Nov. 14, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech volleyball head coach Matt Sonnichsen announced the Lady Techsters fall signing class Sunday evening. After signing National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 academic year earlier this week, Bridget Benditz and Anne Marie Taylor will join the Lady Techsters next season.
"We look forward to these two young women contributing as we become a contender in the Western Athletic Conference," said Sonnichsen. "Both come from very good programs and solid families. They will be assists to Louisiana Tech both on and off the court."
Benditz, a six-foot outside hitter from Spring, Texas led Klein Oak HS to an impressive 38-3 record this past season including the team's first regional quarterfinal appearance since 2005. Klein Oak was ranked as high as fourth in the state of Texas and 21st in the nation according to MaxPreps.com. The prep standout recorded the fourth-most kills in the nation this past season, 643, while leading the Lady Panthers to their second-straight district 13-5A championship.
As a four-time letterman and 2010 team captain, Benditz was tabbed first team 13-5A all-district three-straight seasons in addition to picking up three-straight academic all-district honors. Benditz was named to the Kingwood and Cy Fair ISD all-tournament teams earlier this season and was cited as the MaxPreps.com Player of the Week on Oct. 25, 2010.
Benditz signed with Louisiana Tech after taking visits to LSU, Cornell and Louisiana-Lafayette.
Taylor, a six-foot-five right side hitter from Sherman Oaks, California tallied a .358 hitting percentage and 2.2 kills per set this past season at Notre Dame HS. Her .358 clip was ranked fifth among student-athletes with at least 234.3 attempts in Division 1AA.
In 2009, Taylor led her club team, SCVC, to Disney Volleyball's Summer Soirée title. The prep standout was also named an all-tournament performer at the MLK tournament. Taylor was cited with all-tournament honors during the high school season at the Peach and Valley Tournament.
In addition to her merits on the volleyball court, as an underclassmen Taylor lettered in basketball at center and was instrumental in leading Notre Dame HS on the hardwood to the school's first ever women's CIS and Mission League title in any sport.
As a four-year Cum Laude scholar, Taylor chose Louisiana Tech after looking at Northeastern, Gonzaga and Texas State.
Louisiana Tech returns to action Monday night at 7 p.m. with a home match against Utah State. The Lady Techsters close out the season with senior night Thursday evening against Nevada.
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