Women’s volleyball | April 25, 2022
LOS ANGELES- USC women’s volleyball team to add opposite hitter Madison Pietsch (San Carlos, CA/Saint Francis HS), outside hitter/defensive specialist Dani Thomas Nathan (Burbank, Calif./La Salle HS), and Libero/Defensive Specialist Megan Verbiest (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Marymount HS) at his 2022 Head Coach Brad Keller announced Monday, April 25.
A 6-2 opposite hitter from Rage Westside Volleyball Club, Pietsch was named to the 2021 AVCA All-America Watch List and was an UnderArmour All-America nominee. She was also invited to the USAV National Team Development Program and was a two-time All-West Catholic League first-team pick. Pietsch was named to the PrepVolleyball Sophomore 79 selection and was named to the 2022 Class Watch List and the 2020 AVCA Phenom List. State. She is a two-time Saint Francis HS Scholar-Athlete Award winner and a three-time honor roll student.
“We are thrilled to welcome Madison to our program,” Keller said. “She’s an explosive left-handed opposite hitter who can play the whole game, can finish at will, and she’s the type of competitor that gives us a different angle on the court. Along with her skill and heavy arm, his personality, drive and positive energy are coveted traits in any student-athlete and especially valuable to us as we continue to build this program.”
Thomas-Nathan is a 6-0 outside hitter and defensive specialist who played for the Sunshine Volleyball Club. She helped her club win the Open 17 title of the 2021 Women’s National Junior Championship and was named to the All-Tournament Squad. Thomas-Nathan was a 2021 UnderArmour All-America nominee and was nominated for the 2020 AVCA Phenom List, Ultra Ankle JVA List, and was a Triple Crown Silver Medalist. At first, she was part of the USAV A1 training program and won several gold medals with her clubs. As a senior, Thomas-Nathan was named one of the CIF’s Top 25 Players and was chosen as the Del Rey League MVP and was commended for the CIF South Section team.
“We are thrilled to have Dani join the Trojan family,” Keller said. “She brings so much on the table and off the court. Dani has such a positive and infectious attitude and a drive that matches the culture and dynamics of our team. She’s a talented hitter with one of the best arms and platforms of this class, and we expect it to come to campus and have an immediate impact on our curriculum.”
A 5-6 libero and defensive specialist, Verbiest played for the Sunshine Volleyball Club and was named MaxPreps and PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American. She helped Marymount HS achieve the #1 national ranking and was instrumental in helping Sailors win the National Championship and the California State Championship. Along with Verbiest, Marymount was chosen as the National High School Team of the Year by Volleyball Magazine in 2021.
“We are so lucky to be able to bring a student-athlete like Megan to USC,” Keller said. “She has such a relentless passion, drive and work ethic. On the court she has one of the best platforms in the game and comes into the sport with such an attitude. Megan is exactly what we are looking for in future Trojans. I think she is set to have a huge impact on our program on and off the pitch.”
Last year, the Women of Troy (15-15, 10-10 Pac-12) finished in seventh place in the final Pac-12 standings. Under second-year head coach Brad Kellerthe Trojans have signed the nation’s highest-ranked incoming rookie class according to PrepVolleyball.comwhich includes Adonia Faumuina (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly HS), Jordan Middleton (Phoenix, Arizona/Hamilton HS), Gala Trubint (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) and Rylie McGinest (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly HS).
For more information on the USC women’s volleyball team and a complete schedule and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/WVB. Women of Troy fans can follow @USCWomensVolley on Twitter and Instagram.