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Tarleton Sports Information

Tarleton head volleyball coach Mary Domine Schindler has announced the signings of Danielle Perkins and Novella Thomas to national letters-of-intent.

Perkins, a setter from Friendswood, will transfer to Tarleton as a junior from Alvin Community College where she was a two-year starter.

Perkins finished her freshman campaign with the Dolphins sixth in the nation in assists and was voted region XIV all-conference. She finished her career at Alvin with 179 digs, 16 kills, 39 service aces and over 1400 assists to average more than 12 assists per game.

As a member of the Clear Brook High School squad, Perkins was named first team all-district twice and led the greater Houston area in assists her senior season. She set a school and district record averaging 10.5 assists per game.

In club play, Perkins was a setter for the South Shores Juniors Mizuno 18 team as well as a Junior Olympic participant in 2006. In 2005, she played for Mizuno 17 and helped her team to a bronze medal in the River City Classic tournament. As a member of Mizuno 16 in 2004, she helped her team to a bronze medal at the Tampa National Qualifier. She was also a bronze medalist at the 2004 Junior Olympic national championships. In 2003, Perkins was a member of the Mizuno 15 team that participated at the International Tournament in Puerto Rico and was a silver medalist in the Houston Power League.

“Danielle will bring knowledge and a lot of skill to the setter position,” Schindler said. “She has great hands and good footwork. I think she will fit into the program well. She is a leader who will run a strong offense and will compliment our already strong recruiting class at the setter position. I look forward to Danielle joining the TexAnns in the fall.”

Thomas is an outside hitter from West Oso High School in Corpus Christi.

As a senior, Thomas was a district Co-MVP and was named he tournament at both the Corpus Christi McDonald’s Spike Fest and the Banquette tournament. She was named the district MVP as a junior and was a first team all-district selection as a sophomore.

Thomas excelled in both basketball and track as well in high school. She was a TGCA all-star as a senior on the hardwood and a state qualifier in the 4x200 on the track team.

“Novella is very athletic and she will become an immediate impact player for us over the next four years,” Schindler said. “She has tremendous leaping ability and will play high above the net. She is a great blocker with strong court instincts. Her athleticism and desire will be a great asset to both the volleyball and basketball programs.”

Both Perkins and Thomas will join the TexAnns in the fall.