Published Thursday, April 18, 2013 AT 11:28 AM / Updated at 11:28 AM
UNO volleyball coach adds high-level recruit
Mavericks Today Omaha World-Herald

Amanda Conlin has signed a national letter of intent to join the UNO volleyball program in 2013, coach Rose Shires announced Thursday. Conlin will also participate in track and field as a shot putter.

“Amanda is an explosive, high-level athlete, who will bring the UNO volleyball program to new heights,” Shires said. “She is the type of player who hits heavy and fast, and she is quick as a blocker pin-to-pin. Most important, Amanda is an amazing competitor. She will also throw the shot put at UNO, becoming a rare two-sport collegiate athlete. We are very excited to have Amanda join our program.”

A native of Glendale, Ariz., Conlin is a 6-foot-2 middle blocker who lettered four years at Deer Valley High School for Coach Jackie Wallace. Conlin earned AIA Division II second-team all-state honors as a senior and was also a two-time first-team all-section selection. In 2010-11, she was part of the 5A Division II regional championship team and garnered 5A Conference Northwest second-team all-region accolades the same year. Conlin holds Deer Valley school records for kill efficiency and solo blocks.

Conlin played club volleyball for the Arizona Desert Sky for Coach Julie Southwick. She helped her team to the 2012 Arizona Region 17-Open Silver Division title and participated in USA Volleyball’s Olympic High Performance Camps in 2010 and 2011.

Conlin also lettered four years in both basketball and track and field at Deer Valley. She is a three-time Arizona state shot put champion and holds the school record in the event.

A standout in the classroom, Conlin ranks in the top 10 percent of her class and carries a 4.07 grade-point average. She plans to major in computer science and engineering at UNO.

“I am so excited to become a Maverick,” Conlin said. “I’m glad I have found a new home in Omaha; I absolutely love it there. The future at UNO is full of adventure and fun, and there are many experiences waiting for me there. I can’t wait to start my career at UNO with my teammates, coaches and friends.”

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