On Friday, Texas announced that Hawaii prospect Jhenna Gabriel will join the university’s volleyball program.
A 5-8 setter and libero, Gabriel is the all-time leader in assists and digs at Honolulu’s Maryknoll School. She was a three-time all-state selection in high school. Gabriel also competed with the Rainbow Volleyball Club.
“I’m very excited to have Jhenna join our program,” Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said in a statement. “She is a very dynamic player that can play defense and pass. She loves to train and compete and has an arsenal of skill sets.”
Welcome to the Texas Volleyball family, Jhenna Gabriel! We are so honored to have you. 🤘🧡
— Texas Volleyball (@TexasVolleyball) May 18, 2018
Elliott added that Gabriel is “underappreciated as a recruit.” When it comes to speed, Elliott compared Gabriel to former All-American setter Chloe Collins.
Last season, Ashley Shook averaged 10.8 assists per set during her freshman year at Texas. Junior-to-be Riley Fisbeck is another setter on the roster. If Gabriel is to be used as a libero, she’ll have to compete for playing time with veterans Autumn Rounsaville and Claire Hahn and incoming freshman Sydney Petersen.
Gabriel joins Petersen and highly-rated middle blocker Asjia O’Neal in UT’s 2018 recruiting class. Texas has not yet confirmed the impending arrival of outside hitter Logan Eggleston, who has said she will arrival at Texas this season after graduating from high school a year early.
The Longhorns will return 10 players from a team that went 27-3 in 2017. UT opens its 2018 season on Aug. 24.
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