Volleyball Inks Three Players to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 24, 2008

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati's volleyball team inked three players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Reed Sunahara announced today. The Bearcats signed 5-11 setter Megan Turner, 5-11 outside hitter/middle blocker Emily Hayden, and 6-2 middle blocker Rebecca Refenes.

"This class adds athleticism and will fill the voids we have with the departure of our seniors," said Sunahara. "All three could make an impact on our program."

Turner is a four-year varsity starter at Wayne Central High School in Ontario, NY, where she was a 2008 section V class BB all-star. Turner was a two-time Empire State Games gold medalist in 2007 and 2008, and a two-time Daily Messenger first-team all-star in 2006 and 2007. A 2007 PrepVolleyball.com sophomore 79 honorable mention, Turner's Wayne Central High School squad was a Section V Class A regional champion and Class A champion in 2006. Turner plays club volleyball for VolleyFX.

"Megan is an athletic player that gives us versatility. She can hit, set, she jumps well, and she is a good blocker," Sunahara added.

Hayden was a recent first-team all-Kentucky selection in 2008 playing for Assumption High School in Louisville, Ky. This past season, Hayden also was selected to the all-region team, and she was a five-time AAU all-America selection in 2003, '04, '05, '06 and '08. Hayden plays club volleyball for KIVA.

"Emily is a versatile player that can play either the right side or middle positions. She has a strong work ethic that will help her challenge for a starting spot immediately," stated Sunahara.

Refenes heads to Clifton from Lutheran High School in Westland, Mich. Refenes was a second-team all-state class D selection as a sophomore, and an all-region selection as a junior. A captain of her Westland High School volleyball team, Refenes also is a 2008 "BCAM's BEST" all-state Class D honorable mention selection. Refenes plays club volleyball for Legacy VBC.



"Becca brings good size and we expect her to come in and compete for time as a middle blocker. She gives us another player who can do a lot of things on both sides of the court," said Sunahara.