WSU head volleyball coach Susan Clements has announced the signing of three student-athletes who will attend Wright State and play for the Raiders next fall: Teddie Sauer, Natalie Sanatana and Abby Barcus.
“The 2017 class is by far one of the most athletic groups we have recruited to Wright State,” Clements said. “Each one of these young women can be an immediate impact and continue the progress we are making in building a program of excellence. We see this class as the cornerstone for this program to make a big turn towards competing in the Horizon League Tournament each season.”
Sauer, a 6-0 middle from Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was named first-team SAC Conference and All-Northeast Indiana as well as a finalist for the Fort Wayne Player of the Year. Leading her team to a 25-10 record and conference championship as a senior, she recorded 396 kills for a 41% kill percentage while posting 243 digs, 93 blocks and 51 service aces. She also set the record for most solo blocks in a set with seven.
Her teams won four conference titles as well as a sectional title and three regional championships as she was a three-time all-league selection and two-time All-Northeast Indiana player.
“When first watching Teddie, the one word you can say is power,” Clements said. “She is an aggressive player, leader and her intensity to compete is the reason she will be a tremendous player. Teddie is physically ready to impact our program immediately and we are excited to see her on the court next fall.”
Santana, a 5-11 outside/right side hitter from LaPorte (IN) High School, was a four-time All-Area selection and three-time all-conference as well twice team MVP and team captain in 2015. She collected 282 kills for a .441% with 45 solo blocks and 67 total blocks as the Slicers posted a 29-9 overall record.
“Natalie is going to be such an addition to our program,” Clements said. “Her athleticism, high volleyball IQ and work ethic are going to shine through here at Wright State. When Natalie attended our summer camp we saw her break out and really be a fast dynamic attacker, but what was more impressive was her back row skills and ball control. She is a smooth athlete and brings a calm confidence on the court that will elevate our program.”
Barcus, a 5-10 outside hitter from Jay Country High School in Portland, Indiana, was a three-time All-Conference selection while being named an AAU All American with Munciana club volleyball in 2014 and 2016 and an All-Star the last two years. She led Jay County to 18 wins last fall with 329 kills, 269 digs and 31 blocks while hitting .283.
“Abby is another pure athlete in this class and will bring a high level of competitiveness,” Clements said. “She elevates with quickness to the ball and has a fast arm that will be a terminator for this program. She as the ability to be a six rotation player and with her work ethic we fully anticipate her becoming that in the future.”