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Georgetown Volleyball Announces Class of 2016



Jan. 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University volleyball team and Head Coach Arlisa Williams has announced its Class of 2016, having received signed National Letters of Intent from Olufemi 'Femi' Sobowale (Lakeland, Fla./Barton) and Lauren Saar (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell).

"I'm really excited about adding Lauren Saar and Femi Sobowale to our roster," Williams said. "They will add much needed hitting, as well as add ball control in place of Tory Rezin. Both players are great personality fits for the culture we are establishing at Georgetown."

Sobowale, a 6-2 middle blocker at Barton High School in Florida, is a four-year letterwinner and senior captain in volleyball, who played her club ball with Lakeland Area Volleyball Association and Southern Select. Sobowale was an all-county selection during her sophomore and junior years and was named 2011 Florida Athletic Coaches Association Class 7A District 6 Player of the Year. She finished her four year high school career with 884 kills and 421 blocks.

"Femi is a very physical, very versatile hitter, who played middle blocker in high school, but she can play outside hitter and right-side hitter," Williams said. "With training we see her as someone who can play anywhere across the net and we believe she'll be a force to be reckoned with in the BIG EAST."

Saar, standing at 5-11 played libero, outside hitter and middle blocker during her four-year high school volleyball career, while also earning four letters on the soccer team. The volleyball court is where Saar excelled, earning first team all-state honors three times, while earning first team all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-district honors four times. Saar was a 2011 Miss Michigan Volleyball finalist, having earned PrepVolleyball All-American honors during her junior season, while being named a PrepVolleyball Top 145 Sophomore in 2009. Saar finished her career with 2,157 kills, 2,175 digs, 257 blocks and a 91.5 serve percentage during her four year career.



"Lauren is a great athlete and adds versatility to our group. It will be intriguing to see which position she ends up playing for us. We recruited her as a libero, but she had a growth spurt late in her high school career and has been doing an outstanding job as an outside hitter. We are so excited to have her as a part of our program and know that no matter where we play her she's going to accomplish great things."

Sobowale and Saar will join nine returning letterwinners for the 2012 season, after the 2011 Hoyas finished 14-13 and 6-8 in the BIG EAST Conference.

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