Second-year Volleyball head coach Cristina Robertson announced the six student athletes that make up her first UMBC recruiting class on Monday. The group features players from five different states and the Netherlands while also representing every position on the court.
Outside hitter Kamani Conteh, right side hitter Emily Ferketic, middle blocker Niki Khoshatefeh, setter Riley Putnicki, defensive specialist Kayla Tomas, and right side hitter Anouk Van Noord will join the Retrievers volleyball roster in the Fall of 2019.
"We are incredibly excited to have this group join the UMBC Volleyball family," said Robertson. "We are definitely adding some size and skill to our roster which is going to increase the level of competition within our program. All six young women have the ability to contribute to our team both on and off the court and will be instrumental in taking another step forward with our program. I believe each of these young women fit with the culture we have created here as well as the vision we have for UMBC Volleyball going forward and I am excited to see what they will accomplish during their time on campus."
Coach Robertson on:
Kamani Conteh (New Castle, Delaware/Wilmington Christian), 5-10, Freshman, OH/RS
" A talented outside hitter who can also play right side. She plays with a lot of confidence and is very physical at the net. Her work ethic is unbelievable and her positive attitude and team first mentality are obvious as she competes. She is quick off the floor and has a great arm. Kamani has the capability of being a six-rotation player which we look forward to seeing in her career. "
Emily Ferketic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Avonworth), 6-2, Freshman, RS
"A physical right side hitter who is a great blocker. She plays high at the net and is a lot of fun to see in action. Emily has a strong personality and is very vocal on the court. Her work ethic, athletic ability, as well as her quickness off the floor make her a special talent."
Niki Khoshatefeh (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak), 6-2, Freshman, MB
"A physical middle blocker who plays with a lot of confidence. She has become accustomed to winning which makes us excited to bring into our team culture. Her activity in the middle, long reach, and competitiveness makes her fun to watch. Niki's passion, work ethic, and sweet nature will set her apart. She is a very dynamic volleyball players who loves to play the game."
Riley Putnicki (Monument, Colo./Lewis-Palmer), 5-9, Freshman, Setter
"A talented setter whose skill set fits in perfectly with our current personnel. She is fast, vocal, and has a great understanding of the game. Riley is an all-around athlete who also has the ability to hit at the net. She enjoys the game and is very competitive. Her positive energy will uplift anyone who plays with her."
Kayla Tomas (Silver Spring, Md./James Hubert Blake), 5-6, Freshman, DS
"A defensive specialist who plays with a lot of energy. She enjoys the game and is a great teammate. Kayla is quick, hardworking, and plays with a lot of enthusiasm, and we look forward to seeing her development."
Anouk Van Noord (Amsterdam, Netherlands/Kaj Munk College/Otero Junior College (Colo.)), 6-2, Junior, OH/RS
"An experienced right side hitter and a versatile volleyball player. She leads with a calm demeanor and determined personality which will assist our team in succeeding through tough situations. Anouk plays high at the net and can be a six-rotation player. Her work ethic and desire to improve will be huge assets to our program."