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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Virginia volleyball head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton has announced the signing of four future Cavaliers. Outside hitter Simone Asque (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), middle Anne Dorff (Kent, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit), outside hitter Kelly Rhein (York, Pa./York Catholic) and middle Hillary Trebels (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) compile the incoming class of 2012.

“This class brings a lot of athletic ability and potential into our gym,” Shelton said. “The addition of Anne and Hillary finally gets our middle corps back up to four, which will add to our practices right away. Simone and Kelly will both continue our tradition of strong outside hitters who can be counted on for big swings at critical times. But most importantly, all four of these young women will be positive contributors to our team chemistry and the University of Virginia community. We are all looking forward to their arrival in August.”

Asque was selected to the United States High Performance Youth National A2 team this year and was a Chicago Sun-Times all-city and all-state selection at Whitney Young High School. The Chicago native, who is listed among’s top 100 senior aces, was named to the all-tournament team at the Junior Olympic Nationals. Her club team, First Alliance, earned a fifth-place finish at nationals in 2006.

“Simone is a high flier who hits a heavy ball,” Shelton said. “She loves to compete and is very talented at the net. She is playing at an extremely high level in club right now and will have the experience necessary to challenge for court time immediately.”

Dorff was a first team all-district and second team all-state honoree out of Walsh Jesuit High School in Kent, Ohio. Dorff, who competed for both the A.C.E. and Cleveland volleyball club teams, was named the Akron Beacon-Journal’s volleyball player of the year as a senior.

“Anne is a terrific natural blocker with a fantastic court personality,” Shelton said. “I believe she has the potential to develop into a dominant M2 on the court for us.”

Rhein, a native of York, Pa., also is listed among’s top 250 senior aces and was a two-time first team all-state selection at York Catholic. The 2006 York Daily Record Player of the Year helped her squad to the district championship in 2007. Rhein also was a starter on York Catholic’s two-time state championship basketball team.

“Kelly is a fantastic athlete who is a proven winner,” Shelton said. “I’m excited to see how quickly her skills and court sense develop when she concentrates solely on volleyball. If she progresses as fast as we think, she will be an impact player for us soon.”

Trebels joins Rhein and Asque on’s top 250 senior aces list. The Arlington Heights, Ill., native helped her club team, Sports Performance, to a fifth-place finish at the 2007 AAU National Championships. Current Cavaliers Tara Hester and Brittani Rendina also are former members of Sports Performance.

“Hillary was a hidden gem in the recruiting world and we were lucky she chose Virginia,” Shelton said. “Her ability to go off one foot is tremendous and she is also very quick laterally along the net. There is no doubt she posses the natural athletic ability, along with the work ethic and desire, to become a very successful high level middle.”


Simone Asque
Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young
5-10 OH

High School
No. 79 on’s Top 100 Senior Aces List
Chicago Sun-Times all-city and all-state selection
Named to all-tournament team Junior Olympic Nationals
Club team, First Alliance, placed fifth at nationals in 2006 and 10th in 2007
Selected for the USA High Performance Youth National A2 team (2007)
Selected to High Performance Select Training Camp (2004, 2005)
Team captain
Four-time Honor Roll member

Born Feb. 17, 1990
Daughter of Sandra and Michael Asque
Has two sisters, Elizabeth (20) and Gillian (16)

Anne Dorff
Kent, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
6-0 M

High School
First team all-district and second team all-state as a senior
Akron Beacon-Journal’s 2007 Volleyball Player of the Year
Led Walsh Jesuit to a runner-up finish in the Division II state championships
Received most improved player award as a junior after leading the team in blocks
Team captain
Also competed in track and field
National Honor Society member
Competed for A.C.E. volleyball club for two years and Cleveland Volleyball Club during senior year

Born May 3, 1990
Daughter of Peter and Juliann Dorff
Has an older brother, Bob (20)

Kelly Rhein
York, Pa./York Catholic
5-11 OH

High School’s Top 250 Senior Aces
Two-time first team all-state selection (2005, 2006)
2006 York Daily Record Player of the Year
Shipley Award winner (2005, 2006)
Helped York Catholic to the district championship in 2007
Two-time team captain
Starter on York Catholics’s two-time state championship team in basketball
Four-time honor student
National Honor Society member

Born Oct. 17, 1989
Daughter of Bob and Cheryl Rhein
Has a younger brother, Conrad (11) and two younger sisters, Courtney (16) and Alexis (13)
Father played soccer and lacrosse at Bucknell
Mother played volleyball at Bucknell

Hillary Trebels
Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect
6-1 M

High School’s Top 250 Senior Aces
Helped club team, Sports Performance, to a fifth-place finish at the 2007 AAU National Championships
Played varsity soccer as a freshman before switching to volleyball
National Honor Society member

Born June 4, 1990
Daughter of Gary and Karen Trebels
Has three sisters, Victoria (19), Lydia (15) and Grace (12)

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