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Davidson Volleyball Adds Three to Signing Class

by | Jan 5, 2021 | News, Sports

Coach Chris Willis talks with his team (last season) after their win against Presbyterian.

 

Xuan Nguyen

DAVIDSON, N.C. — The Davidson volleyball program and Head Coach Chris Willis announced the addition of three scholar-athletes for the upcoming fall 2021 season on Tuesday. Joining the Wildcats will be Xuan Nguyen, Isabel Decker and Isabella Perry.

“This is a talented class that can and will contribute right away,” Willis said. “We addressed the needs of our program and added some talented women who will complement the culture and competitiveness in our gym.”¬†

Xuan Nguyen | DS/Setter | 5-5 | Plano, Texas

A utility player, Nguyen will come to Davidson from the Lone Star State, where she was a First Team All-District player in 2020 and earned Second Team honors in 2018. Nguyen has been an Academic All-State selection throughout her high school career, and led her team to a District Championship this past fall. With 499 career assists and 203 digs, Nguyen holds the Lebanon Trail High School records for most aces and assists in a career.

“Xuan has tremendous volleyball IQ and skills,” Willis noted. “She has the ability to run a high-level offense and also plays tremendous defense. Her calm demeanor and competitive nature will raise the level of intensity in our program.”

Isabel Decker

Isabel Decker | Outside Hitter | 6-0 | La Grange, Ill.

Decker will dawn the red and black after a successful high school career that has included being named to Under Armour’s 2020 All America Watch List, earning All-State and All-Conference honors and being named Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. With her senior season still ahead of her this spring, Decker recorded 301 kills and 239 digs as a junior.

“Izzy is a classic six-rotation outside hitter who will help energize our offense,” noted Willis. “She is outstanding in serve receive and has a dynamic arm. I believe Izzy will have the ability to execute at a high level in the A-10.”

Isabella Perry | Outside Hitter | 5-11 | Fort Myers, Fla.

Isabella Perry

Perry joins the ‘Cats from the Sunshine State, where she has been a four-year letter winner for Fort Myers High School. She has led her team to a 6A State Regional semi-final and two finals appearances throughout her career and was voted the Most Improved Player in 2019 and 2017. In her senior season, Perry recorded 163 kills.

“Isa is an incredibly dynamic athlete and we are so excited to have her join our program,” Willis added. “She is versatile, with a high ceiling, and I know she’ll become an effective point scorer for us in the future. I can’t wait to get her in the gym and accelerate her learning curve.”

Davidson will begin its official campaign this spring after finishing the 2019 season at 10-18 and making an appearance in the Atlantic 10’s quarterfinal matchup.

For the most up-to-date information on all things Davidson Volleyball, be sure to tune in to davidsonwildcats.com and @DavidsonVB on Twitter.

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