BOWLING GREEN - Bowling Green volleyball coach Danijela Tomic has announced the signing of five student-athletes during the fall. Desi Klaer, Carlyn Stella, Alyssa Maloney, Madeline Garda and Delaney Arkeilpane will all begin their careers at BGSU in time for the 2013 season.
Klaer, who hails from Fort Collins, Colo., is the daughter of Matthias and Bianca Klaer. Standing 6-foot-5, she guided Rocky Mountain High School to a record of 40-13 over her junior and senior seasons, including 21-1 in Front Range League play. She was a 2012 First Team All-Conference player and was named Academic All-State First Team in both 2011 and 2012. She is also a National Honor Society member and plans to study marketing. Klaer plays for NORCO volleyball club.
"Desi will definitely bring a lot of physicality to our team with her strong 6-5 frame," Tomic said. "She is young to volleyball but has all the physical attributes to develop into a dominant middle blocker or right side hitter."
Maloney, a 6-0 middle blocker from Homer Glen, Ill., is the daughter of Joe and Lisa Maloney. As a senior at Providence Catholic High School, she led the team in kills and blocks and was named East Suburban Catholic League All-Conference as well as all-area. She plays club volleyball for Sports Performance, the same club that developed current Falcon Kari Galen. A National Honor Society member, Maloney plans to study science at Bowling Green.
"Alyssa comes from one of the best clubs in the nation in developing highly-skilled volleyball players," Tomic said. "She is a very skilled and quick middle blocker whose playing style is a perfect match for our system."
Stella, a 5-11 outside hitter from Montgomery, Texas, is the daughter of Carlo and Teddi Stella. A four-year varsity player at Montgomery High School, Stella was named first team all-state as a junior and her district's Most Valuable Player as a senior, after posting 553 kills, 318 digs, 97 aces and 37 blocks. As a sophomore, she was first team all-district. She plays club volleyball for Willowbrook Sports Complex and was a four-time academic all-district player who plans to study business.
"Carlyn is a versatile, all-around outside hitter with very strong serve receiving skills and a variety of shots," Tomic said. "She will give us depth in our outside hitter position and will be a strong presence in serve receive and defense."
Garda, a 5-4 libero from West Chester, Ohio, is the daughter of Phil and Marcie Garda. A four-year varsity volleyball player at Lakota East High School, she was second in the state with 504 digs as a senior and guided her program to a combined record of 47-7 over the past two seasons. She was first team all-conference and first team all-city this past year, while her team was a regional semifinalist in 2012 and district champs in both 2010 and 2012. Garda plans to study early childhood education at Bowling Green.
"Madeline is one of the quickest liberos that we have seen in a long time," Tomic said. "She is relentless on defense, which is what we look for in all of our players, especially in a libero."
Arkeilpane, a 5-8 defensive specialist from Orlando, Fla., is the daughter of David Arkeilpane and Ingrid Darling. A three-year varsity letter winner, and team captain as a senior, at Boone High School, Arkeilpane's team went 23-5 in 2012, earning Metro East and district championships. As a sophomore, Boone was state runner-up. Arkeilpane led the team in digs each of the past two seasons and she was named 2012 Central Florida All-Metro East Conference Team. She plays club volleyball for Top Select Volleyball Academy, and was a National Honor Society member as both a junior and senior.
"Delaney adds an important piece to our defense and serve receive," Tomic said. "She has great defensive instincts and is a solid serve receiver. She also has good size for a defensive player, which adds to her range in the back row."
These five are the basis for Tomic's first full recruiting class at Bowling Green. In her first season leading the Falcons, Tomic guided the program to a 21-10 record, a second place finish in the Mid-American Conference, and the MAC Tournament Championship, garnering a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years. This class should help the program continue to develop.
"We are very excited about our 2013 recruiting class," Tomic said. "These five young ladies have great character and our excellent students with a lot of volleyball potential. They all come from great families and very successful high school and club teams. They will fit perfectly into our BGSU culture of excellence."