Jan. 24, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT - Sacred Heart women's volleyball coach Rob Machan announced the signing of Elise Sage from Cherry Creek High School in Aurora, Colorado and Nicole Morales from Patchogue-Medford High School on Long Island to National Letters of Intent for the 2009 season.
Morales was a three-year team captain for coach Carrie Gangl at Patchogue-Medford and led the team in kills, digs and service reception all three years. Her accolades are numerous and include all-state, all-conference and all-county honors. She also attended the 2007 Junior Nationals in Minnesota. She is currently playing club volleyball for Long Island United 18-under.
In addition to her volleybal talents, Morales was also a four-year all-league selection in softball.
Her accomplishments extended to the classroom where she became a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, the History Honor Society, and was named an AP Scholar by the College Board. She was school student vice president and served as student liaison to the Patchogue-Medford Board of Education.
"We're pleased to have an outstanding student-athlete like Nicole choose Sacred Heart University," said Machan. "She had an great high school career and I look forward to seeing her progress as a player with us."
Sage played for the top high school team in the State of Colorado at Cherry Creek. The Bruins finished the year a spotless 31-0 and was ranked 21st nationally. She was second on her team, and was in the top ten in the state, in kills with 704. She also had 35 service aces and 197 digs. She was named second team all-conference her senior year, as well as honorable mention in the state tournament.
She plays club volleyball for Front Range under one of the top junior coaches in the nation, Jim Morey.
"Elise is a very talented player," said Machan. "Getting someone of her caliber is a big boost for our program. She played for a powerhouse high school program and showed a lot of versatility. Playing for Coach Morey on the Front Range club team has really helped her hone her skills as well."
The Pioneers finished the 2008 season a school Division I-record 18-13 and reached the semi-finals of the Northeast Conference Tournament before falling to eventual champion Long Island University. Coach Machan, who also leads the Pioneer men's volleyball team, will be entering his third season behind the Pioneer bench this fall.