New signees come from California, Kentucky and Ohio

The University of Tennessee volleyball Head Coach Rob Patrick announced the signings of three new Lady Vols. Outside hitter Milan Clarke (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica H.S.), outside hitter/middle hitter/right side Mindy Flynn (Louisville, Ky. / duPont Manual H.S.) and setter Chelsea Noble (Vandalia, Ohio / Vandalia-Butler H.S.) begin play at Tennessee in 2005.
“These players bring the most volleyball experience of any recruiting class that we’ve had at Tennessee, Head Coach Rob Patrick said. “I believe that their adjustment to the college game will be fairly quick.
I’m very excited to have them join the team next year as they will as a group add depth and fill some holes that our departing seniors will leave. All three of these players are very tough competitors, which is one of the main qualities that led us to recruit this trio of young ladies to play for the University of Tennessee.
Clarke was named one of’s “Senior Aces for the 2005 class,along with Most Valuable Player in the Ocean League after helping lead Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif., to the league championship and qualification to the CIF tournament. She played all four years, earning all-Ocean League honors the past three and acted as caption for one season. Her biggest thrill in sports occurred when she got the final kill in a defeat of the No. 1 club team in southern California. She’s also a member of the National Honors Society and California Scholarship Federation.
“Milan is going to add a lot of athleticism to our outside hitter position, Patrick said. “She is also a very solid passer and back row player who I believe can develop into a great all-around player with just a little more experience.
Since she has played middle hitter for many years before moving to the outside last year, she is very familiar in attacking all areas of the net offensively. She is relatively new as an outside hitter, but her potential is very untapped. I’m excited to see some great improvements from her very early in her career.
Flynn comes to Tennessee with high accomplishments at the club level, having competed for the 2003 AAU champions and being named an AAU All-American that same year. She played all four years for duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Ky., while serving as caption for one, earning all-state honors from 2002-05. She was also named to the honor roll.
“Mindy may be one of the most versatile hitters that we’ve recruited at Tennessee, Patrick said.
“She can already play all of the front row hitting positions well.  She is also a very underrated back row player and as she gets physically stronger, I envision her being able to play all six rotations for our team, which would add another dynamic of back row attacking that we really haven’t had in all our rotations.
Noble was named to the all-state and all-District 15 teams while being named Greater Miami Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2004. In her junior campaign, Noble was honored as the GMVC and District 15 Player of the Year in 2003 at Vandalia-Butler High School in Vandalia, Ohio. Noble competed for the Junior Olympic A-2 team participant in Colorado Springs, Colo. She also competed for the track and field team, setting school records in 2003 in the pole vault (9-6) and 100-meter dash (12.22).
She also is a member of the National Honor Society, the Honor Roll and the Sportsmanship Committee.
“I’m very excited about the potential that Chelsea has as a setter, Patrick said.
“Her athletic ability allows her to play much bigger than her size. She’s a very solid blocker and a great defensive player and has a great personality to be a leader for our team. She’s a positive influence with her teammates on the court and always has fun playing the game.

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