RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rising college junior Baylei Furman (Kaneohe, Hawaii/Moanalua) has transferred to Felician University and signed a athletics financial aid agreement for women's volleyball, Felician head coach John Chang announced today.
Furman, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, spent the last two seasons playing for Hartnell College of Salinas, Calif. She helped lead the Panthers to a pair of NJCAA Regional playoff berths. Furman completed an A.A. degree in kinesiology at Hartnell in May.
"I'm excited to see the impact that Baylei will have on our team," Chang said. "She is a hard-working athlete and is determined to contribute for us in a big way."
Furman is a 2015 graduate of Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In her senior season, she assisted Na Menehune to the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red-East Division title and a third-place finish in the state playoffs. For her efforts, she was voted Honorable-Mention All-Division. She also played basketball at Moanalua.
"'Kulia I Ka Nu'u' is a Hawaiian proverb that is the motto of my high school," Furman said. "It translates to 'Strive to reach the highest.' Felician is the place that will allow me to do so, both on the court and in the classroom."
Furman joins four incoming freshmen who signed with Chang and Felician during the NCAA early signing period in November – middle blocker Katie Asbery (Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani), defensive specialist MaryGrace Puryear (Cranford, N.J./Cranford), middle blocker Katelyn Schneider (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) and libero Brielle Williams (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) – as women's volleyball scholarship newcomers for the Golden Falcons.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Golden Falcons are slated to open the 2017 campaign on Sept. 5 at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.