July 21, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB sand volleyball head coach Bailey Coleman announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent on Monday.
The Blazers will add Avei Logoleo and Anna Messisco for the 2015 season. Logoleo becomes the first sand volleyball-only recruit for UAB, while Messisco is the first prep players from North Carolina to be recruited as a sand-only prospect.
Logoleo hails from Nashville, Tenn., where she attended Hume-Fogg High School. A four-year varsity player, Logoleo accumulated numerous honors during her high school career.
A two-time district MVP in volleyball, she earned tournament MVP titles as a junior and senior. She was named second-team all-district as a freshman and sophomore and was named to the all-region team and second-team all-mid-state in her senior season.
“Avei is our first sand-only recruit here at UAB and we are so excited to have her,” said Coleman. “What intrigued us about Avei was her athleticism, work ethic and versatility. She has played almost every position on the court so she has a lot of potential to be a great offensive player as well as defensive.”
Messisco, a native of Concord, N.C., enters UAB after a successful career in high school where she earned all-conference honors each of her four years. The two-time conference MVP was named to the Carolina Region All-Tournament team and tournament MVP as a sophomore and junior.
She also earned the Beach Dig Coach’s Award for sand volleyball and partnered with sister Emily Messisco to earn Carolina Region Sand Doubles Team of the Year as a sophomore. During her junior season, Messisco was named to the NCHE State All-Tournament team and qualified for and competed in the West Coast Junior Olympic Games where she was trained by Misty May-Treanor.
“Anna comes to us as being the first sand only recruited player to commit in the state of North Carolina,” Coleman remarked. “She has had extensive sand training, which we need to build our program. Her ceiling is very high and looking forward to tapping into it. Her character and heart will bring a lot to mold our program into what we represent here at UAB.”