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Women's Volleyball Welcomes Talented Five Into Class Of 2017
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Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Release: 06/20/2013
Left to right: Mary Claire Bartlett, Cara Mattaliano, Lauren Miller, Brittany Ptak and Ellie Shannon
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Left to right: Mary Claire Bartlett, Cara Mattaliano, Lauren Miller, Brittany Ptak and Ellie Shannon

As Sabrina King prepares to enter her third season as head coach of the Princeton women’s volleyball team, she is excited to welcome five new players into the program. With six starters returning from last season and this impressive influx of talent, King is hopeful Princeton can take the final step after back-to-back second-place finishes.

Princeton will welcome Mary Claire Bartlett, Cara Mattaliano, Lauren Miller, Brittany Ptak and Ellie Shannon into the Class of 2017. This versatile group includes a trio of outside/rightside hitters, as well as a middle blocker and a setter, which well help add depth to all positions and potentially help fill the void left by three-time All-Ivy graduating senior Lydia Rudnick.

“I’m very excited about this group,” King said. “They bring both talent and high-level experience to our program, and they will add to the competition at several positions. They are also great people who are excited to become Princeton Tigers, and I’m confident they will add to the chemistry within our program.”

King will talk more about this group, and how it could factor into an already-experienced 2013 team, later this summer. For now, here is more information about the five members of the Class of 2017.

Mary Claire Bartlett

Outside Hitter • New York, N.Y. • The Brearley School

Before Princeton — led The Brearley School to the 2010 New York state championship, as well as the 2009 and 2011 state finals … four-time league all-star and three-time Team MVP … 2009 Rookie of the Year … won her league championship all four years … nominated by the New York Post for Best High School Player in New York City (2011) … 2011 All-New York City selection … led club team to USAV Nationals in 2010, 2012 and 2013 … member of the GEVA Regional Championships all-tournament team … served as team captain for both her high school and club teams … National Merit Finalist … Co-President of the student government.

Cara Mattaliano

Outside Hitter • Glen Ellyn, Ill. • Benet Academy

Before Princeton — led the Benet Academy to the 2011 and 2012 Illinois 4A state championships … set the single-season record for kills at Benet … earned all-state, all-area and all-conference emails … named MVP of both the 2012 state semifinal and state final by the Chicago Tribune; tied the state championship record with 21 kills in the 2012 final … named PrepVolleyball.com Academic All-America honoree … voted Team Leader and Offensive Player of the Year … three-time all-tournament team selection … named All-America at AAU National Tournament … member of the National Honor Society.

Lauren Miller

Setter • San Diego, Calif. • Cathedral Catholic

Before Princeton – earned 2012 All-America first-team honors by Max Preps (Medium Schools) and 2012 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention (All Schools) by Under Armour … earned first-team all-state honors by Max Preps (Division III) … 2012 CIF All-San Diego first-team and North San Diego County first-team honoree … four-year starter at Cathedral Catholic … led team to four California CIF Division III state championships and a fourth state championship game … led team to four Southern California Regional, San Diego City, and Western League Championships  … San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team captain … Cathedral Catholic High School Female Academic Athlete of the Year … selected for the 2012 San Diego High School Sports Association All-Star Team … earned numerous all-league, All-CIF and all-tournament selections … owns top-five records for both season and career in four CIF San Diego Volleyball categories … played for Encinitas Wave Volleyball Club 2007-2011; team placed in the top 10 nationally (three bronze medals in Open Division) each year … played for San Diego Coast Volleyball Club 2012-2013; each year placed in top tier of all National Open Club Teams … played club travel soccer four years … all-star in softball, basketball and soccer….National Charity League (NCL) 2009-2013 … involved in Campus Ministry … two-time San Diego Union-Tribune Academic Team honoree … selected to the San Diego Hall of Champions Leadership Program 2010-2013 … member of the National Honor  and the California Scholarship Federation.

Brittany Ptak

Middle Blocker • Coto de Caza, Calif. • Santa Margarita Catholic

Before Princeton — earned All-Orange County first-team honors … named the 2012-13 Trinity League Varsity Scholar Athlete Award recipient … 2013 Prep Volleyball Academic All-America … 2011 league MVP and first-team all-league honoree … captain of both Santa Margarita Catholic and the Laguna Beach 18s … Team MVP and Coaches Award recipient … played six years for nationally ranked Laguna Beach Club; competed each year in the Open Division of the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships … played on the SCVA High Performance Global Challenge Team in Pula, Croatia (2011) … National Merit Commended Scholar … member of the National Honor Society … National Charity League member; served four different positions, including president, over four years … earned Academic Achievement Awards in Math, Latin and painting … earned International Baccalaureate full diploma.

Ellie Shannon

Outside Hitter/Rightside • San Carlos, Calif. • Sacred Heart Prep

Before Princeton — 2012 MaxPreps All-America honoree … 2012 MaxPreps California all-state first-team selection … two-time all-league honoree … led team to two league and two sectional championships … helped Sacred Heart Prep to 2010 and 2012 California state finals … bronze medalist at Junior Nationals … recorded 765 kills and 196 blocks during her high school career … National Merit Commended Scholar … National AP Scholar … Sacred Heart Prep Athlete of Distinction honoree … co-recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award.

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