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Dec. 8, 2014

Greta Ell, the Holy Redeemer school record holder for total points (194) was named the 2014 Wyoming Valley Conference Player of the Year and the Citizens Voice Player of the Year after leading her squad with 34 goals and 16 assists. The forward from Plains, Pa., is a three-time all-state honoree, three-time Citizens Voice All-Star First Team member and has also been named to the Times Leader All-Star First Team each of the last three years, finishing her four-year varsity career with 73 goals and 48 assists.

Ell also competed for four years in track & field, earning Times Leader Track & Field All-Star Second Team honors last season.

“I am very excited to have Greta Ell join the Cavalier family,” said Virginia head coach Michele Madison. “She is a very competitive and gritty player with raw athletic ability mixed with some very fluid skill. She was looking to combine the best academics with the best hockey, which is a perfect combination for Virginia student-athletes.”

Ell played for the Xcalibur field hockey club team where Virginia alum Traci Ragukas (’09) is one of her coaches.

“Traci told me four years ago, `you have to recruit this kid. She has it all. Speed, skill and can eliminate better than I did,'” Madison said. “Traci is such a tough critic on everybody, including herself, I knew that Greta must be special if Traci Ragukas thought she was. Sure enough, one week into the first camp that Greta attended, she kept catching my eye.”

Ell helped lead Xcalibur to a silver medal in the U19 National Club Championship. She won a pair of gold medals at the National Indoor Championships in 2011 and 2012 and was part of a bronze-medal-winning squad at the 2010 National Futures Championship.

“She is going to make a huge impact as a Wahoo,” Ragukas said. “She would come start practicing with the team right now if she could.”

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