DETROIT, Mich. -- The Marygrove College women's volleyball program added another key piece to their future plans Tuesday (Feb. 11) when they signed Southgate Anderson's Hailey Brandes to a 2014-15 Letter of Intent with family, teammates, and Titan administration at her side. The signing marks the second of the 2014 class – and second in as many weeks – for Jamie Baker and the Mustang volleyball program.
Brandes, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, will continue her academic and athletic career at the northwest Detroit campus that boasts 14 intercollegiate sports. The new Mustang recently completed four seasons of varsity volleyball at Anderson and will participate in her second year of tennis in the spring. Despite playing a few sports throughout her high school career, Brandes made her biggest impact on the volleyball court over the past two seasons for the Titans.
Proving hard work pays off, Brandes was named Anderson's Most Improved Player at the conclusion of her junior campaign. As a senior in 2013, Brandes grew into a lead role for the Titans and first year head coach Josh Short in a season that culminated with team MVP honors, as well as a nod on the All-News Herald and All-Region team. The standout outside hitter helped the Titans to a district final appearance and finished the season with 275 digs, 250 kills, 50 aces and served at a 88.5 percent clip.
Brandes was also a two-year member of the well-known Michigan Elite volleyball club.
"Hailey is a great kid," said Short. "She is a hard worker that will continue to improve in Coach Baker's system. We wish her the best of luck at Marygrove."
Signing Notables: Brandes becomes the second student-athlete Coach Short has sent to Jamie Baker's program in as many years after helping Melvindale's Alyssa Adkins transition to the Mustangs in 2013. Brandes, who has a twin brother, Jacob, will join a Marygrove volleyball program that already boasts two sets of twins (Kara Kempinski & Nicole Kempinski and Ashley Murphy & twin brother, Andrew).
Coach Baker on Brandes: We are very excited Hailey has decided to join the Mustang volleyball program. She brings some added height to our front row – a need for us heading into next season. She is a dedicated student-athlete, and will fit in nicely with the direction our program is going on and off the court. Hailey's skills and work ethic will allow her to transition nicely to the college level. I have no doubt that she will be a solid player for us and I look forward to coaching her next season.
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