San Antonio – St. Mary’s University volleyball coach Todd Caughlin announced on Friday the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Rattlers, starting with the 2009 season. Bellville native Alexa Ignasiak; Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, native Julie Kells and San Antonio native Allison Murray will join the Rattler volleyball team this fall.

Ignasiak (5’9″, Fr., Bellville) was a two-sport standout at Bellville High School, lettering in both volleyball and tennis. She was an all-state honoree for coach Susan Brewer’s volleyball team as an outside hitter. Ignasiak was named district MVP and was a three-time all-district honoree. She also helped lead her team to the three straight regional tournament appearances, including a state semifinalist berth as a senior. Off the court she was an Academic All-District honoree and a member of the 2009 District 25-3A second place Accounting Team. Ignasiak is undecided on an academic major.

Kells (5’11”, Fr., Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) was an outside hitter for coach Dan Johnson at Hunting Hills High School. She was named her school’s Most Valuable Player. Off the court she was a member of the Honor Roll. Kells is undecided on an academic major.

Murray (5’7″, Fr., San Antonio) was a four-time All-District 26-5A honoree at setter for coach Mike Carter. She earned first team all-state honors in 2007 and 2008, was an All-Area Super Team pick as a senior in 2008 and was All-Area Super Team Player of the Year as a junior in 2007. Murray set a school record for assists as a senior. She helped lead Reagan to four straight District 26-5A Championships, a pair of regional finalist appearances and a state finals berth in 2006. Off the court she was a member of the National Honor Society and was an Academic All-State honoree. Murray is undecided on an academic major.

St. Mary’s recently completed the 2008 season with an 8-20 overall record and a 5-9 mark in the Heartland Conference. They return five of seven starters from that squad for the 2009 season.

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