Nov. 15, 2012
Three players - Jackie Bowman, Madisen Lydon, and Anna Skold - have signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball at Boston College in 2013, according to an announcement made by head coach Chris Campbell.
All three players captained their respective high school teams as seniors and have committed to the Eagles during the early signing period.
Bowman, a 6-2 setter from Pacific Palisades, Calif., played her prep volleyball for the Brentwood School and Sunshine Volleyball Club. She was named to Prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces honorable mention list and garnered All-CIF First Team and All-League First Team accolades as a sophomore. A four-year varsity starter for Brentwood head coach Jeff Porter, Bowman helped lead the Eagles to a state title in 2011 and to the state semifinals in 2010.
"Jackie is a very talented setter who has played her entire career in one of the most competitive volleyball regions of the country," Campbell said. "Making the jump to NCAA Division I is more challenging for a setter than for any other position in volleyball, but Jackie's preparation prior to BC allows her the best possible chance to make that transition quickly."
"She has great mobility for her height and a great touch on the ball and I look forward to having her join our program."
Lydon, a 5-8 libero out of Stuart, Fla., played for Martin County High School and Sham-Roxz Volleyball Club during her prep career. She was selected to the 2012 Under Armour All-American Watch List and earned both Stuart News-TCPalm First Team All-Area and Palm Beach Post First Team All-Area honors as a junior. At Martin County, Lydon set numerous school records including career digs (1,042), career serve receive successes (1,639), aces in a match (17), and digs in a match (27) while playing for head coaches Marty Bielicki and Krissy Brown-Schmidt.
"Madi's long term goal was to attend BC and she has been attending our summer camps since her freshman year to showcase her skills to us in person," Campbell said. "As a result I am probably more familiar with Madi's game than any other recruit we've had at BC."
"She has great mobility, great IQ, and an easy, efficient technique that makes the game look simple. She has the makings of a great libero."
Skold, a 6-3 middle hitter from Omaha, Neb., played high school volleyball for Westside High School and played club for Nebraska Juniors. She was listed as one of the Lincoln Journal Star's players to watch in 2012 and was selected as an Omaha World-Herald All-Class A Honorable Mention and All-Metro Honorable Mention choice as a junior. Skold played for head coach Kim Eymann at Westside and recorded 102 blocks and a .262 attack percentage for the Tigers as a senior.
"Anna comes to BC from an elite club in volleyball-mad Nebraska. She has good mobility, a very fast arm, and good volleyball IQ," Campbell said. "She is also quite versatile and can compete at both the middle and on the rightside. She has the potential to be a very effective player in the ACC."