LOUISVILLE – Middle blocker Jasmine Bennett, outside hitter Aniah Hatfield-Philo, setter Morgan Miller and libero Molly Sauer have signed national letters of intent to continue their volleyball careers at the University of Louisville according to head coach Anne Kordes.
“I am extremely excited about the 2015 class because all four of the players who have signed with Louisville are ready to make an immediate impact on the floor,” said Kordes. “We only lose two players off our team from this season, so to add four exceptional players will add talent and depth to a strong returning class.”
Louisville native and USA Today All-USA High School Preseason 1st team selection, Molly Sauer, joins the Cardinals from Assumption High School where she was a member of the two-time KHSAA State championship team under head coach Ron Kordes. At Assumption, the three-time team captain was also a two-time KHSAA Regions champion and three-time KHSAA District champion. The libero was a member of the KHSAA All-Region Team in 2013. Her team also was the 2014 Durango Fall Classic Champions and Molly was named to the All-Tournament team. She was named as PrepVolleyball’s No. 25 Senior Ace. In international competition, Sauer was a member of the 2013 Girls Youth National Team that won the USA Volleyball Team of the Year and was a silver medalist in the 2013 FIVB World Championships. She was a member of the 2014 USA Women’s Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the 2014 USA NORCECA Championships. As a club volleyball player for KIVA, Sauer was an AAU All-American in 2012 and was an AAU National Champion and JVDA National Champion in 2011. She was named to the Under Armour All American second team.
“I have been recruiting Molly Sauer since she was a freshman. It was early on that she displayed the talent, ball control, and poise to be an All-American libero,” said Kordes. “As a libero, she will only play back row, but what fans will soon realize is that her ability to pass will affect our offense. She is as strong a passer as I have ever seen out of a player her age and with a senior setter in Katie George and a powerful offense coming back, I am looking for Molly to step on the floor immediately and put us in a position to run an exciting and unpredictable offense.”
Jasmine Bennett was the 2014 Region 1 Kentucky Player of the Year and comes to Louisville from McCracken County High School in Paducah, where she was a four-time All-Region and All-District member under head coach Tim Whitis. While at McCracken County High, she was named to the KVCA First-Team All-State Class AA team three times and was named to the KHSAA All-Tournament team in 2012 and 2013. Jasmine was named to the BSN Nike Crossroads All-Tournament team in 2013 and was a three time Academic All-State selection. Her club volleyball team placed third at Orlando Nationals and she was a Top 100 Senior Ace.
“Jasmine Bennett is a middle blocker who will make an immediate impact both offensively and defensively. She is a graceful athlete who makes covering the court and exploding off the ground look easy,” said Kordes. “She is also an extremely coachable player, which will be a reason we will see her on the court early in her career. She is athletic and smart, which is why she can make small technical changes quickly. Jasmine is also intense. I wouldn’t call her loud, but you can feel her competitiveness, as she is one of the hardest workers on the court. She has been the go-to player for her high school and club teams and is no stranger when it comes to dealing with pressure. As a coach, I can’t wait to get her in the gym.” Aniah Hatfield-Philo joins the Cardinals from Rockwall Heath High School in Rockwell, Texas, where she played for head coach Maggie Younger. In her high school, she was a part of two district champion squads while also being named First-Team All-District three times. Aniah was also named to the Lonestar 2014-2015 All-Texas Second Team and was selected one of the 2013 Vype Magazine 100 Queens of the Court. Aniah also played for the TAV National club and was a member of the 17 Open National Championship team. She was named in the Senior Aces Top 100 and was named as a PrepVolleyball All-American 3rd team outside hitter.
“Aniah is one of the best all-around volleyball players I have seen in this class. Her skills, ball control, and athletic ability are going to make it tough not to have her on the floor right away,” said Kordes. “She is extremely steady and mentally rock solid when it comes to dealing with pressure. In a game point situation where a championship is on the line is where Aniah shines. She is the type of player that wants to pass and swing for the win, which is exactly the mentality I love in outside hitters. She is going to have a great career at Louisville.”
Morgan Miller comes to the Cards from Magnolia, Texas where she played for head coach Terri Johnson. A setter at Magnolia High School, she was First-Team All-District twice while being named to the academic All-District list three times. She was also member of the Magnolia Volleybattle All-Tournament team. She was a Vype GHVCA Fab-50 and a 2015 Prep Volleyball Senior Ace. Also in her volleyball career, Morgan was a member of the USA Volleyball GJNC17 All-Tournament team. As a club volleyball player for Houston Juniors, she was a member of the GJNC15 American Bronze Medal team and the GJNC17 National Silver Medal team. She was named an honorable mention Under Armour All American.
“Morgan is a multi-talented setter who can also hit and block. She has split much of her time as a setter/ hitter and I wouldn’t be surprised if she came to Louisville and made strides as a right sides attacker as well as a setter,” said Kordes. “Morgan is extremely explosive and when you break down the attributes you want out of a player, Morgan has them all. She is tall, fast, athletic, and competitive. I am really excited that Morgan us coming to Louisville as this marks the fifth player I have recruited from Texas since my arrival at Louisville. It’s a great state to recruit from and Morgan Miller is a prime example of this.”
University of Louisville Signees
Jasmine Bennett, MB, Paducah, Kentucky (McCracken County)
Aniah Hatfield-Philo, OH, Rockwall, Texas (Rockwall)
Morgan Miller, Setter, Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia)
Molly Sauer, Libero, Louisville, Ky. (Assumption)