Alderson Broaddus unveils incoming recruiting class for 2021 season

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Alderson Broaddus went across the United States and into Europe for its latest recruiting class.

Coach Chuck Shoemaker recently announced that seven players from five states and Switzerland have committed to join the Battlers starting in the 2021 season.

Loic Nanchen, a 6-foot-3 opposite from Lens, Switzerland, helped lead his high school team to three consecutive national championships. He also earned a second-place finish in regionals with his club team.

Cannon Chien, a 6-foot-3 libero from Pearl City, Hawaii, was a Third-Team All-State selection. Along with his high school career, Chien played for the Pure Aloha Volleyball Club.


Jaelin Gray, a 6-foot-1 middle attacker from Las Vegas, concluded his high school career setting the school record for career blocks. The First-Team All-Region selection also finished in Nevada’s top five for both blocks and attack percentage.

Joe Mercado, a 5-foot-6 libero from Las Vegas, was a high school teammate of Gray. The libero led the state in digs with his high school team and played club volleyball for Kaizen LV.

Milakyi Highsaw, a 6-foot-4 middle attacker from Fishers, Indiana, was a two-sport athlete in high school playing both volleyball and football. In addition, Highsaw was a member of the Academy Volleyball Club.

Che Arbo, a 6-foot-1 setter and opposite from Yulee, Florida, was the captain of his club team in Jacksonville for the two years. He also played both basketball and cross country in high school and was the most valuable player of both teams.

Andrew Nielsen, a 6-foot-7 middle attacker from Solvang, California, was a three-year varsity player while in high school. In addition, Nielsen will be the tallest player on the Batters’ roster next season.

Alderson Broaddus went 1-12 during the 2020 season that was shortened because of the coronavirus pandemic.