Nov 15, 2012 7:41 PM by UL Sports Information
Ragin' Cajuns volleyball head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot announced Wednesday the signing of Chanelle Gardner of nearby St. Martinville High School and Illinois native Jessica Bartczyszyn to a national letter of intent during the NCAA's early signing period.
Both will be freshman with four seasons of eligibility starting in the 2013-14 academic year.
"Chanelle is a local kid who can help us get to the next level," Mazeitis-Fontenot remarked. "She has the size, athleticism and excellent court awareness.
"Jessica has fantastic game IQ," Mazeitis-Fontenot added. "She is athletic and will add to our depth at the setter position."
Gardner helped lead St. Martinville High to the 2012 LHSAA Volleyball Division II championship match on Saturday, Nov. 10 where she paced coach Lucinda Mason's squad's efforts netting a match-high 15 kills and throwing up nine blocks.
A day earlier, Gardner finished with 16 kills and three blocks in the Tigers' semifinal win over Breaux Bridge High School. Adding in 21 kills in a quarterfinal win over Lutcher High at the beginning of the state tournament, she ended the three-day event with 52 kills over 11 sets (4.73 kills per set).
The state tournament performance was a prime example of the dominance Gardner showed throughout the season. Earlier in the season, she posted 53 kills, two aces, 38 digs and 15 blocks during the NISH/Community First Bank Volleyball Tournament.
A member of the 2011 Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association Division II All-State team, Gardner is also a two-time All-Acadiana pick by The Daily Advertiser and was named the publication's preseason All-Acadiana MVP for 2012.
She was also a two-time All-District choice (2010 & 2011) and is scheduled to play in this weekend's LHSCA All-Star contest at Newman High School in New Orleans.
A 6-foot-2 middle blocker, Gardner played club volleyball for Cajun Elite.
Bartczyszyn hails from Chicago-area based Cary, Ill., and is a setter at Cary-Grove High School. The 5-foot-9 product gives the Cajuns additional options at the position given the loss of senior setter Mandi Gavin following the 2012 season.
A four-year varsity member at CGHS for head coach Patty Langanis, Bartczyszyn picked up first team all-conference honors and first team all-area honors last season. In her first season as a starter, she served as team captain.
Bartczyszyn was named one of the Top 50 players by the Chicago Sun Times prior to the start of the 2012 season. She played club volleyball for Sky High Volleyball.