RUTHERFORD, N.J. – High-school seniors Miquela Martinez (Santa Fe, N.M./St. Michael's) and Tabatha Wagner (Wabash, Ind./Wabash) have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their volleyball careers at Felician University, Felician head women's coach John Chang announced today.
Both players committed to the Golden Falcons during the first four weeks of the 2018-19 NCAA signing period. The newly legislated signing period began on Nov. 14 and runs continuously through Aug. 1, 2019, replacing the separate early and regular signing periods of past years.
Martinez, 5-foot-6, is a two-time New Mexico all-state setter for St. Michael's High School of Santa Fe. As a senior this fall, she helped lead the Horsemen to a Class 3A state championship. Martinez, who also won an individual district championship and two team state titles in golf, plays club volleyball for the 505 Volleyball Academy. She hopes to study criminal justice at Felician.
"I'm happy to sign a player like Miquela with such a high 'volleyball IQ,'" said Chang, who just completed his fifth season with the Golden Falcons. "She has the ability to immediately improve our team offense."
"The support I have already received from Felician and the volleyball program is beyond amazing," Martinez said. "And I haven't even started playing yet! I'm so excited for what's to come."
Wagner, a 6-foot-2 middle hitter, enjoyed a highly decorated senior season for Wabash (Ind.) High, culminating with a first-team all-state selection. She also plays basketball and softball for the Apaches and was a 2018 first-team all-Three Rivers Conference honoree in softball. Wagner, who also toils for the Central Indiana Volleyball Club (CIViC), expects to major in exercise sports science.
"Tabatha has some big shoes to fill in the middle for us," Chang said, "but is the type of player that can do exactly that. I'm very happy to have her and believe she can make an immediate impact on our program."
"Felician really caught my eye as a 'best fit' school academically and athletically," Wagner said. "I bonded with coach Chang almost immediately during my visit, and the campus gave me a home-like feeling. I'm really excited to continue my academic and athletic careers at Felician."
The Golden Falcons set school records for overall and conference victories in 2018. They went 13-18 and finished fourth in the CACC North Division with an 8-11 league record. Felician reached the CACC playoffs for the first time since 2013, pushing eventual champion Holy Family University to five sets before bowing out in the quarterfinals.
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 2,400 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.