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HHS' Evans tops Herd recruits

Nov. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University women's basketball head coach Matt Daniel announced the signing of five recruits, including Kiana Evans from Huntington High.

Evans is a 6-foot-1 senior guard at Huntington High who averaged 20.5 points per game in a Class AAA all-state and All-Mountain State Athletic Conference junior season. She plays AAU basketball for the D1 Greyhounds.

"Kiana has a ceiling that has no limits," Daniel said. "She is a long guard that is athletic and whose best basketball is still ahead of her. I'm excited to watch her mature and grow into the player that I think she can become."

Marshall recruit McKenzie Akers is a 5-5 guard from Princeton, W.Va., and also plays for the D1 Greyhounds. She was the runner-up for West Virginia Player of the Year as a junior who averaged 20.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 3.3 steals a game.

Chelsy Romero, a 6-3 forward and center from Hampton, Va., also signed. The Kecoughtan High School senior was a preseason nominee for Peninsula District Player of the Year. Last season she averaged 12.5 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Thundering Herd recruits Maya Singleton and Jonelle Britt are teammates at Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Singleton, a 6-1 forward, is ranked as the No. 38 power forward prospect by Scout.com. She put up 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.5 assists last season.

Britt is a 6-2 forward and center listed as a three-star prospect by ESPN Hoopgurlz. As a junior she averaged 21 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

SWIMMING

HUNTINGTON -- Bill Tramel's first recruit as the Marshall women's swimming and diving head coach is Mikaya Reynolds from Tennessee.

Reynolds is from Hixson, Tenn., and attends Baylor School in Chattanooga where the swim team has won three of the last four national championships. Her best times are 2:07.67 in the 200-yard individual medley, 1:06.51 in the 100-yard breaststroke, and 2:28.48 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

"Her times in two events she swam last season as a high school junior would have scored at the 2012 Conference USA Championships," Tramel said.

MEN'S SOCCER

HUNTINGTON -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized Marshall with a Team Academic Award.

The Thundering Herd was one of 221 men's teams in the nation with a 3.0 GPA or better in the 2011-12 academic year.

VOLLEYBALL

HUNTINGTON -- Sammie Bane and Laura Der from Marshall volleyball were named to the C-USA All-Academic Team.

The All-Academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative GPA or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team.

"To have two players that play at a very high level realize and make academics their number one priority shows how focused these two really are when it comes to being a student-athlete," Marshall coach Mitch Jacobs said.

Bane is a sophomore. Der is a junior.

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