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Volleyball announces six new players to its 2019 roster


IU volleyball announced six new players on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

Haley Armstrong

Armstrong, a defensive specialist from Milton, Ontario, Canada, will be joining IU in the fall.

Armstrong was the libero on Canadian Junior National Team and was the 2018 Volleyball Canada National Silver Medalist. She also won the 2019 Evelyn Holick Award.

Sophie Oliphant

IU got another defensive specialist in Oliphant, who is from Carmel, Indiana.

Oliphant was a four-year varsity starter at Carmel High School and had over 1,400 career digs and 140 aces. She was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America nominee and is a three-time Munciana AAU Open National Championship winner.

Ashley Zulauf

Zulauf is an outside hitter from Wheaton, Illinois.

Standing 6 feet tall, Zulauf accumulated 533 career kills and 370 digs in three years at St. Francis High School. She was named All-State her senior year and was the 2019 AAU National Champion and MVP of the Premier Division.

Kari Zumach

Zumach is another outside hitter from Buffalo, Minnesota.

She was First Team All-State her senior year at Buffalo High School, hitting .300 with 461 kills. Zumach played at Creighton University in 2018 and was named Big East Freshman of the Week twice. The 6-foot-3-inch outside hitter will be transferring to IU this fall.

Peyton Yelich

Yelich is a middle blocker from Crown Point, Indiana.

The 6-foot-2-inch freshman was an All-State selection at Crown Point High School. She is also a two-time state championship runner-up with the Bulldogs and is the record holder for blocks in a season. Yelich also made the AVCA Phenom List.

Jacqui Armer

Armer is another 6-foot-3-inch middle blocker from Bradenton, Florida.

Armer led Manatee High School to its first ever volleyball state championship in her junior season, . She is transferring to IU after playing three seasons at Louisiana State University. Her junior season at LSU, Armer started 27-28 matches with 221 kills. In 2017, she led LSU in blocks and finished fourth in the SEC at 1.22 blocks per set.

In total, the Hoosiers added two players in each position. IU's season will officially start Aug. 30 against Florida International University inside Wilkinson Hall as the arena's opening for volleyball.

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