The Northwestern State volleyball team found what it wanted early in the national signing period.
Head coach Sean Kiracofe announced the additions of a pair of Texas prep players – Plano West libero/defensive specialist Haley Hoang and Hallsville middle blocker Addison McDermott – Thursday.
“We did not have that many needs, but we feel like we addressed those we did,” Kiracofe said. “This class is not big in numbers, but we expect it to be long on impact.”
Hoang was named the District 6-6A Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and, as a senior, has helped lead Plano West to this weekend’s state tournament. In her junior season, Hoang averaged 3.3 digs per set and averaged 11.6 serve receptions per set.
“Haley is an incredibly talented libero,” Kiracofe said. “She is relentless on defense and tremendously skilled in serve receive. Having the best liberos in the Southland Conference has become a cottage industry for NSU, and I know Haley is going to continue that.”
McDermott brings versatility and a winning pedigree with her from Hallsville, where she helped lead the Bobcats to three district championships and three berths in the area finals.
A three-sport letterwinner who also competed in basketball and track and field (high jump), McDermott was named the District 16-5A Most Valuable Player as a senior while adding Academic All-State honors.
She took home District 15-5A Defensive MVP honors as a junior as well as being named first-team all-state and All-East Texas. As a sophomore, she was named first-team all-district after being a second-team all-district pick as a freshman.
McDermott is a four-time academic all-district selection who ranks in the top seven percent of her high school class and carries a 5.15 weighted grade point average.
“Addison is a unicorn within volleyball,” Kiracofe said. “She is a six-rotation, ball-control middle blocker. You just don’t see those types of players. She is going to come in and immediately help us as a utility player and will soon fill the role of an L2 that will make us bigger at the net and continue ourselves with defense and ball control.”