Volleyball - Wed, Jul. 21, 2010
The Georgetown College volleyball team has announced that Caraline Maher has become their third signee in the recruiting class of 2011. The 6-foot-0 middle blocker is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a senior at Oak Hills High School.
Maher will join high school teammate Rachel Eubanks to give the Tigers two dynamic frontcourt weapons for the future. Like Eubanks, Maher has been a varsity starter at Oak Hills since her freshman year, leading the Highlanders to a Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Championship in 2007 and a runner-up finish in 2009. Maher completed the 2009 season among the team leaders in kills (137), hitting efficiency (.244) and blocks per game (0.97). Her 0.97 blocking average also ranked among the league leaders in the GMC.
Along with her team's success, Maher has received numerous athletic and academic honors. Her accolades include being named all-conference and a Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star in 2009. She was also nominated for the Highlander Coaches Award in both 2008 and 2009. During the 2010 spring semester, Maher became the first volleyball player at Oak Hills to be nominated for the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Leadership Award.
"Caraline is a perfect fit for Georgetown both academically and athletically" GC coach Nick Griffin said. "We've been fortunate to have some tremendously talented middle blockers in our program, and Caraline will be another exciting player to watch. She jumps very well, has great lateral speed and runs one of the best slides I've seen in recent years. Her athleticism should allow her to thrive in our offensive and defensive systems."
Maher also brings six years of high-level club experience to Georgetown, four of those seasons with the Cincy Classics Volleyball Club. Her teams had two Top 10 finishes at the JVDA National Championships in 2007 and 2009, while her 17-Red team won the Red Division at the 2010 AAU National Championships. The 2010 club season also saw Classics win the OVR Regional Championship, place second at the MAVA Pre-National Invitational and finish sixth at the JVA Mideast Power League.
When asked why she chose Georgetown over a number of D1 programs, Caraline replied, "I like the small town feel of campus, and the family atmosphere of the team, coaches, and faculty. Georgetown is close to my home in Cincinnati, but just far enough away. I also really respect Coach Griffin and their strong competitive volleyball program. They have an incredible history and tradition, and I want to be a part of that!"
Caraline, seen signing above, is considering a degree in either biology, zoology or pre-law. Her parents are Tracy & Tammy Maher.