Flory puts together nation’s No. 17 volleyball recruiting class

LSU's winningest volleyball coach, Fran Flory, announced her retirement after 24 seasons in Baton Rouge. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics.

LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory welcomed the addition of four signees to her program on Thursday.

The Tigers’ recruiting class, ranked No. 17 nationally, includes Brianna Anderson (Gainesville, Fla.), Alexis Roberson (Missouri City, Texas), Madeleine Waak (Brookshire, Texas), and Briana Zamora (League City, Texas).

“We are so excited to welcome this new group of Tigers to our family,” Flory said. “The bulk of them are going to come in and be very impactful. They have played great volleyball and won championships at the high school and national level. They have the tenacity, the fire, and the fight to not only enhance our program next year but to also carry it into the future. We are excited to get them here to Baton Rouge and on the court to pursue championships.”

Anderson is a 5-9 outside hitter and the No. 65 recruit according to Prep Volleyball. She played at Buchholz High School where she helped her team become district champions in 2019 and was the 2019 Gainesville Large School Player of the Year.

She played club volleyball for OTVA where she is a three-time AAU All-American (2016, 2018 and 2021) and was the 2017 AAU Nationals 13 Open MVP. She also won multiple national championships in club competition, including three USAV national titles (2015, 2017 and 2018), and one AAU national title (2017).

Roberson, a 6-3 middle blocker, is the No. 92 ranked recruit according to Prep Volleyball. She played at Ridge Point High School and led the team reach the 6A State Finals in 2019 and district championship in 2020. Roberson is a two-time District 20-6A selection (2019-20), a 2020 All-Vype First Team selection and was named the 2021 John Turner Outstanding Hitter. She played club for the Houston Juniors where they won first place at Nationals USA Division (2021).

Waak, a 5-10 setter, is the highest ranked recruit of the 2021 class, ranking No. 30 according to Prep Volleyball. She played at Katy High School where she was honored as a Prep Volleyball High School All-American and was twice tabbed the 19-6A Most Outstanding Setter (2019-20). She played club for the Houston Skyline and was honored as a two-time Prep Volleyball All-American (2018-19) and three-time Open Girls Junior National Championship All-Tournament Team (2018-19, 2021). Her club teams won nationals at 15 Open in 2019 and won Triple Crown in 2021.

Zamora, a 5-4 defensive specialist/libero rounds out the class. She played at Clear Creek High School and helped the team earn the 2021 District Championship title, while being named District 24-6A Co-MVP. Zamora also garnered the district’s co-MVP award in 2020.

Zamora also played club with the Houston Skyline and was listed on the Prep Volleyball 2022 Watchlist, Phenom List, and was the AVCA Best and Brightest First Team selection.

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