May 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team have added two more players to its roster for the fall, as Head Coach Arlisa Williams has announced Emily Gisolfi (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) has accepted the University's offer of admission to come to the Hilltop, while Haley Lowrance (Phoenix, Ariz./Sunnyslope) will transfer to Georgetown after spending her first two seasons at Haverford College.
"With the addition of Emily and Haley, for the first time in my experiences at Georgetown we will have depth at every position," Williams said. "The players have worked hard to this point and laid a great foundation. So, not only do we have depth, we have talented depth."
Gisolfi comes to GU after an impressive high school career that saw her lead Parkland to its first AAA Pennsylvania State Championship in 2011, while earning Defensive Most Valuable Player honors and a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Gisolfi is a two-time PIAA AAA District XI All-Star and a Pa. Volleyball Coaches Association AAA All-State selection. She was also named a PrepVolleyball.com Academic All-American in 2011 after finishing in the top one-percent of her graduating class and earning recognition from the Pa. Governor for scoring in the top five-percent of all SAT/ACT test results in the state.
"Emily is going to be a very fun player to coach," Williams said. "She has a steady-Eddie, easy-peasy attitude out there on the floor. She's going to work hard with discipline on the court and in the classroom. To get a player of Emily's caliber from the region also indicates that our program is moving forward. I am looking forward to having her in our gym."
Lowrance will transfer to the Hilltop after earning All-Centennial Conference honors as a setter during the 2011 season, recording 837 assists. Lowrance also recorded 400 kills in her two seasons with the Fords. At Sunnyslope High School (Ariz.) Lowrance earned four letters apiece in volleyball and track, earning first-team all-region and second-team All-State from 2008-2010. She also graduated in the top one-percent of her class earning City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Woman of the Year, District 6 in 2010.
"Having only one quarterback, pitcher or point guard makes it tough, no matter how talented they are," Williams said. "That was the position we were in - we have a very talented setter in Kieley Culbertson, but Haley gives us a little breathing room and a lot of competition. The fact that she has played in a number of collegiate matches will definitely allow us to improve. She has experience and a good understanding of the game. I also know that she's a hard worker who will come here and help us get it done, regardless of the role she has to play. Every coach would be happy about that, I certainly am."