Bellarmine University Head Volleyball Coach Jenni Grzebin has announced five additions to her squad for the 2017-18 academic year with four freshmen and a transfer student.
Jacquie Hornung, who played last season at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), will transfer into the Bellarmine program. High school seniors signing National Letters-of-Intent include: Abbie Oetting, Kristen O’Toole, Izzie Salameh and Karleigh Wilson.
Hornung is from the metropolitan Louisville area and is a 2016 graduate of Providence High School in southern Indiana. The outside hitter racked up the honors as a Pioneer, including being named a 3-time 1st Team All-State selection and being named the News and Tribune’s 2014 Athlete of the Year. A two-sport star in high school, Hornung also was an all-stater in softball and was the News and Tribune Softball Player of the Year in 2014.
Oetting, from Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Concordia Lutheran High School, is a 6-2 middle and right side who helped her team to the 3A state championship as a sophomore. She is a two-time all-conference honoree and was named 1st Team All-Northeast Indiana as a senior. Oetting, an honor roll recipient all four years, also earned honorable mention Academic All State accolades her senior year.
O’Toole comes to Bellarmine out of Louisville’s Assumption High School where she was a member of the 2015 state championship team. A setter, O’Toole has grown accustomed to success at all levels as she won national titles in club ball in both 2014 and 2016. She is no stranger to Bellarmine athletics as her grandfather, David O’Toole, is a former Bellarmine athletic director as well as a longtime member of the Bellarmine mathematics faculty.
Salameh is another local product, hailing from Mercy Academy, where she helped the Jaguars to state and national titles her sophomore season. Playing in the middle, Salameh earned a spot on the KHSAA All-Tournament Team at the 2016 state championship and also was named to the All-District team her senior season. In addition to sports, Salameh participated in other extracurriculars such as student council, National Honor Society and Mercy Ambassadors.
Wilson, a graduate of New Castle (Indiana) High School, is a defensive specialist. Among her volleyball honors are being named 2015-16 Defensive Player of the Year and earning All Hoosier Heritage Conference honors in 2015 and 2016. Wilson also has been successful in club volleyball and won the 2014 AAU National Championship while playing for Munciana. She plans to major in nursing at Bellarmine.