Lincoln Memorial lands big-time recruiting class for 2019

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The defending IVA champions just got even better for the upcoming season.

Lincoln Memorial coach John Cash recently unveiled the team’s newest recruiting class that includes multiple high school all-state selections and national team beach volleyball players.

“We’ve actually added a lot of depth everywhere and a lot of diversity to what we have coming in,” Cash said in a statement. “We are pretty excited about what they bring to the table. It’s a lot of different, and it’s going to push the guys that are here and that’s what we want.”

Jacob Titus, a 6-foot-4 outside attacker from Hendersonville, Tennessee, represented the United States at the FIVB U19 World Beach Championship in July. He also was selected the last three years to the USA Volleyball Junior Beach High Performance National Training Team.

Both Ryan Foy and Dawson Walker join Lincoln Memorial after leading Northmonth High School to the Ohio state semifinals in May.

Foy, a 6-foot-5 setter, had 853 assists and a team-high 57 aces during his senior season as the team made its deepest postseason run in four years. The second-team all-state selection also added 85 blocks in his final high school season.

Walker, a 6-foot-6 outside attacker, led Northmont with 374 kills as a senior, including having a team-high 26 kills in a state semifinal loss. In addition, Walker was named to the second-team all-state and ended the year with 29 aces.

Johansen Negron, a 6-foot-2 outside attacker, moved from Puerto Rico following the destruction of Hurricane Maria last fall and led his new high school in Florida to a state finals. The outside attacker also was a member of the Puerto Rican Beach Volleyball U19 National Team.

Andres Delgado, a 5-foot-9 libero from Miami, led the state with 441 digs during his senior season. The AVCA High School All-American Watch List selection also led his school to four consecutive district titles.

Along with these recent high school graduates, two college players will transfer to Lincoln Memorial for the 2019 season.

Daniel Hermida, a 6-foot-4 outside attacker, was eighth in the nation with a 0.51 aces per game average and added a 2.84 kills per game average as a freshman for Erskine last season. He also had two matches with at least 20 kills in the final month of the regular season.

Matt Bridenbaugh transfers to Lincoln Memorial after playing last season for Mount St. Joseph, a NCAA Division III school. The 5-foot-10 libero played in all but four matches as a freshman and ended last season with 92 digs.

Lincoln Memorial in its program’s second season finished with a winning record and won the 2018 IVA Tournament championship.

Among the starters returning for the Railsplitters next season includes All-IVA opposite Evan Cory and All-IVA middle attacker Pedro Carvalho.