Charlotte volleyball added one more player to the roster for the 2012 season this fall, signing outside hitter Sarah McDonald to the program. The 6-1 McDonald hails from Snoqualmie, Wash., more than 2,800 miles away from Charlotte and will become the player farthest from home when she arrives in August.
"Our staff worked extremely hard to fill our last spot for 2012 and we are very fortunate to be adding someone like Sarah during the late signing period," said Charlotte head coach Chris Redding. "Not only does Sarah add depth to our outside hitter position, I feel we are adding someone who loves the game and will work relentlessly to be successful. One of the best things while going through the recruiting process with Sarah was the fact that the moment she stepped on campus, she wanted to be a 49er!"
A member of the Mount Si High School Wildcats, which finished sixth in the state of Washington each of the last three seasons after league titles in all three seasons. The team put together 19-win seasons in 2009 and 2010 before a 23-7 season last fall. She was the King-co MVP and earned the State All-Tournament Team. She also plays her club ball with the Kent Juniors Volleyball Club.
Coming from an athletic family, her mother Renee played soccer and her father Thomas played basketball, both at Seattle University.
She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
McDonald completes a five-member signing class, with Mireya Braxton, Britney Leigh Held, Michelle Hovey and Carly Ochs the other four signees. The 49ers won seven of their last nine matches to rally into a tie for sixth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2011, ending with a 13-14 record. The team leaders in kills, digs and blocks all return to the squad for next season.