Lees-McRae coach Chuang unveils latest recruiting class

A player who helped lead his club team to a regional championship will be among the recruits to join the rebuilding process at Lees-McRae

Lees-McRae coach Henry Chuag announced during the weekend that recent high school graduates Nash Rauen and Chris Woolslayer both signed national letters of intent to play for the Bobcats beginning in 2017.


Rauen, from Beaverton, Oregon, served as the captain of his club team that won the CEVA regional title earlier this year. He also spent this summer competing at the USA Volleyball A1 High Performance camp.

“Rauen is a very dynamic player with a big jump, and has an unwavering dedication to physical training, both in season and in the off-season,” Chuang said in a statement. “He doesn’t come from an area that is rich with men’s volleyball, so he has had to put extra work in to take advantage of every opportunity he had to train and compete,”

Woolslayer, from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was named the most valuable player of his high school team as a senior.

“[Woolslayer] has excellent all-around ball control skills and is willing to take big swings and go for big serves,” Chuang said. “Out of the entire recruiting class, Chris has probably played the most amount of volleyball and I am looking for him to bring his experience and high volleyball IQ to the team.”

Lees-McRae in Chuang’s first season as head coach went 1-25 and winless in conference play to not qualify for the 2016 Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Bobcats, though, spent the majority of last season with less than 12 players on their active roster.