MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University volleyball coach Peter Viteritti announced recently that the program has signed three incoming freshmen to National Letters of Intent. Catherine Cotton (Wylie, Texas), Emma Houlihan (Shoreham, N.Y.) and Nina McGouldrick (Richardson, Texas) will all join the Penmen program for the fall of 2012.
Cotton, a setter and libero, is currently at Wyle HS, where she was recently named the team's Most Valuable Player and was a two-year captain. As a senior she also garnered All-District honors. Cotton also plays for the highly competitive Advanced Performance Volleyball club team. An accomplished beach volleyball player, Cotton was ranked No. 1 in the 16-year old age group and is currently ranked No. 3 in the U-18 age group and earned a bid to compete in the USA Beach Volleyball Nationals in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
"Catherine is an outstanding all-around player," said Viteritti. "I'm most excited about her success on the beach. Being a former professional beach volleyball player myself, I know how hard it is to play competitively on the beach and what it brings to the indoor game. I expect her to come in and be a leader, and to play a crucial role in the future success of our program."
Houlihan, a middle hitter, totaled 684 kills her senior season at Shoreham-Wading River HS. A three-time All-Suffolk County All-Conference and All-League selection, she also earned Suffolk County MVP honors as a freshman. In 2010 she played for the Long Island team in the Empire State Games and also made the GEVA High Performance camp.
"Emma jumps well and offensively will be among the best quickly. We expect her to make an immediate impact," said Viteritti.
McGouldrick, an outside hitter, garnered All-District honors as a senior and honorable mention All-District as a junior at Richardson HS, playing in a highly-competitive area around Dallas. She is also a current club teammate of Cotton playing with Advanced Performance Volleyball.
"Nina is an excellent all-around player with excellent ball control and attacking ability. We also expect her to make an immediate impact," said Viteritti.