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NOVA Athletics announces first signing class

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) women’s volleyball coach Marcus Robinson will ink the inaugural signing of four-student athletes to letters of intent to play for one of the nation’s newest intercollegiate athletic programs. This group represents NOVA’s first-ever signing class as new National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) members. The event will take place on Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. in the CG Building’s Provost Conference Room (202-C) at the Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike.

“This is an excellent recruiting class coming in that will provide us some strong net play and gives us a very big presence,” said Robinson. “They are all pretty versatile and that will give us good opportunities to be flexible which will make us even more competitive.”

Taylor Laksbergs (Alexandria, Va.) brings three years varsity experience to NOVA out of Edison High School. As a freshman, she was selected the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the junior varsity program. Laksbergs, a 5-foot-9 setter, earned a starting role as a sophomore and junior while earning the coaches award both seasons. As a senior, she was also the starting setter, co-captain, named the team MVP, and received second team National District awards. She was her volleyball club co-captain as well.

Ashley McMahon (Herndon, Va.) has been a two-year starter as a junior and senior on the Westfield High School varsity team. As a co-captain, the 5-foot-8 outside hitter led her team to the regional tournament in 2011. She played in 140 matches with career stats of 120 kills, 18 aces, 175 digs and 31 solo blocks.

Chelsea Dudley (Millsboro, Va.) brings three years of varsity experience to the NOVA squad and a state championship. As a senior, she helped lead Bath County to the Virginia Group A, Division I state title with a 26-4 record. In her final season, the 5-foot-9 middle hitter had 112 kills and 32 blocks and earned all-district recognition. As a sophomore, she earned Bath County High School’s Heart Award and was the team’s most improved blocker for the 2009 state runners-up. In all, Bath County advanced to three straight Group A, Division I state tournament appearances with Dudley.

Moriah Ryans (Ashburn, Va.), a 5-foot-11 middle and outside hitter, competed for the XCVB volleyball club. She attended Briar Woods High School.

NOVA’s Volleyball Team will compete in the D-II level of the NJCAA.

Northern Virginia Community College has competed as an independent club level for the past three seasons. In the 2012-13 season NOVA is joining the NJCAA as full members and eligible to compete for regional and national championships and other academic and athletic awards.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.