Nov. 11, 2010
WACO, Texas – Baylor volleyball head coach Jim Barnes announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 academic year Thursday.
The Bears added two outside hitters with Katy, Texas, native Nicole Bardaji and Oklahoma City’s Tori Cox, along with middle blocker Adrianna Nora from Stillwater, Minn.
“All three signees are tremendous players and people who will fit in right away at Baylor,” Barnes said. “It’s not often to have a class this athletic and mature.”
Bardaji helped lead Seven Lakes High School to its first-ever 19-5A District title in 2010. A Prepvolleyball.com Top 100 Senior Aces recruit, she led SLHS in kills on its way to a 31-12 record this season. Bardaji was named to the Under Armour All-America Watch List prior to her senior year. She also helped lead her club team, Southwest Asics, to a third-place finish at the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.
“Nicole is an extremely fast, high-jumping athlete with a very competitive nature,” Barnes said. “She has the potential to make an impact early and compete at both the left and right sides. She thrives in competitive situations and has a strong will to win. Nicole is a very well conditioned athlete and has the tools to play all six rotations.”
Nora helped take Stillwater Area High School to new heights during her career. As a junior, the 6-3 middle blocker set a school-record kill percentage and recorded the fourth-highest block total in program history, helping her team reach the state tournament for the first time ever. Nora’s block total was part of a team school record 382 blocks that helped SAHS win its first conference title since 1976.
A top-115 Senior Aces recruit by Prepvolleyball.com, Nora earned all-conference honors and served as the team captain as a senior, while SAHS compiled a 22-8 record and an appearance in the section final. She was named to Under Armour High School All-America Watch List prior to her senior year. Nora, a versatile student-athlete, also earned all-conference honors in track and field.
“Adrianna is a physical, hard-hitting, imposing athlete,” Barnes said. “She has the potential to make a big impact early in her career and has the tools to compete at multiple positions. Adrianna is amazingly quick and agile for her height, and plays with a steady mindset that will adjust quickly to the college game.”
Cox helped Putnam City High School to a No. 7 ranking in the state and a 21-7 record. A 6-3 outside hitter, Cox was named all-metro and all-state during her career, and earned recognition on Prepvolleyball.com’s Top 150 Senior Aces list. Prior to the season, she was named to the Under Armour High School All-America Watch List.
“Tori is a very strong and tall athlete who can terminate the ball on the left side,” Barnes said. “She still needs to develop her all-around game, but has a huge upside. Tori is a mature-minded athlete, and has the potential to be a dominate attacker in the Big 12.”
BAYLOR CLASS OF 2011 SIGNEES
Nicole Bardaji (6-0, OH, Katy, Texas [Seven Lakes HS])
Tori Cox (6-3, OH, Oklahoma City, Okla. [Putnam City HS])
Adrianna Nora (6-3, MB/RS, Stillwater, Minn. [Stillwater Area HS])