The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

June 13, 2013

University volleyball squad announces sixth signing

Herald-Banner Staff

COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce head volleyball coach Craig Case recently announced the signing of Li’i Etimani, who will join the Lion volleyball program this fall. Etimani brings the total number of incoming signees to six as A&M-Commerce continues to add depth to an already talented roster.

Etimani is a 5-8 setter from Richardson who was a key member of perennial powerhouse Bishop Lynch High School. As the starting setter, she helped lead the Lady Friars to the 2012 5A TAPPS state championship after state runner-up showings in 2009 and 2010. Etimani is a three-time all-state and all-district selection, and has captured three-straight district Setter of the Year honors.

“Li’i will provide us great depth at the setter position,” Case said. “She has the ability and experience to run an offense and be a court leader. Coming from such a rich competitive volleyball background, we look for her to have an immediate impact on our program. I’m excited for her to learn from Jordan (Neal) and help give us one of the deepest setter positions in the conference.”

With the addition of Etimani, Case will now have six freshmen taking to the court once summer practices get underway. Etimani will team up with fellow freshman Emily Schaffer at the setter position, with Neka Nelson adding depth to the outside hitters and Delanee Clark, Taryn Driver and Lindsey Wheeler shoring up the Lion middle blockers.

The 2013 A&M-Commerce volleyball schedule gets underway at the Henderson State tournament in Arkadelphia, Ark., on Sept. 6, leading up to the Lions’ first home match against Dallas Baptist on Sept. 10. The Lions have 11 home matches at the Field House this fall as ticketing and promotional information will be released later this summer.