Quinnipiac Women’s Volleyball Adds Three to 2015 Roster

Quinnipiac Women’s Volleyball Adds Three to 2015 Roster

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's volleyball head coach Kris Czaplinski announced Friday the addition of three student-athletes who will join the program this fall. Jennifer Coffey (Merrimack, N.H.), Claire Knust (Omaha, Neb.) and Kat Miller (Collegeville, Pa.) will compete for the Bobcats upon arrival in August.

Coupled with a strong foundation of sophomores and juniors, this talented group of individuals looks to help the Bobcats win their first MAAC Championship and earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament. Quinnipiac took part in the MAAC Championships last season, hosted by the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla.

"All three incoming freshmen not only bring great talent to Quinnipiac but are most importantly great people who come from great families," said Czaplinski. All three will add expertise and volleyball IQ to the team for the 2015 season. These girls have a team-first mentality and as much as they want to win they know that the team must be strong off the court to succeed on the court. I couldn't be more excited in bringing these young student-athletes in together at Quinnipiac.


Name: Jennifer Coffey
Class: Freshman
Position: Outside Hitter
Height: 6-1
Hometown: Merrimack, N.H.
High School: Merrimack High School
Club Team: Hardrock

Why did you choose Quinnipiac?
I chose Quinnipiac because of their high-quality academic programs, the atmosphere of the campus, and to participate in Division I volleyball.

From a Volleyball standpoint, what was appealing about the University and women's Volleyball program?
I really like how the woman's volleyball program is very young and full of potential to do great things in the seasons to come.

What are your expectations for the upcoming 2015 season?
My expectations for the upcoming season are to work hard and perform to the best of my ability. 

Individual/Team Volleyball Accomplishments:

- Named New Hampshire Girls Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year
- Selected NHIAA Volleyball Player of the Year
- A two-time Nashua Telegraph Player of the Year
- A two-time NHIAA First Team All-State selection
- A three-time Nashua Telegraph First Team All-State selection
- Named Max Preps/AVCA Player of the Week five times
- Tabbed Merrimack High School Most Valuable Player twice
- Led Merrimack High School to a New Hampshire Girls Volleyball Division I State Championship
- Helped the Tomahawks to a pair of New Hampshire Girls Volleyball Division I State Semifinals
- Led the team to a second place finish at the Hall of Fame Girls Volleyball Tournament
- Participated in the Philadelphia NEQ twice


Name: Claire Knust
Class: Freshman
Position: Middle/Outside Hitter
Height: 6-0
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
High School: V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School
Club Team: Nebraska Elite 181

Why did you choose Quinnipiac?
I chose Quinnipiac University because it will give me a great opportunity to succeed. From an educational perspective, I looked at the university's academics as challenging and motivating to be a better student and be the best at the profession I choose to pursue. Quinnipiac stood out to me the most because of its beautiful campuses, close student body, and academic standards, and I couldn't be happier with my decision.

From a Volleyball standpoint, what was appealing about the University and women's Volleyball program?
The most appealing part of the volleyball program at Quinnipiac is the coach and players. They have so much genuine heart for what they do, and have big goals they are set on achieving. I am excited to be part of a team that works together so well and help contribute to achieving all the goals of the team this year and the years to follow.

What are your expectations for the upcoming 2015 season?
I expect this upcoming season to be very busy and exiting, as the first season in my volleyball career at Quinnipiac. I think there is a lot of talent on the team and I believe we can be very successful.

Individual/Team Volleyball Accomplishments:

- A three-time Omaha World Herald All-State (Class B) selection; Named First Team in 2014, Second Team in 2013, and Honorable Mention in 2012
- Tabbed to the Omaha World Herald State All-Tournament Team (Class B) in 2013
- A two-time Omaha World Herald All-Area selection in 2013 and 2012
- Named First Team All-Omaha in 2014
- A three-time RCC All-Conference selection
- A two-time Lincoln Journal All-State Selection (Class B); Named First Team in 2014 and Honorable Mention in 2013
- Named to the Lincoln Journal Star First Team (Class B) in 2012
- Selected to the NE Prep Class B First Team and the E Prep All-Nebraska Third Team in 2014
- Tabbed Third Team Super State and Nebraska Prep Volleyball Super 25 in 2013
- Helped the team to three straight River City Conference Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014
- Led the team to back-to-back District Championships in 2013 and 2014; Runner-Up in 2012
- The Tomahawks were Sub-State Champs in 2013 and 2014; State Runner-Up in 2014
- Helped the team to Grand Island Tournament and Millard North Tournament Championships in 2014
- Finished fourth in the State in 2013 and second in 2012
- Led Merrimack High School to a 36-6 record in 2014
- Broke two school records in 2014 – blocks in a season and career blocks
- In 2012, set the school record for hitting percentage in a season (.900)
- Three time RCC Academic All-Conference
- Team captain as a senior 


Name: Kat Miller
Class: 2015
Position: Setter/Right Side
Height: 5-11
Hometown: Collegeville, Pa.
High School: Villa Maria Academy
Club Team: East Coast Power Volleyball

Why did you choose Quinnipiac?
I chose Quinnipiac because of its excellent academics and physical therapy program which has a fantastic reputation. In addition, the campus is beautiful and has such a friendly atmosphere.

From a Volleyball standpoint, what was appealing about the University and women's Volleyball program?
The volleyball program is still building and I want to be a part of its growth and success.  The coaches are really great and easy to talk to. The girls were so welcoming on my visits there and made me feel right at home. It is the perfect fit for me. 

What are your expectations for the upcoming 2015 season?
My plan is to work hard and to get stronger, faster and smarter as a volleyball player. I want to help the team improve and win more games this season, and to get closer to a MAAC Championship Title! 

Individual/Team Volleyball Accomplishments:

- A four-year varsity letter-winner for the Hurricanes of Villa Maria Academy
- A three-time AACA All-League selection in 2012, 2013 and 2014
- Earned a selection to the All-District First Team in 2014
- Named PIAA All-State First Team in 2014
- A recipient of the school's Student-Athlete of the Month
- Led the team to AACA League Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014
- Advanced to the District Finals from 2011-2014
- Led the PVA and East Coast Power Club volleyball teams to four USAV Jr. National appearances
- 2013 Pottstown Rumble 18U Grass Doubles Champions
- 2014 Cape May Beach Doubles Finalists

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