Mavericks add Ney, Ball to recruiting class

With the majority of the team returning next fall, Colorado Mesa University volleyball coach Dave Fleming added to the depth and quality of the roster in the spring signing period.

Audrey Steinkirchner of Palisade High School signed last week, and Fleming also landed another prep standout and a Division II transfer.

Steinkirchner, a versatile 6-foot-2 all-state player who owns seven school records at Palisade, including shattering former Mesa and Palisade player Meagan Bosh’s career kills mark, said last week she’ll be spending as much time in the gym with her future teammates as possible. Fleming said she could play any one of several spots on the floor.

“Audrey has a shot to compete right away at a number of positions,” Fleming said in a release. “She could see time at any of the front row positions as well as at setter. I am not sure where she will play, but I think she will earn time on the floor very quickly. She adds depth to every position and could be great at all of them as well.”

Abby Ney was a middle blocker who helped Rocky Mountain High School in Windsor reach the state tournament this past season and also qualified for state in swimming.

“Abby has been to a couple of our camps and was a good fit from day one,” Fleming said. “She is also very athletic and has a lot of room to grow. She is a left-handed middle blocker, which is very unique and will cause problems for our opponents. With the graduation of Antoinette McCormick, she will have a chance to start when she arrives on campus.”

Casey Ball is transferring from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., where she started as a 5-11 freshman outside hitter. She averaged three kills per game and was a primary passer in the back row.

Ball graduated from Eaton High School and was recruited by Fleming out of high school.

“Casey is someone that we were very interested in out of high school. She has a chance to start right away and already knows what it takes to be a successful outside hitter in a very competitive D-II conference,” Fleming said in the release.

“She is very athletic and has a high ceiling, and we were lucky to get her this late in the recruiting process.”

Fleming signed three players in November, outside hitter Kaitlin “Kricket” Adleman from Grand Junction, libero Cooper Cercy from Casper, Wyo., and outside hitter Christian Otzen from Flagstaff, Ariz.


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