BOULDER – Colorado women's volleyball head coach Jesse Mahoney announced the addition of two student-athletes to the signing class of 2022 Tuesday night afternoon.
The team adds outside hitter Lexi Hadrych, from UCLA, and defensive specialist and libero signing Emma DeSensi, from Louisville, Kent.
"We are very excited about the Lexi and Emma's additions to the Buff family and what's turning into a very deep and talented recruiting class for 2022," Mahoney said. "I am confident that these young women will be great contributors to our team's culture and competitive success."
Hadrych is a 6-1 outside hitter from Murrieta, Calif., coming to CU as a redshirt senior. Hadrych came out of high school in the red jersey, where he was an AVCA/Under Armor Second Team All-American for Vista Murrieta High School and PrepVolleyball Senior Ace No.46. In 2019 she had a fantastic season and was third for UCLA with 2.04 kills per set, posting double-digit kills in six matches. She was named Pac-12 Rookie of the Week in late October when she had 10 kills against No.15 Cal and No.2 Stanford. Hadrych hit all career highs in 2019 with 15 kills of 27 attempts against Oregon State, six blocks against Oregon and a .391 batting percentage against Washington State.
Post-COVID, Hadrych played in 20 games between the spring and fall seasons in 2021. He had a season-high seven kills against Portland State and had three aces and five blocks.
"As a transfer graduate, we're excited Lexi has chosen to finish her career in Colorado, and especially excited that we will have her for two seasons," Mahoney said. "She's a great high-flyer with a big arm who has had experience playing both pins at UCLA, although for us we see her primarily as a left-side hitter. Lexi's experience playing at a high level in the Pac-12 will be invaluable and we I can't wait to start working with her this summer".
DeSensi is a 5-6 defensive sweeper/specialist out of Assumption High School in Louisville, Kent. As a freshman, DeSensi went 36-0 in his first two seasons. He helped add to the team's win total as a senior, going 49-9, including a 30-6 mark as a senior. She had 210 digs and 44 aces in her senior season and was named to the All-District team.
DeSensi was part of the KIVA club team that played in the 2018 AAU National Championship. Her club team won titles at the JVA Rock n Rumble Championships, Central Zones Invitational, and Word Challenge in 2017 and 2018. They also won the MEDL championships in those years and in 2019.
He comes from a family of athletes that started with his grandfather William, who he played football at the University of Kentucky. His father was a baseball player at Notre Dame and played in the minor leagues. She was signed by Morehead State, Kent State, Appalachian State, Campbell, Ball State and UCSB.
DeSensi chose Colorado for its "beautiful campus, the college experience I was looking for, a competitive environment, and a coaching staff and players welcoming.”
“We have a great group of libero/DS on our roster and I think Emma will definitely add talent and a competitive edge to it,” Mahoney said. "She is highly trained because she comes from Asuncion and KIVA, two programs that emphasize technical ball control and defensive intensity. I hope Emma thrives in our systems here in Colorado."