CNT Detroit Player Bios

Brooke Bailey

Brooke Bailey
  • Outside hitter, Clemson
  • Transferred from Ohio State
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, 2016)
  • Three-time First Team All-Ohio HS honoree
  • Member of the USAV Women’s Junior A1 National Team, 2014
  • Major … psychology

 

 

 

 

 

Dani Barton

Danielle Barton
  • Opposite, Utah
  • Gatorade Utah Volleyball Player of the Year
  • Played basketball, track in HS
  • Started playing beach volleyball in 2009; indoor volleyball in 2012.
  • Both parents played volleyball for the University of Utah; both brothers play football at UofU.
  • Major … kinesiology
  • Enjoys chips and guac
  • Favorite athlete … Kerri Walsh Jennings
  • Personal hero … “Mikki Barton (my mom) because she is an amazing athlete, person, and mother.”
  • Dream … “Play in the Olympics for beach volleyball.”

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown
  • Setter, Washington State
  • Transferred from Oklahoma
  • USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals All-Tournament team (17-Open), 2015
  • USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals All-Tournament team (18-Open), 2016
  • Earned three HS varsity letters in volleyball, one in track as a quartermiler
  • Two-time Dallas Morning News First Team All-State selection
  • Three-time first team All-District selection
  • Father, Robert, was a professional hockey player in Finland
  • Major … business marketing

Bailey Choy

Bailey Choy
  • Setter, Washington State
  • Transferred from Oklahoma
  • USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals All-Tournament team (17-Open), 2015
  • USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals All-Tournament team (18-Open), 2016
  • Earned three HS varsity letters in volleyball, one in track as a quartermiler
  • Two-time Dallas Morning News First Team All-State selection
  • Three-time first team All-District selection
  • Father, Robert, was a professional hockey player in Finland
  • Major … business marketing

Gabby Curry

Gabby Curry
  • Libero, Kentucky
  • 2017 USAV Women’s Junior National Team
  • Two-time Gatorade Georgia Volleyball Player of the Year
  • Two-time Georgia HS State champions
  • Participated in competition cheerleading
  • Major … business management
  • Enjoys chocolate pizza
  • Favorite athlete … Julio Jones
  • Personal hero … “Buddy Curry, dad, I admire him because he has been through everything I have been through and continually pours his wisdom into me. I admire him because he leads me in my walk-in faith and loves me unconditionally. I admire him because he is loving and irreplaceable.”

Kendra Dahlke

Kendra Dahlke
  • Outside hitter, Arizona
  • USAV Junior Nationals MVP 18s Open, 2014; club won national title.
  • Three-time HS All-Academic team honors, 2012-14
  • Arizona Wildcats’ go-to hitter, leading the team with 3.26 kills/set in 2017
  • In HS, set school record with 43 kills in a match
  • Enjoys Netflix and sleeping in her free time.
  • Major … criminal justice studies
  • Favorite athlete … Carli Lloyd
  • Personal hero … Savannah Rennie of Cal Berkeley volleyball who received a liver transplant and developed non-Hodgkin’s post-transplant lymphoma and through all of that, still has the drive to compete at the highest level.

Candice Denny

Candice Denny
  • Middle blocker, Arizona
  • Four-time state HS champions (Archbishop Mitty HS)
  • Enjoys waffles
  • Favorite athlete … Venus Williams
  • Hobby … horseback riding
  • Also plays beach volleyball
  • Personal hero … “Trueman H. Denny III, my father, because he is extremely intelligent and loving and selfless.”
  • Dream … “help solve the homeless problem in San Francisco”

Mary Dodge

ME Dodge
  • Libero, Wisconsin
  • USAV High Performance International Youth Division, MVP, 2012
  • National Honor Society member
  • First-team All-State (2013-2015)
  • 2016 Wisconsin Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2015-16 Wisconsin Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year
  • HS team won 2013 state volleyball title (44-0) and the state track title; was state runner-up in basketball the same year
  • Major … speech language pathology
  • Enjoys pineapple pizza
  • Favorite athlete … Kobe Bryant
  • Personal hero … “Jeremy Weis, first club coach, and I admire him because he has helped me in so many aspects of life, including, being able to play for the Wisconsin Badgers.”

Andi Hale

Andrea Hale
  • Outside hitter, Weber State
  • USAV High Performance A3, 2014
  • First-team All-State; All-Region honors
  • Third at state in the high jump
  • Major … professional sales
  • Enjoys Thai food
  • Favorite athlete … Matt Anderson or Steph Curry
  • Hobby … hammocking
  • Personal hero … Rex Hale, my Dad. He is the hardest working person I know, he is selfless and charitable, and he loves his family so much.

Reilly Killeen

Riley Killeen
  • Libero, Kansas State
  • Her club coach in Honolulu is Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, three-time U.S. Olympian setter, who led Team USA to a silver in 2008.
  • Major … kinesiology
  • Enjoys spicy ahi
  • Favorite band is Kolohe Kai, a Hawaiian reggae band
  • Favorite athlete, LeBron James
  • Personal hero … “My Imi Ike club coaches (Kaleo Baxter and Robyn Ah Mow Santos) - I credit these two coaches as being the most influential people in my volleyball career, pushing and believing in me to be the best that I can be even when I didn’t always believe in myself.”
  • She is from Hawaii, but she’s not Hawaiian. She’s Filipino.
  • Interesting note … “I’ve gone shark caging and cliff jumping. I’ve danced hula since I was 4. My first job was at Subway, now I work as a personal trainer at the Kansas State Rec Center.”

Kaylin Korte

Kaylin Korte
  • Outside hitter, Clemson
  • USAV A1 Continental Team member
  • Three-time North Central Illinois All-Conference first-team honoree, All-State, Player of the Year, three-time MVP
  • Major … sports communications
  • Enjoys steak
  • Favorite athlete … LeBron James
  • Personal hero … “Michaela Franklin, head coach. I admire her because she is extremely passionate about what she does and motivates me to become a better person every day.”

Brooke Morgan

Brooke Morgan
  • Middle blocker, Kentucky
  • Earned Honor Roll all four years of HS
  • Won volleyball state title all four years of HS (2011-14)
  • Was all-conference in basketball and track (2012-15); all-state in basketball (2015); in track (2013-2014)
  • Major … communication and family science
  • Enjoys tacos
  • Favorite athlete … Kevin Durant





Meredith Norris

Meredith Norris
  • Outside hitter, Michigan State
  • USAV High Performance Junior A1 team, 2016; USAV HP Girls’ Youth, 2015
  • Top 10 in Graduating Class (7th overall, 2017), Academic All State (2016), GAC Scholar Athlete (2017), Honor Roll (2014-2017), National Honor Society (2016-2017)
  • First Team All-State (2014-16)
  • Had a Michigan HS state record, 56 kills in a match, 2015
  • Track: 1st Team All-Conference Discus (2015), 2nd Team All-Conference High Jump (2015, 2016), 2nd Team All-Conference Discus (2016), CHS Field Events MVP (2015) Basketball: Most Improved (2013-2014)
  • Major … kinesiology
  • Enjoys ice cream.
  • Favorite athlete … Kerri Walsh Jennings
  • Personal hero … “Robert and Nicole Norris, parents. My parents gave up their dreams so I could live mine. They have flown and driven all over the country for tournaments and practices, given up their weekends to spend them in a gym with me, and made a plethora of sacrifices they did not have to make so I can do what I love.”
  • Interesting note … I come from a small town filled with cornfields and I love crocs. (The shoes? Or the animal with all the teeth?)

Morgan O'Brien

Morgan O'Brien
  • Libero, Illinois
  • MaxPreps, PrepVolleyball All-American; Active Ankle All-National Team
  • Club team (18s) finished third at USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals
  • Four-time North Suburban All-Conference, All Region
  • Major, community health
  • Enjoys zucchini pasta
  • Favorite athlete … Kris Bryant
  • Personal hero … Tammy O'Brien. My mom taught me to be strong and independent.

Liz Pamphile

Elizabeth Pamphile
  • Middle blocker, Arkansas
  • National Honor Society member
  • 3x District Champion in HS volleyball, 2014-2016
  • Was a member of the 6A state champions for basketball in 2014; finished fifth in Florida in shot put (2015-16)
  • Mother, Clunie, played on the Haiti National Volleyball Team; father, Hugues, played on the Haiti National Soccer Team
  • Major … business economics
  • Enjoys chicken wings
  • Favorite athlete … Serena Williams
  • Interesting note … I am the only person in my family that was born in the U.S., everyone else was born in Haiti. However, I am fluent in English and Creole, speak a little French and am learning Spanish.

Addie Picha

Addie Picha
  • Middle Blocker, San Diego
  • 2017 All-WCC First Team
  • First-team All-South Puget Sound League, and second-team All-Area as a senior
  • As a junior and sophomore, took home second-team All-Puget Sound League
  • Lettered in tennis and basketball
  • Interesting note … family owns a berry farm and pumpkin patch

 

 

 

Yossiana (Yossi) Pressley

Yosi Pressley
  • Outside hitter, Baylor
  • 2017 AVCA All-American (honorable mention)
  • 2017 Southwest Region, Big 12 Freshman of the Year
  • 2017 All-Big 12 First Team and All-Freshman Team
  • Earned Under Armour First Team All-America honors her senior season
  • First Team All-State, 2015-16
  • Academic All-District section
  • Major … business

Tess Reid

Tess Reid
  • Setter, Loyola Marymount
  • National Honor Society member
  • HS All-Conference (2013-15), All State (2014, 2015) and Kansas 6A Player of the Year (2016)
  • Major … graphic design
  • Enjoys mashed potatoes
  • Favorite athlete … Courtney Thompson
  • Hobby … anything art
  • She is a fan of planet Earth. Her personal hero is anyone, among other things, “who protects our earth.” She works with an international organization to promote conservation with scuba diving. And her dream or goal … “see every inch of the earth.”
  • Interesting note … “I cut off my left ring finger when I was 2 or 3 and had to have it sewn back on. Also, my name backward is sset, and that’s kind of cool.”

Lauren Sanders

Lauren Sanders
  • Middle blocker, Washington
  • USAV Junior National team, 2016
  • Major … pre-nursing
  • Enjoys watermelon
  • Hobby … art and beach volleyball
  • Favorite athlete … Kerri Walsh Jennings
  • Personal hero … “I really [admire] Kerri Walsh for her incredibly ability to have it all: be an Olympian, a mother, a wife and a role model for so many female athletes at the same time.”
  • Interesting note … “I am really crafty! I love DIY anything.”

Sarah Sanders

Sarah Sanders
  • Opposite, Oklahoma
  • USAV Girls’ Youth National Team, silver medal at NORCECA, 2014
  • Academic All-State in volleyball
  • Major … biomedical engineering
  • Enjoys strawberries
  • Dream … “make prosthetics for people in need in Haiti”

 

 

 

 

 

Mia Sokolowski

Mia Sokolowski
  • Opposite, Florida
  • Redshirted in 2016
  • USAV Girls’ Youth National Training Team, 2015
  • 2015 Volleyball Magazine 25 Underclassmen to Watch
  • 2014 second team All-State
  • Major … African American studies
  • Role model … Logan Tom … “I watch all of her interviews and … she always wants to learn even after being so successful. Her attitude on the court is always helpful to the team, and she is the one who calms everybody down when thing get tough. I want to be that kind of person, too.”

Haley Templeton

Hailey Templeton
  • Setter, Miami
  • Graduated high school cum laude
  • Georgia’s Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year
  • Under Armour first-time All American
  • Enjoys steak
  • Favorite athlete … Steph Curry
  • Hobbies … scuba diving and sky diving
  • Personal hero … her mom, Denise, “she’s the person I aspire to be when I grow up.”
  • Interesting note …“I'm a huge thrill seeker. While I was in New Zealand, I went bungee jumping, skydiving and whitewater rafting within the first two days of arriving.”

Jaila Tolbert

Jaila Tolbert
  • Opposite, Virginia Tech
  • Member of the Headmasters List; National Honor Society ‘National Achievement’ honoree
  • First team All-State; four-time All-Conference; three-time MVP
  • All-Conference and All-Section team for track
  • Major … international studies with a business concentration
  • Enjoys French toast
  • Hobby … trying new restaurants
  • Personal hero … My rock and personal hero is my mother Chanda Tolbert! I admire her resilience and sacrifice; she is by far the strongest woman I know.
  • Interesting note … I am very interested in China/U.S. relations and hope to become fluent in Mandarin someday.

Amber Witherspoon

Amber Witherspoon
  • Middle blocker, Syracuse
  • Part of CNT-Minneapolis in 2017
  • Led Syracuse with 1.32 blocks per set in 2017
  • Major ... human development and family science
  • Two-time member of SU Athleteic Director's Honor Roll
  • Played basketball for Syracuse in 2014