July 13, 2007
Providence, RI - Brown University Head Volleyball Coach Diane Short has announced that four new players will join the Bears this fall as part of the Class of 2011. Annie Matusewicz (Dallas, TX), Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA), Danielle Vaughan (Palos Verdes, CA), and Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) will comprise the team's freshman class this coming season.
Matusewicz, a graduate of the Episcopal School of Dallas, will play outside hitter and defensive specialist for the Bears. She was an All-Southern Preparatory Conference honoree in her junior and senior years at ESD, also earning All-North Zone honors those two years and being named team MVP as a junior. In her freshman and sophomore years, playing for Woodrow Wilson High, she was named the Outstanding Outside Hitter in her district as a sophomore and to the All-District First Team as a freshman. Matusewicz has club experience playing three years with the Texas Assault and one with Dallas Premier. At 15, she was named the Tournament MVP at the Junior Olympic National Invitational Champoinship.
Toman, who could see time at outside hitter and right side for the Bears, is a graduate of Newport Harbor High. A team captain, she led her team to a top 50 national ranking this past season, leading Newport Harbor in kills and earning first team All-Sunset League honors as the team switched leagues. She was named second team All-Seaview League as a junior, which was her second season earning her team's Coach's Award. Toman was selected to the All-Tournament Team for the 2007 California Challenge tournament, and was selected to participate in the Dave Mohs Memorial Orange County All-Star match. She plays her club ball for the Orange County Nike team, which won the 2007 Volleyball Festival Championship in Reno, Nev.
The lone middle blocker in the incoming class, Vaughan joins the Bears from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. She was a two-time All-Bay League honoree, earning first team honors as a junior. She earned PVPHS Most Valuable Player honors as a senior, and was named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player in her junior year. She has three years' experience playing for Long Beach Volleyball Club, competing at the Junior Olympics all three years. Entering that third year, her team had posted top-ten finishes twice.
Coming to Brown from Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati, Williamson will play right side. A member of the Cincy Classics 15 Red team that was ranked second in the nation, she has extensive experience playing against top club competition, playing on Cincy Classics and Team Z teams that have finished in fifth and 11th in the open national tournament. Williamson was a captain at Ursuline as a senior, earning second team All-GGCL recognition and being chosen for the Senior All-Star Game. Williamson was chosen for the USA Volleyball High Performance program, and was named Best Player at that camp.