BY KEVIN BUCZEK
DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Jody Brown has announced the addition of freshmen Da’Nesha Miller and McKayla Young to National Letters of Intent (NLI) and the commitment of transfer Erika Ianovale to the North Carolina Central University volleyball program for 2017-18 during the spring signing period.
The three newcomers doubled up next season’s recruiting class to six. The Eagles inked Christine Alcox, Diana Alcox and Diamond Williams during the fall early signing period (full article on the Alcox sisters and Williams).
Da’Nesha Miller is a 5-11 right-side/setter from Hilton Head, South Carolina. She has been playing volleyball since the fifth grade and was an All-Star her senior year at Hilton Head Island High School. Miller plans to study behavioral and sports science at NCCU and become a professional trainer or physical therapist.
“What I find most intriguing about Da’Nesha is her versatility and her competitive mindset,” said Brown. “Da’Nesha will more than likely be evaluated as an outside and right side attacker come this preseason, but after watching her set in a recent club tournament that may very well be a role she can fill as well.”
McKayla Young is a 5-10 middle blocker who is joining the Lady Eagles from Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, and was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before finishing up her prep career in the Queen City. Young has played volleyball for eight years and led her conference in blocks while leading her club team in both kills and blocks. The team captain plans to study biology at NCCU to become a pediatric surgeon and a real life superhero for younger kids.
“McKayla is explosive and extremely quick off the floor,” commented Brown. “But what I’m most excited about as it relates to McKayla is her dynamic personality. She just took over the room when she came to visit and that kind of positivity and personality will be fun to coach.”
Erika Ianovale is a 5-10 outside hitter from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The transfer will be earning her associates degree from the State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota, in the spring before joining the Lady Eagles in the fall. Ianovale started her collegiate career at Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Dean’s/President’s List honoree plans to study communications at NCCU to eventually work at a multinational cooperation. Ianovale, who also competed in judo back home, was part of the Sao Paulo City Volleyball championship in 2013.
“Erika is going to bring a lot of experience and confidence,” stated Brown. “Her ball control and competitiveness will be a great addition to this team, and they’re two qualities that will likely have an immediate positive impact on our level of play.”