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Lipscomb signs All-State volleyball player from Florida

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

May 1, 2007

Lipscomb University volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal has announced the signing of outside hitter Katie Bradley from Plantation, Fla.

Bradley, 5-foot-11, is a two-time Florida All-State selection in 2005 and 2006 from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She served as team captain in 2006. She was also an All-District team member in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

St. Thomas Aquinas was the 5-A State Volleyball Champion in 2004. Bradley also played Team Florida High Performance and is playing this season for Boomer's 18 Elite.

"Katie is a player we are very, very excited about," Rosenthal said. "She rounds out our recruiting class and immediately brings an extra level of play for us.

"To find someone of this quality this late in the game is something that's unusual. We were up against a lot of teams. She is a quality player and a quality person."

Bradley posted 401 kills in 2006 with a high of 27 in a match with Hollywood Hills High School. She was also a member of the BCAA All-Star Team.

"Her all-around game is well-developed," Rosenthal said. "Katie has the ability to be a solid contributor to this team from the start.

"When you look at the players we have signed she is the last piece of the puzzle. She can help put this team in position to have a lot of success."

In the classroom Bradley was an honor roll member from 2003 through 2007. She was also a member of the Spanish Club and the Cailini, a girls sports program at St. Thomas Aquinas from 2003-2006. In the eighth grade she received the Pinnacle Award as the "Best All-Around" student at Saint Anthony Catholic School.

More than 25 schools made offers to Bradley. More than 30 schools actively recruited her.

"I fell in love with the Lipscomb team and the coaches," Bradley said. "I wanted to spend the next four years of my life around good quality people." Her grandfather is Jim Delaney, a former boxing champion.

She is the daughter of Julie and Bob Bradley. Her father played football at Auburn University. She has a younger brother, Beau.