Marissa Verduci, a transfer from North Idaho College, has signed to compete for Lewis-Clark State College beginning in the 2013 season.
Verduci, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter from Spokane, Wash. started in 30 of North Idaho College’s 31 matches as a freshman in 2012. She helped the Cardinals to a 23-8 record and an eighth-place finish at the NJCAA Division I Tournament.
She will have three seasons of eligibility remaining with the Warriors.
Verduci hit at a .444 percentage for the Cardinals, and turned in a nine-kill, six-block performance against Western Wyoming in a preseason tournament in Salt Lake City.
The Warriors and coach LaToya Harris had a first-hand look at Verduci when North Idaho College swept LCSC in an exhibition match on Sept. 18 in Coeur d’Alene.
“I first saw Marissa when we played against NIC this past fall and was impressed with her level of intensity and how she powered through or around the block,” Harris said. “She has an extremely aggressive attack and heavy arm once she is in a rhythm.”
Harris was also impressed with how Verduci handled a position change from middle hitter to the outside.
“Making that change is difficult for some, but Marissa has used it to her advantage as she hustles to transition outside to hit and pushes herself to touch every ball on defense,” Harris said. “Her versatility is what we teach all of our players to have so that they are able to attack in each rotation at the net. With that under her belt she already will fit in perfectly with our offensive system.”
Verduci graduated from Mt. Spokane High School in 2012 and helped lead the Wildcats to three consecutive WIAA Class 3A state tournaments, where they finished fourth in Verduci’s junior and senior seasons.
She was a second-team All-Greater Spokane League selection as a senior and a team captain. Verduci graduated high school with a 3.3 grade-point average and continued that academic success to NIC, where she was an honor-roll student.
She also played four years of club volleyball with Sideout and Spokane Sky.
“The main focus for LC volleyball is to not only win on the court but to succeed in the classroom and Marisa is an example of a focused, driven student-athlete,” Harris said. “She knows how to fight to win and the team is excited to have her as a part of our family.”