April 18, 2012
DALLAS - Maddie Lozano and Olivia Bailey have transferred to SMU to play volleyball, head coach Lisa Seifert announced Wednesday.
Bailey, who graduated from the Hockaday School in Dallas, returns home after three seasons at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. She ranks in the top-10 all-time at LMU with 2,340 assists, averaging 9.11 per set. She started every match as a sophomore and junior, recording 494 digs and 140 kills. The 5-foot-11 setter also posted 100 blocks.
In high school, Bailey was a four-year starter at Hockaday and was an AAU All-American in 2007. She was named to the All-Southwest Preparatory Conference team three times, and was the conference Most Valuable Player twice. In 2008, she led Hockaday to the conference championship as a senior. She was team captain and MVP each of her final three seasons.
"We are excited to have two transfers join an already strong freshman class for 2012," Seifert said. "Olivia (Bailey) should make an immediate impact in the setting position. She has three solid years of experience in a good program and has excelled against solid competition."
Lozano comes to the Hilltop after two seasons at Arizona as a middle blocker. The 6-foot-1, Roseville, Calif., native had 71 kills and 72 blocks while playing in 49 matches. She was team captain and Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior at Oakmont High School, and was also an Academic Merit Award winner.
"Maddie (Lozano) is a great athlete who has experience playing in a great volleyball conference. I have very high expectations for both of these young ladies as they will challenge others for starting positions," Seifert explained. "They will bring experience and leadership to our program."