Carroll College head volleyball coach Moe Boyle announced Wednesday, the signings of two incoming freshman student-athletes, Catherine Sloan and Mallory Arbizzani, both from Billings, Mont.
Sloan, a 5-foot-5 defensive specialist from Billings Senior High School and Arbizzani, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker from Billings Skyview High School will both join the Fighting Saints in the fall.
At Billings Senior, Sloan was a member of back-to-back AA State Championship teams in 2012-13.She was named 2nd team All-State as a senior libero and was named the team’s defensive MVP in 2013 to go along with 1st team All-Conference recognition during her senior season.
“Catherine comes from a high-quality program.She is a great defensive specialist and has a winning attitude and a competitive spirit, which will help her compete for time right away,” Boyle said.
Sloan, had 41 career aces and 542 digs at Billings Senior playing for coach Jeff Carroll, but her most notable stat might be as a high-achiever in the classroom with a 4.0 gpa and status as class valedictorian.She plans to study nursing while at Carroll.
“We are always striving to find quality student-athletes in the truest sense and Catherine and Mallory are prime examples of what we look for,” Boyle added.
Arbizzani, who’s Skyview team was runner-up to Billings Senior this past year, was voted Most Improved Player on her team and was Honorable Mention All-Conference as a senior.
“Mallory has serious potential, she is a great athlete and possesses great height.We think that her best Volleyball is ahead of her,” Boyle said.
Arbizzani, also is a strong student as she has maintained a 3.58 gpa and is a member of National Honor Society.
With frontline stalwarts Elle Graff and Karla Hellegaard departing, Arbizzani and fellow freshman Marija Nicksic will have opportunities to help fill the shoes of the departing seniors.
Carroll College finished fifth in the Frontier Conference this past season with a 9-7 conference record.