By Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON - Rice volleyball and head coach Genny Volpe announced the signing of three future Owls on Thursday to enroll in school and join the team in 2018.
The additions of Tia Grippo (Newport Beach, Calif.), Isabel Wiatt (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), and junior transfer Tori Woogk (Clemson) complete a six-person signing class for the Owls, which also includes Anota Adekunle, Carly Graham, and Hannah Lopez from the fall.
"We are excited to announce the addition of Tia, Isabel, and Tori to our 2018 class," Volpe said. "They will bring a mixture of talent and experience, but are also perfect representatives of the Rice Volleyball culture."
Grippo, a 5'6" libero/DS graduate of Corona del Mar High School, was a key cog of a Sea Kings team that went 23-8 in 2017 and were league champions and Division I semifinalists. Grippo recorded 206 digs and 30 aces her senior campaign. In addition to volleyball, Grippo also played four years of basketball and was the team MVP in 2017.
Wiatt, a 5'5" libero/DS graduate of Harvard-Westlake High School, helped lead the Wolverines to a 20-10 record in 2017 and advanced three round deep in the Division I playoffs. Wiatt, who played club for Sunshine Volleyball, recorded 216 digs her senior season while earning All-League accolades.
Woogk, a 5'10" outside hitter from Fort Worth, Texas, appeared in 43 sets last season for Clemson, recording 69 kills on 199 attacks (.156) while totaling 15 blocks. The Fossil Ridge High School graduate posted 128 kills as a freshman at Clemson (1.62 kills per set), including a season-high 14 kills at Florida State. During her high school career, Woogk was the District 5-6A Hitter of the Year (2015) and earned all-district honors 2012-15. She led the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with 575 kills and 6.12 kills per set as a senior.