Zeman signs with LCSC volleyball program
Marlee Zeman, a senior at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, has signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Lewis-Clark State College women’s volleyball team next fall, Warrior assistant coach Burdette Greeny has announced.
Zeman is a 5-foot-6 defensive specialist/libero who played for coach Jim Jarrah at Torrey Pines. She helped her high school team to the co-championship of the Avocado League and qualified twice for the California Interscholastic Federation’s State Tournament her final two years, finishing second in the San Diego finals both seasons.
“We are excited Marlee is joining our program,” Greeny said. “She comes to us from a good high school and club program. Marlee has solid fundamentals with adept footwork, a very nice platform to work from, and knows where to position herself on the court. Her ball control is phenomenal because of this. Our recruiting process moved very quickly with Marlee and within a week after seeing her play in Las Vegas we talked for the first time, she visited and practiced with us, then committed to us. We really liked what she brought to our team as a person and player. As it turned out, she also has family roots in the area.”
Zeman played with the San Diego Volleyball Club Team for five years, which was coached by Kara Hanes (nee Milling), who played at UCLA and was LCSC head coach Jen Greeny’s roommate at the United State Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., when they were training for the U.S. National Team.
Zeman also earned All-CIF Academic/Athletic honors and is a UT Scholar-Athlete at Torrey Pines. She has a 3.8 GPA.
“I chose to attend Lewis -Clark because of the coaching staff and their beliefs in the five values of their program - that was something I really respected,” Zeman said. “The girls on the team had great chemistry and that was very important to me. The program is dedicated to winning a national title and working towards that is what I want. The professors at Lewis-Clark really seem to provide individual attention to their students as well. It feels really good to be noticed and appreciated. Even though I'll be moving away from my family and friends, I am ecstatic to be a part of a team that I can call my family.”
Burdette Greeny says Zeman will add much to the program.
“In our opinion, Marlee flew under the recruiting radar and she has a chance to be the best defensive player we have ever brought in here in our three years,” Burdette Greeny said. “Marlee has a calm, mature personality that is unique in someone of her age and will be an asset on the court and off. Jen and I were also very impressed by her and her family’s appreciation for everything we did. This gratitude was well noted by us and we realized we had someone that understood one of our five values – thankfulness. We think we have a good one here and are delighted Marlee chose us.”
Zeman is the daughter of Tom and Gai Zeman and she has one brother, Julian. She plans to major in Kinesiology at LCSC.
Zeman’s hobbies include surfing, snowboarding, ping pong beach tennis, dance, hot yoga, and playing with her two golden retrievers.