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Sand volleyball adds first international recruit

Head coach Steve Walker announced Tuesday that Arizona sand volleyball added two recruits, Olivia Macdonald and Hailey Devlin, for the 2014-15 season.

Macdonald is from Piopio, New Zealand, and is the first international recruit in program history. She is a 6-foot net player that has had a lot of experience in the sand game, and has earned MVP honors twice on the international level.

“Olivia will be a great addition to our ever expanding sand volleyball team,” Walker said in a press release Tuesday. “She’s well-traveled for her age and brings a good deal of international level experience to the roster.

She represented New Zealand at the Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships in 2013 in Proto, Portugal.

“She was part of a burgeoning national team program in New Zealand that is very much on the rise and the level of competition she was able to face worldwide will serve her well as she transitions to the collegiate game,” Walker said.

Devlin is 6-foot-2, and she was an All-CIF first-team selection and a first-team all-conference selection as a senior at Scripps Ranch High School. She was second-team All-San Diego Section selection as well.

“Hailey will be a terrific addition to the team as she is a player with the rare blend of both length and skill,” Walker said. “On the hardwood, Hailey plays in what is considered the most competitive region of volleyball in the country and her team relies on her to play every phase of the game.”

Like Macdonald,she has had experience in the sand game as Devlin played for the USA Junior National Beach Team.

“She really started to find her timing and rhythm as a player on the beach this past spring and had outstanding summer of 2013, capping it off with a medal in the gold bracket of the USA High Performance Championships in July,” Walker said.

Both players will add size to the roster, as eight out of Arizona’s 13 players are under 6-feet tall.

—Follow Tyler Keckeisen @tyler_keckeisen


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