boosters Scholarship recipient.
Personal: Daughter of Chester and Teresa Li … Father rowed at Northeastern … Brother plays club volleyball at Virginia Tech who placed second at nationals … Majoring in marketing.
Caitlin Lorenz • 6-1 • San Antonio, Texas (Tom C. Clark)
High School: One-year letterwinner in volleyball and three-year letterwinner in basketball at Tom C. Clark High School … Led district in rebounding and blocks … Member of USAC Junior Nationals, Lonestar Regional Champs, girl's varsity volleyball area champs … National Merit Scholar … Texas High School Coaches Association All-State Academic … AP Scholar with Distinction … President's Award of Academic Excellence … National Honor Society.
Personal: Daughter of Steven and Janet Lorenz … Majoring in math and biology.