Brooke Sassin from San Antonio, Texas has signed a national letter of intent to play at Mississippi State and will arrive is Starkville for summer training in July. Hazelwood has also announced the addition of Shelbie Dailey from Trussville, Ala., a transfer from the University of South Florida, and Ellen Stuart from Austin, Texas, a transfer from Lamar University. Both Dailey and Stuart enrolled at Mississippi State in January and are completing spring practice with the Bulldog team.
“To have been able to sign an athlete of Brooke’s caliber this spring is fantastic for our program,” said Hazelwood. “We’re talking about one of the best high school seniors in Texas, one that can play six rotations and has a cannon for an arm. With the addition of Brooke, we will be dynamic and athletic on the outside, which is very important in the system that we run.”
Hazelwood also welcomed the addition of transfer student-athletes Dailey and Stuart.
“Having both Shelbie and Ellen in our gym this spring has been great for us,” she said. “They are experienced players who understand what we are trying to build with this team. Shelbie’s athleticism at the setter position allows us to run our offense at the speed we want, and Ellen’s ball control has helped us smooth our performance over time.”
The three newcomers join four previously-announced signees from the November recruiting period and form the largest MSU volleyball recruiting class since nine yearlings joined the Mississippi State volleyball program in 2008.
Sassin was a three-year varsity performer as an outside hitter at San Antonio’s Ronald Reagan High School, where she was coached by Mike Carter. She earned multiple tournament MVP honors and was accorded all-state and all-American honors as a senior after helping guide the Rattlers to a 41-3 record. She tallied 473 kills, 289 digs and 23.5 blocks as a senior. Sassin piled up a career-best 511 kills, 210 digs and 35 blocks on her way to all-state plaudits as a junior.
She is the daughter of Laura Schott and Kevin Sassin and is a six-year veteran of the Alamo Volleyball Association club program coached by Phil Jackson. She also starred in track during her prep career as a long jump and high jump specialist.
Dailey starred in club volleyball where she earned Under Armour and AAU All-American honors in 2010. She signed with the University of South Florida in 2011 and played in 27 of USF’s 28 matches as a freshman that fall. Playing for Coach Claire Lessinger she tallied 877 assists, 137 digs, 37 kills and 30 blocks and recorded five double-doubles.
Dailey, whose father Robert Dailey played baseball at Mississippi State and Alabama and mother Julie played volleyball at UAB, sat out the 2012 volleyball season after transferring from USF.
Stuart comes to Mississippi State as a transfer from Lamar University, where red-shirted during the 2012 season. She was a three-year varsity starter and honorable mention all-district performer for Coach Kate Zora at Austin’s Westwood High School. She recorded 108 career aces, 525 kills and 1,039 digs, serving as captain of the Warriors’ volleyball team her junior and senior seasons. A member of the National Honor Society, Stuart earned academic all-district status four times and garnered academic all-state honors as a senior in 2010-11.
The daughter of Molly and Loy Stuart also lettered in softball during her prep career at WHS. She refined her volleyball skills as a member of the Texas Eclipse Volleyball Club from 2006 to 2012, twice serving as team captain.
2012-13 MISSISSIPPI STATE VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING CLASS
Shelbie Dailey 5-8 S Birmingham, Ala. (Cahaba School/South Florida)
Chelsea Duhs 6-1 MB Mission Viejo, Calif. (Saddleback Valley Christian HS)
Kimberly Gardiner 6-2 OPP Grapevine, Texas (Colleyville High School)
Suzanne Horner 5-10 S State College, Pa. (State College High School)
Brooke Sassin 5-10 OH San Antonio, Texas (Ronald Reagan High School)
Kaitlyn Schoeppner 6-4 OH North Farmington, Mich. (North Farmington HS)
Ellen Stuart 5-7 L/DS Austin, Texas (Westwood High School/Lamar)