University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball and head coach Travis Filar officially announce the additions of right-side/outside hitter Coniah Davis and outside hitter MacKenzie Saitta to the program for the 2019 season after receiving their NLI paperwork during National Signing Day back on November 14.
Both signees of the recruiting class come from outside the state of Tennessee with Davis arriving from Glen Allen, Va., and Saitta from Elkhorn, Neb. Filar and staff are excited for what each will bring to the program from numerous standpoints.
"Anytime we can add individuals who are great student-athletes and even better teammates and people to our program, it is an exciting moment for Chattanooga Volleyball," said Filar.
"In my time here this will be our smallest class, but really addresses the needs we have moving forward and trying to take the next step as a program.
With the addition of Coniah and MacKenzie, the level of overall athleticism and volleyball skill increases significantly, as both individuals have not come close to reaching their full potential, and I know they will work extremely hard to do just that during their careers here at Chattanooga and we could not be more thrilled to welcome them here in August."
Coniah Davis will graduate from Glen Allen High School (VA) in the spring where she was a four-year standout for the Jaguars and helped her teams to a combined 55-28 record during that span. She earned First Team All-Region and Team MVP honors this past season, a year after earning Second Team All-Conference and AVCA Phenom List selections as a junior.
Davis played her club volleyball in Virginia with the well-renowned Richmond Volleyball Club (RVC). She earned her spot in PrepVolleyball.com's rare and prestigious '10-foot club' after notching an approach jump height of 10'6''. A 'magic number' of sorts in the sport of volleyball, the club consists of prep volleyball players across the country who can jump and touch, or surpass, a basketball rim. Davis' jump number currently sits as the third highest in the country for class of 2019 recruits.
MacKenzie Saitta will graduate from Elkhorn South High School (NE) in the spring after a stellar three-year career. Saitta helped the Storm to a 75-37 record and racked up 593 kills over the last three seasons. She finished with 211 kills in 2018 while the team concluded the year with a 31-9 overall record and a final ranking of 58 in PrepVolleyball.com's Top 250 National HS Rankings.
In a heavily talented volleyball state, Saitta played out of the Nebraska Elite Club, the No. 1 volleyball club in Nebraska as selected by Triple Crown Sports. Over the last ten years, no other club in the state has qualified for more USA National berths. This year alone, the club produced 15 NCAA DI signees while totaling 47 since 2012.