Texas volleyball receives three highly-ranked recruits from class of 2025

With Texas volleyball claiming their 2022 Nationwide Championship title final fall, all eyes are on the newcomers as big-name veterans like Logan Eggleston graduated after the victorious season. 

Whereas Texas added new names to the roster within the spring resulting from its inaugural sand volleyball season, it additionally not too long ago added three commits to the long run indoor volleyball roster.

Callie Krueger, Abby Vander Wal and Addison Gaido from the highschool class of 2025 all dedicated to Texas over the summer season. 

Coming from Cedar Park, Texas, and a Cedar Park Excessive College attendee, Krueger received’t journey far to the Forty Acres. She not too long ago completed her sophomore season with 1.1 assists per set, 48 serving aces and 474 digs out of 129 units performed. She is at present ranked the No. 1 libero for the category of 2025 and 18th general by Prepdig. Along with dominating the volleyball court docket, Krueger additionally performs varsity soccer. 

Vander Wal at present attends Timothy Christian Excessive College in Illinois. In her final season, she totaled 31 blocks, 52 serving aces, 272 digs and 440 kills. She’s at present ranked seventieth within the nation for her .441 hitting share and prime 5 within the nation by Prep Volleyball and third by Prepdig for the category of 2025 participant rankings.

Gaido attends highschool in Georgetown, Texas. In her most up-to-date season, she ranked 87th within the nation for her .324 hitting share and had 427 kills, 68 blocks and 15 aces out of 124 units performed. Gaido is at present ranked the quantity two reverse and thirty third general for the category of 2025.

In June, every commit posted an image on their social media with a Texas shirt, a “Hook’ Em” gesture and a short assertion about their future as a Texas volleyball participant.

“I’m so grateful for the chance to play volleyball on the College of Texas. Large thanks to Coach Jerritt, Coach Erik, Coach David, and Coach CJ. Particular thanks to my Skyline and Georgetown household for shaping me into the participant and individual I’m at the moment! Hook ‘em,” Gaido mentioned in her June 29 tweet, which Texas volleyball later retweeted. 

With these three athletes nonetheless two years away from coming to Austin, followers shall be desperate to see in the event that they preserve their present standing and success.  

Texas seaside volleyball welcomes Stein Metzger as head coach

In August 2022, Texas introduced that seaside volleyball would change into its twenty first intercollegiate sport. With their first on-the-sand season this previous spring on the Division 1 stage and a report of 1-12, the Longhorns realized that a necessary side of their success was lacking — a long-term head coach.

“Volleyball is essential at Texas,” Texas volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott mentioned. “The aim was to search out the most effective coach that had a confirmed report of constructing a seaside volleyball program right into a Nationwide Champion. I stay up for seeing all of our indoor volleyball followers totally assist our Texas Seashore program on their path to being the most effective within the nation.”

On Might 16, Texas introduced that former two-time UCLA NCAA Champion head coach Stein Metzger would be part of the Longhorns on the Forty Acres as head coach of their newly inducted sport.

“We’re completely thrilled that Coach Metzger shall be becoming a member of our illustrious group of elite coaches right here at Texas,” Texas Athletics Director Chris Del Conte mentioned. “He constructed a Seashore program from the bottom up at UCLA, has had extraordinary success, gained many championships in brief order and is so extremely revered in his sport. Like Coach Elliott’s indoor program, we all know Coach Metzger will construct our seaside program right into a power to be reckoned with.”

Over the previous 11 seasons, Metzger spent his time with the Bruins and led UCLA to 2 back-to-back victorious nationwide championship seasons in 2018 and 2019. Most lately, the Bruins reached the championship sport however fell quick, ending the yr with a 40-4 report.

Earlier than changing into a head coach for the Bruins, Metzger performed for UCLA as an indoor volleyball student-athlete. Whereas in school, he was part of three nationwide championship rosters. Metzger was later inducted into the UCLA Corridor of Fame for his accomplishments. Now, Metzger is able to add the top coach of the Texas seaside volleyball program to his checklist of achievements.

“I’m excited by the distinctive alternative to guide Texas Athletics’ latest sport,” Metzger mentioned. “The Longhorns volleyball fanbase is second to none, and I’m decided to assist create a aggressive seaside volleyball program that’s worthy of their ardour. I got here to Texas as a result of I do know our student-athletes could have the assist and sources to realize their objectives.”