Athens, GA - Elena Perri has joined the University of Georgia volleyball program according to an announcement made by head coach Lizzy Stemke on Wednesday.
Perri, a 6-0 outside hitter from Richland, Mich., joins the Bulldogs after playing her freshman season at Purdue University. Perri saw action in five matches for the Boilermakers posting blocks against Central Michigan and Tulane and recording two kills in three attempts versus Duquesne. Purdue advanced to the Elite 8 in 2010, and Perri earned the Sue Jurkonis Award for strongest freshman.
"We welcome Elena Perri and the Perri family into our Bulldog volleyball family for the fall of 2011," Stemke said. "Elena will join us in Athens immediately to immerse herself in summer school sessions and summer workouts with our strength and conditioning staff here at Georgia. Elena is a great kid with a wealth of exposure to high level of competitive volleyball. Elena has experience playing in the middle and the right side, and she will provide much needed depth for the Bulldogs at those positions."
Prior to her stint at Purdue, Perri was a three-time all-state selection from Gull Lake High School earning honorable mention accolades her freshman and junior seasons and second team honors as a sophomore. Perri also served as team captain for three seasons and earned Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region 11 honors as a senior and was named to the Wolverine Conference all-league first team as a sophomore. Perri also played club volleyball for the Michigan Netz Dead Frog team for six years and during club play suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries before her junior and senior years.
Academically, Perri was named one of Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation's top 19 students for the 2009-10 school year after earning a 3.9 grade point average or higher for at least seven semesters. Perri graduated from GLHS with Distinguished Honors and was a representative on the Student Senate and Captains Council as well as a member of the National Honor Society.