ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio volleyball program has added outside hitter Ila Angermeier (Kirtland, Ohio), outside hitter Lauren Park (Millersburg, Ohio), setter Kyra Slavik (Saint Charles, Ill.) and defensive specialist/setter Emily Walsh (Allen, Texas) as part of its 2018 recruiting class, fifth-year head coach Deane Webb announced on Friday (Jan. 12).
"We're excited about this class and what they can accomplish here at Ohio," said Webb. "We had several young players experience success on the court this last season, with three underclassmen earning first team all-conference honors. If both our returning young players and our incoming players work at the highest level, then our future will be incredibly bright."
A three-year starter at Lake Catholic High School, Angermeier served as a senior team captain for the nationally ranked Cougars in 2017, helping to lead the squad to a second-straight Ohio High School Athletic Association Final Four berth after an undefeated regular season. She was a Second Team All-Ohio selection and earned both First Team Division II and First Team North Coast League honors for the third year in a row in 2017. She set the Lake Catholic record for most kills in a both a three-set and five-set match and was named the Cougars' most valuable player in 2017. A 6-foot outside hitter, Angermeier also competed at the club level for Academy Volleyball Cleveland under coaches Paul Schiffer and Meredith Gromala. Born Nov. 8, 1999, Angermeier is the daughter of Joann and Kenneth Angermeier and has five brothers, Weston, Mason, Corbon, Griffon and Kennon.
"Ila has experienced success throughout her high school career, and that winning mindset will be important as she moves forward in her career," said Webb. "As she works to get more physical, she will find success as an attacker at the collegiate level to complement her all-around play."
A four-year letterwinner at West Holmes High School, Park compiled the eighth-most kills in Ohio High School Athletic Association history with 1,634 over her four-year career under head coach Savannah Moore. She garnered First Team All-Ohio honors as both a senior in 2017 and a junior in '16 after earning Second Team honors in '15. Park earned First Team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference honors all four years as a member of the Knights and was named conference offensive player of the year in both 2016 and '17. She was also named District Player of the Year in 2016 and '17 and earned First Team All-District recognition each of her final three high school seasons after being named a Second Team selection as a freshman in '14. She owns the West Holmes single-match record with 43 kills and single season record with 492, both set as a junior in 2016. A 6-foot-1-inch outside hitter, Park also competed at the club level for Ohio Xtreme (2012-14), NOVA Juniors (2014-17) and Cleveland Volleyball Company (2017-18) under coaches Troy Dixon and Brian Collins. Born March 22, 2000, Park is the daughter of Lynda and Jim Park and has a sister, Cara.
"Lauren has the best arm of anyone we've recruited in the last four years," said Webb. "If she continues working on her all-around play and jump, she will be a college-ready outside hitter when she arrives. We've seen her find success attacking at each pin, and I believe she'll be able to offer that flexibility to our team moving forward."
A three-year letterwinner at Saint Charles East High School, Slavik was named to the Under Armour Players to Watch List as both a junior in 2016 and a senior in '17 under coaches Jennifer Kull and Mark Wallin. She was an All-Illinois selection in 2017 after changing from setter to right side hitter due to team injuries, leading the Fighting Saints to their first regional win since '14 and an appearance in the sectional finals as team captain. She earned all-area honors in both '16 and '17 and was named to the Scholastic Cup All-Tournament Team in '17 after being named to the Hinsdale Central Classic All-Tournament Team as a sophomore in '15. A 5-foot-10-inch setter, Slavik also competed at the club level for Sports Performance Volleyball Club for seven years under coaches Anne Netisingha, Troy Gilb, Dan Dierking, Rick Butler and Jose Lopez. She was named to PrepVolleyball.com's 16 Open Star Search List and the 2016 JVA World Challenge 15 Open Dream Team. Born Sept. 23, 1999, Slavik is the daughter of Laurie and Ryan Slavik and has a sister, Mckenna, and a brother, Bayden.
"Kyra has trained and competed at the highest level throughout her club years, and that level of experience should translate quickly to the college game," said Webb. "Her work ethic, leadership, and drive to be successful will be important not just to her, but our entire program."
A four-year letterwinner at Allen High School, Walsh earned Honorable Mention All-District 6-6A honors under head coach Kelley Gregoriew as both a junior in 2016 and a senior in '17. She represented the Eagles well in the classroom as well, garnering Academic All-State in honors in 2017 and earning Academic All-District 6-6A laurels all four years of high school. The Eagles went 133-33 in her four seasons and earned a District 6-6A title in her 2016 junior campaign. A 5-foot-4-inch defensive specialist/setter, Walsh also competed at the club level for Madfrog Volleyball for seven years and Skyline Juniors Volleyball for three years. Her club squads qualified for the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship from 2012-17. Born Oct. 19, 1999, Walsh is the daughter of Sara and Patrick Walsh and has a sister, Hannah.
"Emily brings a great deal of versatility to our program, as she spent the majority of her years as a setter before moving to defensive specialist in club for the last couple of years," said Webb. "Her energy when playing is incredible, and I'm looking forward to having her in our gym and helping her continue to grow."
The Bobcats went 17-15 in 2017 -- including a 10-6 mark in Mid-American Conference play. Oho earned the No. 4 seed in the 2017 MAC Championship and a bye to the tournament quarterfinals. Ohio topped Eastern Michigan, 3-1, to advance to the league tournament semifinals for the 16th year in a row.