USC Upstate Volleyball Announces Five Additions for 2018 Season

USC Upstate Volleyball Announces Five Additions for 2018 Season

Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head volleyball coach Jennifer Calloway has announced today the additions of five student-athletes that will be joining the Spartan program for the upcoming 2018 season.

The five new additions consist of Dylan Herb, Mackenzie Lauer, Mackenzie Marcum, Lauren Phillips and Mikenzie Young-Mullins. The five student-athletes hail from the states of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

"We are happy to announce another exceptional class of recruits for 2018," said Calloway. "This group brings in a wealth of experience playing at an elite level with both their high school and club programs. These girls will continue the academic legacy as they have a passion for excelling in the classroom and are fierce competitors on the court. We are excited to see them push their limits while growing mentally and physically in the gym."

Herb is a 5-11 setter from Tybee Island, Ga. where she graduated from St. Vincent's Academy. She lettered four years in volleyball and concluded her prep career with 2,000 career assists. Herb earned numerous accolades at St. Vincent's including All-State and First Team All-City. She was named Area Player of the Year both in 2016 and 2017, and was named Most Valuable Player of St. Vincent's this past season. Herb was a member of the 2016 team that won a state championship. She also excelled in the classroom earning academic honors in each of her four years. She is the daughter of Dennis and Stephanie Herb.

Lauer is a 5-11 outside hitter from Delafield, Wisc. and is transferring to USC Upstate from Indian Hills Community College. She appeared in 58 matches during her two seasons at Indian Hills and registered 273 kills to go with a .207 hitting percentage. Lauer also compiled 107 total blocks. She graduated from Kettle Moraine High School where she lettered in volleyball and lacrosse. Lauer was an Honorable Mention All-Conference performer and Team Most Valuable Player. She is the daughter of Jason and Amy Lauer.

Marcum is a 5-6 defensive specialist/libero from Woodruff, S.C. and graduated from nearby James F. Byrnes High School. She lettered in both volleyball and softball, and holds the record for most career digs after combining for 1,417 digs and 95 service aces. Marcum was a three-time All-Region performer for volleyball and one in softball. She earned Best Defensive Player honors three times and also excelled in the classroom, receiving SCHSL Scholar-Athlete and Scholar-Athlete of the Week accolades. She is the daughter of Robert and Melissa Marcum.

Phillips is a 5-10 outsider hitter from Davidson, N.C. and attended Cox Mill High School. She lettered four years in both volleyball and softball. Phillips played on four conference championship teams at Cox Mill and won a state championship as a junior. She was also named Defensive Player of the Year all four seasons while receiving the Sportsmanship Award in the Class AAA State Championship game. She is the daughter of Ronnie and Michelle Phillips.

Young-Mullins is a 5-7 outside hitter from Duncan, S.C. and also graduated from nearby James F. Byrnes High School. She lettered in both volleyball and track at Byrnes, concluding her career on the volleyball court with 1,112 digs, 874 kills, 198 service aces and 56 total blocks. A North-South All-Star Game participant, Young-Mullins was a four-time All-Region selection and was named to the All-Tournament Team twice. She earned All-State honors this past season while picking up Team Most Valuable Player (2016) and Coaches Award (2015) recognition throughout her career. She recently won the state championship for track in the triple jump and was the school's 2017-18 Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She is the daughter of Charles Mullins and Tonette Young.

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