DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- One trip to Mercy College was all womens volleyball coach Alan Clements needed to see of Brenna White.Brenna was a teammate of a girl I was recruiting, who ended up going Division I, Clements said. I was recruiting Brenna also. When she came for a visit and worked out with the team, I knew right away she was going to help us, but had no idea she would be as good as she has been. Brenna was a total player.White, from Gardnerville, Nev., was recently named the East Coast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week. White led Mercy to a pair of conference wins last week. She had 22 kills and 20 digs in a five-set win over C.W. Post and 24 kills and 20 digs against Queens College.White leads the ECC with 356 kills and also has 196 digs.Once White committed to Mercy, she would make an impact in preseason.Brenna dominated scrimmages, Clements said. Other coaches were in awe of what she was doing.White immediately gave Mercy another imposing presence at the net, along with Nicolette Gebhardt. Whites emergence has led to added respect by the opposition.Brenna has brought a great deal of attention to herself with her play, Clements said. She is often double- and triple-blocked, at times. Despite this, Brenna continues to play well and does whatever is asked of her.This is evident with her digs. Each team has its own libero, or defensive specialist, who plays the back row and accumulates digs at high numbers. White gives Mercy a combination of a powerful hitter at the net and an added defensive presence in the back row.White has shown poise beyond her years. This has led to her outstanding freshman year.Brennas athletic ability has her playing above her age, Clements said. Brenna is so effective at the net because she has a great vertical leap and a powerful arm swing. We are working on her tipping as everyone has to respect her hitting. Learning to be a great tipper will only cause more problems for the opposing teams defense.
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