LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -Siena Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Garvey Pierre announced the addition of eight to the program. The eight additions include two transfers Antonija Ivanovic and Katarina Nicic and six incoming freshman Nicole Deobler, Jess Eblin, Jordan Ishida, Dakota Jackson, Tyla Parker and Brooke Rogers.
“Nicole should be able to contribute to the team success due to her background, experience and versatility.” said head coach Pierre.
Deobler was the co-captain of her varsity squad at Granada Hills Charter High School. A Granada Hills, California native she accumulated 350 kills to average 4.0 kills per set during her senior year. Deobler picked up 153 digs, 32 blocks and 52 service aces for her senior season. She was 2016 Los Angeles City Section Open Division Champions. Deobler was named First Team Varsity All-West Valley League member as well as a First Team JV All-League selection. She is part of the Senior Leadership Council, PAWS and Junior Council. She played club volleyball and earned the Silver Medal in the 17Open (Bid) for SoCal JNQ. In 2016, Doebler won bronze at the 17Open (Bid) Colorado Crossroads JNQ and took silver at the 17Open Las Vegas Classic. She also volunteers her time at the Children’s Hunger Fund.
“Jessica has a great volleyball IQ,” noted Pierre. “She is very passionate about the game and we expect her to be successful at Siena.”
Eblin led Trinity Classical Academy to the CIF Quarterfinals for the deepest playoff run in program history during her senior year. The Valencia, California native was named to the Under Armour All-America Watch list along with being selected as the Heritage League MVP. She earned that honor after her team became the Heritage League Champions. Eblin is a two-time First Team All-Heritage League member and one-time Second Team All-League member. She was an All Santa Clarita Valley Team Honorable Mention member her junior year. During her junior season, Eblin was named the Trinity Classical Academy Female Athlete of the Year. She holds a 4.1 cumulative GPA and was a Trinity Speech Contest Finalist her junior year. Eblin has five years of service in the Grace Baptist Church Children’s Ministry as an Assistant Teacher in the four year old room, and was recently promoted to Lead teacher.
“Jordan is a freshman from Hawaii with a huge volleyball IQ, great mobility and ball control with a desire to win that fits right in the Siena tradition” stated Pierre. “We are very happy to have Jojo in our team.”
Ishida was a varsity starter for the volleyball team at Mid-Pacific Institute. The Honolulu, Hawaii native was a co-captain her senior year and led her club team Imi’lke VBC to a 16 Open Bid at PNQ. She finished second place at Hawaii Power League in 2016 and took sixth at the Hawaii Sand Prep Volleyball State Championship in 2015. At the USAV Aloha Region junior beach tournament, Ishida took first place. She was on the honor roll all four year and was a Mid-Pacific Scholar for two years.
“Antonija is a great defender, tall and athletic,” Pierre said. “She has everything it takes to succeed at Siena.”
A First Team All-American NJCAA, Ivanovic comes to Siena as a transfer from Indian Hills Community College. In 2014, she took second in the Serbian National Championship. Ivanovic was a First Team Academic All-Region in the Fall of 2015 and fall of 2016. She was a Dean’s List member in Fall 2015. The Belgrade, Serbia native played in 38 matches last season as a right side. She recorded 51 service aces for the 16th most in the NJCAA. She tallied 500 digs for 3.85 digs per set. Ivanovic helped Indian Hills go 37-5 last season and eventually fall in the NJCAA District D Championship Match.
“Dakota has great leaping ability and she is very athletic,” noted Pierre. “Dakota should bring a lot to the team.”
Jackson helped her teams qualify and medal at the USA Volleyball National Championship in 2013 (Silver) and 2014 (Gold). She was awarded the American Legion’s Award for Outstanding Students in 2013. Jackson was a two-time Academic All-District member. In 2015, she was named Honorable Mention All-Conference. This season she finished with 17 blocks while she also boasted a .368 attack percentage. The Houston, Texas native helped lead Summer Creek High School to a 30-8 overall record this past season, including an 11-3 district record.
“Katarina is very experienced and has good ball control,” said Pierre. “Katarina will help our team a great deal.”
A transfer, Nicic played one season for the Blue Dragons and one season for the Cardinals. She played for the Serbian National Championship as a member of Postar. She was a two-sport athlete at XII Beogradska Gimnazija. A Novi Sad, Serbia native, Nicic played in 23 matches at Trinity Community College. She averaged 1.52 kills per set with a .243 attack percentage. Nicic put up .32 blocks per set and .32 digs per set as she averaged 1.7 points per set. She took third place in the National competition in her junior league.
“Tyla is smart, athletic and quick,” Pierre stated. “Tyla is the type of player that everyone would like to have in a team.”
Parker has been a varsity setter for Montclair Kimberley Academy for four years. The Pompton Lakes, New Jersey native recorded 1,483 assists over her four year career, setting a school record for assists. In 2014, Parker was named to the Nonpublic Second Team and American Division Second Team. Montclair Kimberley Academy also finished the conference in second place after making it to the Prep Championship match. In 2015, Parker was named First Team All-County and Second Team All-Conference. She helped lead her team to become Prep Champions. Parker finished her career with 131 service aces, 422 digs, 55 blocks and 114 kills.
“Brooke is tall and intelligent,” Pierre said. “Brooke is a hard worker and should contribute to the team success.”
Part of the Sectional Championship team in both 2015 and 2016, Brooke Rogers hails from Newburgh, Indiana. She finished among the leaders of Indiana Class 4A in total blocks as a senior (142) and hitting percentage (.332). Rogers earned First Team All-Metro honors and was named to the First Team All-Conference in 2016. In 2015, she was a Second Team All-Metro selection. Rogers played club volleyball for Audubon Volleyball Association U18 national teams in 2016 and 2017 and helped the team to finish fifth at the 2016 U18 Mideast Qualifier in Chicago.