Denver Volleyball Signs Two to 2018 Signing Class
The class features a Colorado native and a player from the Lone Star State
Nov. 9, 2017
DENVER— University of Denver’s head volleyball coach Tom Hogan has announced the signing of two student-athletes, Mara Abernethy and Graceyn Tippens, to continue their academic and athletic careers beginning in 2018.
Abernethy, a middle blocker from Colorado Springs, compiled an impressive resume at Coronado High School, where she led the Cougars as a captain her senior year. Abernethy won numerous awards throughout high school, including honorable mention all-league in 2015, first-team academic all-state, Colorado Springs Gazette second team all-region, all-state honorable mention, Colorado Springs Metro League First Team All-League and Colorado Springs Metro League MVP in 2016, and was named the XTRA Sports 1300 Athlete of the Week this season. From 2014-16, she had 541 kills, 197 blocks, and posted a .299, .250 and .393 attack percentage, respectively. In 2016, she led or was in the top five of the state for hitting percentage for the majority of the season.
“Mara has an impressively high volleyball IQ and knowledge of the game, paired with an athleticism that brings her well above 10 feet,” Hogan said. “She has excelled while competing at the highest level of club volleyball on one of the nation’s top teams, which will allow her to seamlessly transition to the collegiate level and make an immediate impact. On top of being a volleyball player with great potential, Mara is a fantastic student in the classroom and will find success at DU both on and off the court.”
Away from the court, Abernethy was a co-editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, a National Honor Society member, a LINK freshmen mentor, part of the Local Politics Club and the International Awareness Club, and has volunteered with countless organizations throughout the community, such as Friends of D11 and Compassion International. She also volunteers as a volleyball coach. Born in Albuquerque, N. M., the 6-foot-2 incoming freshman intends to major in international studies and possibly economics at DU, with the goal of one day earning a law degree. Her parents are Kristin and Doug and she has two siblings, Grace and Ian.
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