Strazzeri Named Volleyball Team Captain as Season Nears

The YSU volleyball team began practice on Aug. 9.
The YSU volleyball team began practice on Aug. 9.

The Youngstown State volleyball team held its first preseason practice on Tuesday, and, on Thursday, head coach Mark Hardaway announced that junior Gabriella Strazzeri has been named a team captain.

Strazzeri, a junior who is in her first year as a transfer from Iowa Western Community College, joins returns Val Jeffery and Sam Brown in sharing captainship duties.

"We always want our captains to be great examples of what we are looking for in a student-athlete involved in our program, and Gabi has those qualities," Hardaway said.

"It's very obvious when you watch Gabi in the gym that she is a competitor and holds herself to a high standard. She understands the game and has a strong work ethic. Her communication skills are solid, and she is not afraid to speak up when needed. I also know from the recruiting process that Gabi cares about her academics as well."

"We really think that Val, Sam, and Gabi will provide strong leadership for this team."

Strazzeri was among the most productive offensive players in the country in 2015 as she was named an NJCAA First-Team All-American as a sophomore. She led the country with 704 kills and 774.5 points while also ranking 15th nationally with 600 digs.

The Penguins are two weeks away from their 2016 season opener against Ball State at the IPFW Invitational.