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Rebels Add To Roster, Sign Elena Ivanova

June 8, 2017

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV volleyball program has added Elena Ivanova, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, to the signing class that will don the Scarlet & Gray this fall.

Ivanova is a back row player (defensive specialist/libero) who will graduate from 157 Bilingual Institute "Cesar Vallejo" in Sofia. She helped her squad to a district championship in 2015 and, in turn, was named its MVP. In both 2016 and 2017, the team finished as runners-up in district play.

"Elli will be able to give us strong back row play," said head coach Cindy Fredrick. "She is an overall, very skilled player, but her passing and defense along with her competitiveness will help give the Rebels an edge. We're excited to have Elli join us."

In 2016, she helped her club team, Kolibri, to a first-place finish in a tournament and subsequently earned "Best Libero" of the tournament designation.

In all, the Rebels will have a total of nine newcomers, as Ivanova joins Jill Berg, Lauren Burt, Erin Davis, Alison French, Mariena Hayden, Leka Kiner-Falefa, Shania Scott and Thea Sweder, all of whom were added during signing periods in November and May.



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