There was no geographical limit to how far coach Jeremy Price would go to round out his latest recruiting class.
Queens recently announced that players from five U.S. regions — East Coast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Mountain West — along with the Carribean Islands have committed to play for the Royals starting in 2021.
“I am extremely excited about the 2020 Queens men’s volleyball class,” said Price. “I think this class shows the reach of our program as the players come from all over the country and the Caribbean. We have added size, athleticism, versatility, and potential to an already strong group of returners.”
Ty Hurdle as the team captain of the Bermuda Men’s Junior National Team competed at the 2019 AAU National Championships. In addition, the 6-foot-4 pin hitter was named the most valuable player at Bermuda’s junior national tournament last year.
Fletcher Murphy, a 6-foot-8 middle attacker from Conifer, Colorado, played basketball, soccer and volleyball for his high school. With his club team 303 Volleyball Academy, Murphy had one of the organization’s best verticals touching 11-foot-6, according to a post on the club’s Facebook page.
Jack Pflugner, a 6-foot-6 outside attacker from Orlando, Florida, playing for his high school finished his junior season leading the state with a .369 attack percentage. He also was hitting .308 and had 14 aces in five matches during his senior season earlier this year that was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Stirling Sims, a 6-foot-4 opposite from Goodyear, Arizona, ended the 2019 high school season in the state’s top 10 with 331 kills. In addition, Sims was a two-time team captain for his high school and played all four seasons on the varsity team.
Ryan Cymbor, a 6-foot-2 outside attacker from Pennsylvania, was a three-sport athlete in high school and played four seasons on the varsity boys’ volleyball team. He also played club volleyball for Yorktowne.
Along with these high school recruits, Queens added transfer Jack Brinkman.
Brinkman, a 6-foot-2 outside attacker, played for Urbana last season before the entire university closed. The outside attacker appeared in 20 matches for Urbana and finished second on the team with a 2.60 kills per game average.
Queens competing as an independent was 6-9 last season with victories against EIVA and ConfCarolinas teams before the season was canceled because of the coronavirus.