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MM 5.19: Maryland volleyball expands its 2021 recruiting class

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland volleyball continues to grow its incoming recruiting class, landing setter Zoe Huang and middle blocker Ellie Watson. Both are expected to join the Terps this fall along with Erin Engel, Milan Gomillion and Erin Morrissey who signed their National Letters of Intent back in November of 2020.

Huang joins Maryland after playing her last two years of high school ball at Flint Hill High School in Centreville, Virginia. While there, Huang helped bring her team to the 2019 VISAA State Championship. She ended the season 542 assists, 87 service aces, 135 digs and 21 kills. Huang spent five years with the Metro Volleyball Club of DC and won Chesapeake regionals in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The Virginia native says she chose to join the Terps based on the family atmosphere the team has created as well as Maryland’s vast educational opportunities.

Watson joins the Terps after helping lead her high school team to both the conference and regional championships in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Standing at 6-foot-1, the Illinois athlete helped her team reach sectional championship and a top-eight finish at the IHSA Tournament in 2019-20.

Watson has also captured AAU National Championships, been recognized as an MVP and an All-American, and landed a spot on the AVCA’s 2019 Phenom List, PrepVolleyball’s 2019 16’s All-Tournament Team and the 2020 Under Armour All-American Watch List.

Similar to Huang, Watson says she chose to join the Terps based on coaches, staff, academic opportunities and the home-like atmosphere.

Head coach Adam Hughes is eager to have both athletes in College Park and looks forward to seeing their accomplishments both on and off the court.

In Other News

Multiple Maryland men’s lacrosse players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Media All-America team.

Maryland women’s golf head coach Diana Cantu has been named to the WGCA 2021 National Coach of the Year watch list.

Former Maryland men’s soccer midfielder Eryk Williamson earned a spot on the MLS Team of the Week.

Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon recognized multiple Terps who will be playing in the NBA Playoffs this week.

Maryland softball honored pitcher Jennifer Brann following the end of her senior season.