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UT SOCCER INKS THREE IN 2006 RECRUITING CLASS



March 7, 2006


Molly Baird

Sarah Jackyra

Devon Swaim

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer for the University of Tennessee in 2006, head coach Angela Kelly announced today. The signees, all listed in the Soccer Buzz Top 150 Recruits list, include Molly Baird (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton H.S.), Sarah Jackyra (Apex, N.C./Apex H.S.) and Devon Swaim (Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy H.S.).

"With the 2006 season fast approaching, we are very excited about the talent that we have coming in," said Kelly. "Not only do they display tremendous abilities on the field, but they also are very conscientious in the classroom. We look for these ladies to make significant contributions to our team this fall and for the duration of their careers as Lady Vols."

A Region 3 Olympic Development Program (ODP) team member, Molly Baird patrolled the net for the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Spartan squad that was a U17 semifinalist in the US Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) National Championships last summer, allowing only one goal in the tournament. The Broughton H.S. product earned all-state honors as a junior and has helped her high school squad to two consecutive North Carolina state titles. Her CASL Spartan club team also picked up two consecutive state championships. A National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional All-American, the Raleigh, N.C., native also played on the Super Y National Select Team and is a member of the national honor society.

"Molly is a very complete and technically sound goalkeeper," commented Kelly. "She attains and displays incredible leadership qualities for a person of her young age. I look forward to an incredibly competitive battle throughout preseason as my young set of goalkeepers battle it out for the starting role. She will make it a very exciting pursuit."

Sarah Jackyra, a midfielder from Apex, N.C., received all-state honors three times in her career. A member of the CASL Spartan club team with Baird, she also helped that squad to a U17 semifinal appearance at the 2005 USYSA National Championships. The Apex H.S. senior garnered Co-Regional Player of the Year accolades from the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association in 2005 after taking home the award outright in 2004. Her Apex high school team has taken three consecutive Tri-7 Conference titles, while Jackyra was named the league's player of the year on two occasions. She also was named to the all-state team three times. Equally adept in the classroom, she also made the Apex H.S. honor roll.

"We like Sarah for her ability as a one-versus-one defender and her tactical knowledge of the game," Kelly said. "She has great speed and, as a defender, attacks and distributes well out of the back."

A Pennsylvania All-State performer at Neshaminy H.S., Devon Swaim picked up a NSCAA High School Regional All-America selection last season. Former teammate of Kylee Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) with the Pennsylvania Strikers, Swaim helped the club squad to four consecutive state crowns. The former Region 1 ODP team member, Swaim was selected as the Suburban One League Player of the Year in 2004. Also a two-year letter-winner in basketball, she is an honor roll student along with serving on the Neshaminy Student Council and as part of the school newspaper staff.

"Swaim, in my opinion, can be one of the best attacking midfielders or forwards to every put on a Tennessee jersey before she graduates," Kelly said. "If she puts in the time to come in fit and be at the top of her game, we will see a very deceptive, crafty, attack-minded player on the field.

"All in all, I am once again very excited about our '06 class and find myself counting down the days until we can start training in August!"

 

 

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