Volleyball Signs Four to National Letters of Intent

Jan. 8, 2008

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne head volleyball coach Steve Opperman announced today the signings of Sarah Svorinic (Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Preparatory), Tricia Mullen (Botkins, Ohio/Botkins Local School), Liz Homan (Celina, Ohio/ Celina) and Brittany Poling (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake).

Svorinic, a 5-8 setter, led Notre Dame Preparatory to both the 2007 4-AII Black Canyon Region and state championships. The Saints had a perfect 21-0 record in section play and finished the season 41-3. A four-year varsity captain and starter, Svorinic was voted first team Arizona 4-AII all-state as well as the Black Canyon Region Player of the Year. Svorinic plans on majoring in nursing.

A 5-11 outside hitter, Mullen ended her high school career owning the record for most career kills, aces, digs and blocks. She also holds the single-season records for kills, aces and digs. In addition to being a four-year letter winner, Mullen was named an All-Ohio Division IV honorable mention, All-Shelby County, first-team All-Southwest District, third-team All-Ohio, and a District 9 All-Star. She becomes the first-ever Botkins volley player to sign with a Division I school. Mullen plans on majoring in education.

Homan, a 6-0 middle hitter, was an honorable mention all state pick in 2006 and a second team All-Ohio pick in 2007. She was named Western Buckeye League all-section in 2006 and 2007. Homan was a teammate of current Dukes outside hitter Nicole Wright last season on Team Atlantis, one of the premier club teams in Ohio. A talented athlete, she was recruited be several schools to play basketball.

A 6-0 middle hitter, Poling was a four-year letter winner and led Lake to the 2006 and 2007 Federal League championships and the finals of the Barberton Division. Her senior season, the Blue Streaks compiled a 22-3 record and Poling was named to the first team All-Federal League, All-District and All-Stark County. Additionally, she was an All-Ohio Honorable Mention selection. Her Ace Club team finished fifth at both the USA Volleyball Nationals and the 17U 2007 AAU Nationals. Poling plans on majoring in pharmacy.



"I think this recruiting class mirrors the athleticism and competitiveness of the 2007 recruiting class. These four players will all bring a certain fight and determination to get the job done on the court," said Opperman. "Not only are these young ladies great on the playing floor, but also very solid students as well. We look forward to the immediate contributions of the class of 2008."

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