PALATINE, Ill. – The Harper volleyball program added another player to its already strong recruiting class, recently signing Daniele Sortino.
Sortino, a 5-foot-11 middle hitter, comes from a Conant High School program coached by Illinois Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame coach Peggy Scholten, who retired this past year after having coached at Conant for 38 years.
She played varsity for two seasons and was on a Cougars team that took second in the MSL. Additionally, she earned the team's Most Improved Player award.
"Daniele is a very strong and versatile hitter," said Harper head coach Bob Vilsoet, who has coached Sortino on his Sky High Volleyball Club team. "Her primary position is middle hitter, but she can play outside hitter and be a primary passer. Plus, she has a very effective serve and plays good defense."
Sortino is planning on majoring in nutrition and looks forward to the Harper experience ahead of her.
"I'm looking forward to improving as a volleyball player and as a student. I'm excited to make new friendships as well," she said.
Her mother, Cindy Sortino, is anxious for her daughter to start at Harper.
"She'll be able to do what she loves and still focus on school," she said. "Academically and financially it's also a good start for her. We are all excited to come watch her play."