Head Coach Lizzy Stemke
Nov. 13, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia volleyball coach Lizzy Stemke announces that Kendall Kazor, Maddie Lobenstein and Devan Porter have signed their National Letters of Intent to play volleyball at Georgia beginning in 2014.
“This 2014 class will bring a wave of enthusiasm for the sport of volleyball, another level of competitive drive and an athleticism that we can speak volumes about,” Stemke said. “We could not be more excited about this group of student athletes and what they stand for and what they work for. We have big goals for this program and this class is on board!”
Kazor, a native of Plano, Texas, is a four-year member and three-time captain of the varsity volleyball team at Ursuline Academy as a setter and opposite hitter. She comes to Georgia as the 53rd-ranked player in the prepvolleyball.com Senior Aces. As a senior, Kazor was named to the All-Texas Second Team by Lonestar Volleyball, after having been an honorable mention following her freshman and sophomore seasons. She was also named one of the 100 Queens of the Court by the VYPE DFW. Kazor was also a first team all-district selection, the setter of the district and a member of the all-state tournament team after leading her squad to a second-place finish at the state championship. Following her junior year, Kazor was an all-district selection and was given the Leadership Award. In addition to her high school career, Kazor also plays for the Texas Advantage Volleyball club as a setter and opposite hitter. In 2011, she helped her squad to a first-place finish at the AAU National Championships, as well as a second-place finish at the Junior Olympics on the way to a No. 1 ranking by prepvolleyball.com. In 2012, Kazor led the TAV Black team to a third-place finish at the USAV Junior Olympics and was named one of the top 85 recruits by nfinity on prepvolleyball.com. This past year, Kazor helped TAV to another No. 1 ranking by prepvolleyball.com and a first-place finish at the USAV Junior Olympics. Kazor is the daughter of John and Lisa Kazor and has a sister, Katrina.
Stemke on Kazor: “Kendall is and always has been a winner at every level. She has played multiple positions always adding to what each particular team has asked her to do and she excels in each of those positions. Kendall is steady competitor and her unselfish commitment to every team she has played on has made her a natural leader on and off the court. Kendall continues to improve every time she gets to the court because of a great drive that we know will be contagious.”
Hailing from Madison Wisc., Lobenstein was a four-year letter winner and outside hitter for the Deerfield High School volleyball team. In her four years at Deerfield, she led her team to four undefeated regular seasons. A four-time first team all-conference selection, Lobenstein was also named the conference player of the year as a sophomore and junior and the conference MVP as a sophomore. She was twice named to the all-state team, a third team selection as a junior and a second team honoree as a senior. Lobenstein was also named a Maxpreps Player of the Week as a junior. In addition to her prep career, Lobenstein was a multiple position player for the Capital Volleyball Academy. In 2013, Lobenstein was the only underclassman named to the 2013 JVA 18s All-National Team. Lobenstein is the daughter of William and Anne Lobenstein, has a sister, Hilary, who played volleyball at the University of South Alabama and the University of West Alabama, and a brother, James.
Stemke on Lobenstein: “Maddie can have a quiet way about her but you can hear her hit the ball from a mile away. She has a powerful arm and great court awareness. We have watched Maddie develop her all around skills even further in the last year and we are excited about her all around potential, along with the physical prowess that her stature brings. Maddie has the potential to be a go to player for us here at Georgia and we look forward to watching her progress.”
Porter comes to Georgia as a Second Team Under Armour All-American after spending three years as an outside hitter for the St. Agnes Academy volleyball team before moving to Bettendorf, Iowa in December 2012 and playing for Bettendorf High School. Following her move to Iowa for her senior year, Porter was named a Second Team Under Armour All-American and the Mississippi Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She was also named to the All-Mississippi Athletic Conference First Team and was selected as a Quad City Times Player of the Week. As a junior, Porter led St. Agnes Academy to its first state championship in volleyball and was named the state tournament MVP. She was a finalist for the Tennessee Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year, following an all-region, all-state and Commercial Appeal Best of Prep season. Following her sophomore season, Porter was again an all-region and all-state selection, as well as a member of the Commercial Appeal Best of Preps Team. She was also named the Commercial Appeal Best of Preps finalist for the sport of volleyball. As a freshman at St. Agnes, Porter was named to the USA Volleyball A2 team, and was a first team all-region selection, a first team all-state selection the Commercial Appeal Best of Preps team. She also has nine years of playing experience with the Memphis Metro and Platform Elite club teams. Porter is the daughter of Lionel and Carrie Porter and has one brother, Darien.
Stemke on Porter: “Devan is a tremendous athlete with big goals and you can feel every ounce of her competitive drive while watching her play. She plays all six rotations and is used to taking on a heavy load with every team she plays on. We often talk about the extra gear that Devan has that can raise her game to when called upon. We are excited that she will be wearing the Bulldog jersey for her college career.”