Newcomers join team for spring season

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Getting a jump start on their first seasons wearing Cardinal and White, Alex Fitzmorris and Adriana Vazquez have arrived on campus to participate in spring workouts with the University of Arkansas volleyball team.

Fitzmorris, an incoming freshman from Overland Park, Kan., was a two-year letterwinner during her prep career at Blue Valley West High School. In her final two years, the Jaguars claimed a pair of sub-state championships and two Kansas 6A state runner-up finishes. At 6-3, Fitzmorris will add height at the net for the Razorbacks in the middle and right side. She joins Allison Johnson as the tallest players on the Arkansas roster.

Fitzmorris is part of the five-player incoming class announced by Razorback head coach Robert Pulliza back in November. The rest of the group features Hayley Koop, Clarissa Pavey, Raymariely Santos and Charmaine Whitmore.

Vazquez will join the Razorbacks as a junior after spending the first two seasons of her collegiate career as a member of the Hampton University volleyball team. The Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, native played all the way around for the Pirates, but will focus her skills toward defense for Arkansas.

During the 2009 season, Vazquez was third on the Hampton squad with 1.90 digs per set. She also posted 1.16 kills per set. As a sophomore, she earned all-tournament honors at the James Madison Invitational, Georgetown Classic and South Carolina State Spikefest. Vazquez was named to the All-Tiny L. Laster Memorial Tournament team during her first year at Hampton.

In Puerto Rico, Vazquez was a member of the Arsel club team, which captured two league championships during her time on the squad. A two-time captain, she also earned two MVP awards and an AAU All-American selection.

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