Michigan State Predicts Success With New Players

Feb. 26, 1998

The Michigan State volleyball team recently announced the signing of three players for the 1998 season. Incoming freshmen Erin Hartley of Midland, Mich. and Angela Morley from Holland, Mich. will be joined by senior transfer Jennifer Stroffe from UC Santa Barbara.

Stroffe, a native of Newport Beach, Calif., tore the anterior cruciate knee ligament in her left knee at the beginning of her junior year, and was redshirted. She retains one year of eligibility. A former member of the USA Youth National Team with current Spartan Jenna Wrobel, the 6-foot-1 outside hitter led Corona del Mar High School to back-to-back conference, state and national championships in her final two seasons and was named a Volleyball Fab 50 coming out of high school. She finished her freshman season at UCSB with 242 kills, 360 digs and 30 service aces, numbers that got her elected to the Big West Conference All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore Stroffe missed more than half of the season with a stress fracture in her patella but still finished the year with 125 kills, 17 service aces, 166 digs and 23 blocks. Last season Stroffe played in all 37 matches for the Gauchos, recording 58 kills, 17 service aces, 17 blocks, 156 digs and a .227 hitting percentage, helping her team to a 32-5 record, an NCAA bid and a No. 5 national ranking.

"I'm hoping as a senior that I will bring some leadership because I've played in a lot of intense matches," said Stroffe. "I'm looking for a change. For one year I'm looking forward to something completely different and new."

"She will provide experience and maturity to our (team)," said Michigan State head coach Chuck Erbe. "She's a very bright young lady who's looking for a certain kind of experience, so she's going to be very hungry when she comes in here."

"She realizes that this is her last year so I think there's going to be a tremendous effort on her part to make a spot for herself," Erbe said.

Hartley, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter/middle blocker is an all-region, all-area player who has led her volleyball team to a conference and district championships at Midland High School. Hartley has also earned letters in basketball, leading her team to a district championships as its leading scorer, and track in which she won the region high jump championship and earned all-state honors. Hartley plays for the Valley Volleyball Elite club team and maintains a 3.6 GPA.

"Erin has unlimited potential," said Michigan State head coach Chuck Erbe. "She is one of the best kept secrets in the nation. When Jenna Wrobel came out of high school, she was the No. 1 left side hitter in the nation, and I certainly put her potential right up there with Jenna."

Morley is a 6-foot-4 middle blocker who stars at West Ottawa High School. She earned all-conference honors as a junior and also lettered in basketball. Morley plays for the T.K.O. Volleyball club. She is a member of the honor roll and the National Honor Society and maintains a 3.6 GPA.

"(Angela) is an excellent athlete possessing excellent quickness," Erbe said. "She has the potential to be a dominating front row player. She has the athleticism to play in the front row, and she's an excellent attacker."