Schindler inks four standouts on early signing day


STEPHENVILLE – Even while the Texans are finding success on the court, the Tarleton Volleyball coaching staff has finalized its early signing class with the addition of four standout prep stars – Joselyn Roberson, Megan Hodges, Breanna McDonough, and Emma Burke.

“I am thrilled to start our 2022 class and look forward to watching them grow and make an impact on campus,” said head coach Mary Schindler. “These student-athletes will provide a winning mentality, athleticism and depth to our roster. Athletically, this group makes us faster, more dynamic and provides solid ball control. They are also going to be great people who will be tremendous ambassadors for our program and Tarleton State University.”

The four newest members of Texan Nation are as follows:

Joselyn Roberson • OH • Kyle, TX (San Marcos HS)

A four-year letterwinner in volleyball, Josleyn Roberson comes to Tarleton with an impressive resumé between Hays HS and her senior season at San Marcos HS. Roberson is an all-district first team selection and was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Phenom Watch List. She had landed over 1,000 kills in her high school career.

“Joselyn is a six-rotation kid who has really focused on her passing and ball control,” said Schindler. “She has had a great high school career and we’re excited to see her compete for the purple and white.”

In addition to her success at San Marcos HS, Roberson has been a star in the club circuit with seven years as part of the Austin Juniors program.

Megan Hodges • S • Celina, TX (Celina HS)

A floor general from Celina, Megan Hodges is the lone setter to sign in the early period. Hodges lettered four years on varsity and was a two-time team captain while leading her team to three consecutive district championships.

Hodges burst on the scene as a freshman in 2018 and was an all-district first team selection, which proved to be just the start of the athletic accomplishments. She went on to be named the 2019 District Setter of the Year, 2020 District MVP, two-time All-State honoree, and recognized on the 2021 AVCA All-America Watch List. She has also shined academically as a multi-academic all-district selection, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honors Society).

She has racked up over 2,000 assists, 1,200 digs, 900 kills, and 260 aces in her career at Celina while leading her team to a top-5 state ranking and a school-record appearance in the regional finals.

“We’re thrilled about Megan Hodges,” said Schindler. “She is a setter with great hands that will lead the offense and can really give us a boost on the defensive side of the net.”

Hodges also played seven combined seasons of club volleyball for Dallas Skyline Juniors and Madfrog Volleyball.

Breanna McDonough • RS • Tampa, FL (Berkeley Prepatory School)

From the Sunshine State to the Lone Star State, Breanna McDonough comes to Tarleton after a stellar career at the nationally ranked Berkeley Prepatory School.

McDonough’s team is 23-4 this season and ranked No. 3 in the nation. As a leader in the middle, McDonough was named MVP as early as her sophomore season and never looked back. She has since been named AVCA All-American, a member of the AVCA Phenom List, and was recognized among AVCA’s ‘Best and Brightest’.

“Bre is a great competitor who is going to be a huge asset for us on the right side and in the middle,” said Schindler. “She is absolutely amazing scoring the ball of one foot.”

Emma Burke • MB • Godley, TX (Godley HS)

The final member of the early signing class is a middle blocker from nearby Godley, Emma Burke.

Burke is a three-year standout and a two-time team captain for Godley and was a dual-sport athlete on the basketball court, as well. In her volleyball career, she took the district by storm in 2019 as the Johnson County Co-Newcomer and District Newcomer of the Year. She’s been named to multiple all-district teams and is a four-time academic all-district selection.

Over the last two seasons, she has accounted for over 500 kills and nearly 200 blocks with over 100 service aces. She was the 2020 District Server of the Year with 62 aces as a junior.

“Emma is so quick laterally and gets off the net in transition really well,” said Schindler. “This entire class is full of competitors who will fit our program and add to our strong culture.”

Burke has also played three seasons of select for Club Texas Volleyball.

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