Jan. 9, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 9, 2014) - Florida Atlantic University head volleyball coach Fernanda Nelson has added Lexi Rhein and Genesis Viera to the FAU volleyball team.
"These two Division I transfers will be great additions to the program," said Nelson. "The fact that they are able to start in the spring and get a head start on the fall season is a huge advantage."
Rhein comes to FAU from the College of Charleston, where she appeared in 11 matches, averaging nearly four assists per set. She arrived at Charleston from Eastern York High School where she was a three-time All-District selection and was a first-team All-State selection. Rhein also played for Synergy Volleyball Club, which she led to a 2012 national championship.
"I am so excited about the future of FAU and the volleyball program. I'm so thankful to Coach (Nelson) for allowing me to be a part of the team and I am ready to get to work," said Rhein.
A three-time Bright House Network Player of the Year at St. Cloud-Harmony High School, Viera will come to FAU after spending a year at the University of Tulsa. She led the Harmony Longhorns to four appearances in the state quarterfinals and a Final Four appearance as a senior.
As a freshman at Tulsa, Viera appeared in 27 matches and recorded 487 assists on the season.
"I chose FAU because it truly feels like a family," Viera said. "I also know that the coaching staff will push me every day."
Both Rhein and Viera are enrolled in classes and will be eligible to play in the 2014 season with three years of eligibility remaning.
"Lexi Rhein and Genesis Viera are two high quality players who have faced high caliber competition and both will be able to come in and contribute right away at the setter position," Nelson said.
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