Concordia University head volleyball coach Rachel Miller has announced three more signings to the 2011 recruiting class. Carli Smith (Temecula, Calif.), Audrey Mehl (Concordia, Mo.) and Emily Metschke (Lincoln, Neb.) will join the Bulldogs in the fall.
Smith was a four-year letter winner as a libero for the Temecula Valley Golden Bears. She started for three years and was team captain for two years. Carli was a three-time second team All-League selection and a two-time honorable mention All-City selection. She was the dig leader in the Southwestern Division during her junior and senior years. Carli also picked up a great deal of experience with multiple club teams including the 951 Elite and the Temecula Valley Vipers. She also earned Scholar-Athlete honors in each of the past four years. Carli is the daughter of Don and Jan Smith. She plans to major in Sociology.
“I’m thrilled to have Carli join the Bulldog family”, said Miller. “During her search for the right school, Carli learned about Concordia University through our other California recruit, and after a visit to Nebraska, we were both convinced this was the place for her. Carli is a great defensive player with solid passing skills and knowledge of the game. She is a tremendous addition to our back court and our team!”
Mehl was a four-sport participant at St. Paul Lutheran High School in Missouri. She lettered for four years in volleyball, basketball and softball and for one year in soccer. Audrey is the daughter of Paul and Lucinda Mehl. She plans to major in Secondary Education at Concordia.
"I'm happy announce that Audrey will join the Bulldog family this fall,” remarked Miller. “Audrey has a solid fundamental base and a strong work ethic, and I look for her to add depth to our defense as well. She is another Bulldog that follows the strong family connection at Concordia, as I coached her older sister a few years back!"
Metschke was a four-year letter winner at Lincoln Lutheran. She was a multi-time Academic All-Conference and All-State selection. Emily also picked up honorable mention All-Conference honors in basketball during her senior year. She was a four-year member of the Honor Roll and was also a member of the National Honor Society.
“I’m excited that Emily chose to continue her career at Concordia University,” commented Miller. “We have a long tradition of having Lincoln Lutheran players on our team, and Emily is a great one to continue that with. She is a solid all-around player who adds depth to our outside hitters, and I know she will continue and to grow and excel as a student-athlete during her time at Concordia.”