LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University men’s volleyball team has signed four recruits in preparation for its inaugural season.
Coach Nick Rawls has brought in four out-of-state players to help the program get started.
Carlos Rodriguez, a libero/defensive specialist from Hazelton Area High in West Hazelton, Pennsylvania was the first to ink his commitment to St. Andrews. Rodriguez was a four-year starter for the Cougars, and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player his junior and senior seasons. He also was a member of the all-conference team.
David Lacoppola out of Western High in Davie, Florida was Rawls’s next signee. Lacoppola was a three-year starter and two-time captain while leading the team with 510 career kills and 255 blocks. He also paced the Wildcats to a district finals appearance.
Jordan Ellsworth of Wyoming Valley West High in Plymouth, Pennsylvania is also set to join the Knights. He was a four-year varsity starter, a captain and won 10 club tournament championships. The Spartans won three district titles with Ellsworth on the team, who also earned two team MVPs and was a four-time player of the week.
Vincent Toby Jr. from Rockdale County High in Conyers, Georgia rounds out the group.
“I’m very excited to get to work with this group of young men,” Rawls said about the incoming class. “They all demonstrate the work ethic and character that the St. Andrews men’s volleyball program wants to be known for.”
Rawls continues to work hard on the recruiting trail as St. Andrews prepares for its season opener in January.