By: Leigh Hadaway, Sports Information Assistant
ROME, Ga. — Berry College head volleyball coach, Caitlyn Moriarty, announced five newcomers that will join the Vikings for the upcoming 2019 season.
"I'm really excited about our 2019 recruiting class and I expect them to make an immediate impact in our offense," Moriarty said. "Additionally, they are excellent students in the classroom, involved in their communities and display the level of maturity expected in our program. We are excited to welcome them and their families into the Berry community and I look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in a Vikings jersey."
Bios and photos of the newcomers can be found below:
(RS/OH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ursuline Academy)
Breissinger is a two-time state champion and a team captain for both her high school and club team, Elevation 18-Dinkelanker. She was named to the All Tournament Team at USA Nationals and earned Coast Guard Athlete of the Month in 2018.
The daughter of Jenny and Kirc Breissinger, Peyton plans to study biomedical engineering at Berry.
"I chose Berry because it felt like a second home as soon as I stepped on campus," said Breissinger. "For a smaller school, it has many academic programs of interest for me. I felt so welcomed by the team, coaches, and everyone I met on campus that I could not imagine going anywhere else."
(MB, Chesapeake, Va., Hickory High School)
Nominated to play High Performance for the Aloha Region Team, Skief joins the Vikings after a three-year varsity career at Hickory High School as well as membership on Beach Elite club team. She has been selected to participate in multiple USAV HP camps and volunteered as a youth coach for the South East Region Volleyball Club.
The daughter of Lana and Jason Skief, Jordan plans to major in nursing at Berry.
(RS, Cumming, Ga., South Forsyth High School)
Earning Region Player of the Year and First Team All-State recognition, Bergin comes to Berry after a decorated career at South Forsyth High School and A5 18-1 club team.
The daughter of Amy and Mike Bergin, Molly plans to major in biology or pre-medicine at Berry.
"I chose Berry because it is a school that not only looked at me for my volleyball skills, but the coaches looked at my overall personality," Bergin said. "They asked questions that no other school cared to ask, and they treated me like family. The school offered me everything I was looking for in a college. The class sizes fit my personal learning style and they offer many majors that I am interested in. I cannot wait to start at Berry!"
(OH, Greensboro, N.C., Caldwell Academy)
A three-time NCISAA All-State selection and two-time Conference Player of the Year, Huslman brings an accomplished resume to the Vikings. She leads Caldwell Academy in career kills with 1142 total, and was a member of the 2015 NCISAA State Championship team. Hulsman also competed on both Beach South and Sinjin Beach club teams and earned an All-Area Honorable Mention in 2017.
The daughter of Emily and Matt Hulsman, Hannah plans to major in nursing at Berry.
"Berry is the ideal place for me to continue my education, volleyball career, and continue in service work," Hulsman said. "I appreciate the emphasis on service and the welcoming sense of community. The Berry Volleyball team is an amazing group of young women who strive to not only grow in volleyball skill, but in character. I can't wait to be a part of such an amazing program."
(OH, Spring Hill, Fla., F.W. Springstead)
Aten joins the Vikings after being named 2018 Springstead Player of the Year. She is a four-time All-County Selection and was named North Suncoast Second-Team in 2016. As a two-time varsity captain, Aten has recorded 1,176 kills, 900 digs and 76 blocks in her career. Aten also competed on Tampa United club team and was a Pasco-Hernando All-Star senior selection.
The daughter of Denise and Jim Aten, Jennifer plans to major in international business at Berry.
"I choose Berry because of the culture, great academics, competitive volleyball program, beautiful campus, and opportunities I will have in my future," said Aten.