December 18, 2018 - by
Niles Adds Five to 2019-20 Roster

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State beach volleyball head coach Brooke Niles added five talented players to the team for the 2019-20 season, as Keara Rutz, Maddie Anderson, Alex Hilton, Erin Murphy and Liz Waters-Leiga all committed to Florida State this fall.

“Overall this is the best recruiting class that we have had at FSU,” Niles said. “There’s a lot of size and skill in the 2019 class, and these players are all going to be competing immediately for starting spots. Maddie Anderson is the top recruit in her class and we are excited for her and her classmates to contribute to our team.”

 

 

Niles Adds Five to 2019-20 Roster

Keara Rutz
5’10” | San Juan Capistrano, Calif. | Capistrano Valley Christian School

Accomplishments

  • Best pro tour finish: 29th (twice: 2017 AVP Huntington Beach and 2018 AVP Seattle)
  • Advanced through the second qualifying round of the AVP Hermosa Beach with partner Charlie Ekstrom (2018)
  • Finished 33rd at the AVP Hermosa Beach with Jayelin Lombard (2017)
  • Came in 6th place in the Girls 18U division of the USAV Beach HP World Trials (2017)
  • Orange County Register Athlete of the Week (9/18/17)
  • Won the Volley America Junior National Championships with partner Shannon Murphy (8/6/16)
  • Came in third place at the GNBV Seaside Heights, New Jersey event with Shannon Murphy (8/4/16)
  • Indoor volleyball
    • 3x MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week
    • Capistrano Valley Christian Volleyball Player of the Year (2017)

 

 

Niles Adds Five to 2019-20 Roster

Madelyne Anderson
6’1” | Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. | Palm Beach Gardens High School

Accomplishments

  • Won the 18U Division of the AVPFirst Fort Lauderdale in April 2018 with fellow incoming FSU freshman Alex Hilton.
  • Finished in third place with fellow incoming FSU freshman Erin Murphy in the 18U Division of the AVPFirst Fort Lauderdale in January 2018.
  • Currently ranked 32nd in the nation in the Girls 18U division (USAV National Beach Rankings)
  • Won the USAV JBT National Championships in Milwaukee, WI after earning a qualifying bid at the USAV JBT Carolina Grand Slam in Apex, NC with partner Sena Szczepaniuk in the 14U division.
    • The pair came in second at the USPL Florida Winter Oasis in the 16U division in 2016.
  • Current Seminole Cassie Anderson’s sister
  • Indoor volleyball
    • 2017 Palm Beach Post Player of the Year (1/6/18)
    • Land Rover Palm Beach Player of the Week (11/13/17)
    • Led her team to the Class 9A state title game (2017)

 

 

Niles Adds Five to 2019-20 Roster

Alexandria Hilton
5’10” | Sarasota, Fla. | Riverview High School

Accomplishments

  • Won the 18U Division of the AVPFirst Fort Lauderdale in May 2018 with Madison Bobes.
  • Won the 18U Division of the AVPFirst Fort Lauderdale in April 2018 with fellow incoming FSU freshman Madelyne Anderson.
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s A division of the CBVA Belmont Shore in 2017 with partner Natalie Bennett.
  • Finished in third at the Spalding KOB Big Shot Volleyball Series, Singer Island in 2018 with partner Lexie Hamilton.
  • Earned a third-place finish in the SSOVA Clearwater Women’s Open with partner and current FSU freshman Cassie Anderson.
  • Finished fifth in the 18U division of the Big Shot Volleyball Series in Siesta Key in 2018 with Hamilton.
  • Earned a silver medal in the 16U division of the Spalding Big Shot Volleyball Tour in 2015.
  • Finished fifth with Bennett in the 18U division of the AAU Junior Olympic Qualifier Dallas.
  • Finished in ninth place in the 16’s Division of the 2017 GNBV Santa Monica event with Sena Szczepaniuk.
  • Earned an 11th place finish with Bennett in the U19 division of the USA Volleyball Beach HP World Trials in 2017.
  • Finished in a tie for 13th place in the Women’s Open division of the Spalding KOB Big Shot Volleyball Series, Singer Island in 2018 with partner and fellow incoming FSU freshman Erin Murphy.
  • Indoor volleyball
    • MaxPreps Player of the Match (Sept. 8, 2018)

 

 

Niles Adds Five to 2019-20 Roster

Erin Murphy
6’2” | St. Petersburg, Fla. | St. Petersburg Collegiate High School

Accomplishments

  • Won the Tampa Bay Beach Bums “Superhero September” Women’s Open in 2018 with Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima.
  • Finished in second place with partner Kahlee York at the SSOVA Clearwater in 2018.
  • Finished in third place with fellow incoming FSU freshman Madelyne Anderson in the 18U Division of the AVPFirst Fort Lauderdale in January 2018.
  • Finished in a tie for 13th place in the Women’s Open division of the Spalding KOB Big Shot Volleyball Series, Singer Island in 2018 with partner and fellow incoming FSU freshman Alex Hilton.
  • Completed her Associate of Arts degree in Computer Engineering from St Petersburg College while in high school; Co-President of the Chemistry Club.

 

 

Niles Adds Five to 2019-20 Roster

Elizabeth Waters-Leiga
5’11” | San Leandro, Calif. | San Leandro High School

Accomplishments

  • Won the 2018 California Beach Volleyball Association Tour Stop 2 with partner Jordan Polo.
  • Won the CBVA Tour Stop 9 in Santa Cruz with Polo in 2017.
  • Finished in second in the 18U Gold bracket of the 2017 GNBV Ocean Park Santa Monica event.
  • Earned a runner-up finish at the 2018 CBVA Cal Cup with partner Kyla Doig
  • Earned a runner-up finish in the 14U Division of the AAU Beach Volleyball National Championships with partner Sierra Tyson in 2015.
  • Finished 9th with partner Kendall Peters in the 18U Division of the USAV Beach High Performance World Trials in 2017.
  • Finished in a tie for 17th in the Silver Bracket of the 16U BVCA National Championship in Hermosa Beach in 2016.
  • Indoor volleyball
    • 8x MaxPreps Player of the Match

 

 

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