CHAPEL HILL – Head Volleyball Coach Joe Sagula is thrilled to announce the addition of three new Tar Heels to the 2022 roster: rookie Sadie Swift, Ella Bostic and Maddy May.
“I am very excited to welcome the next members of our Class of 2022 who complete our new class of freshmen as one of the top signing classes in the country,” Sagula said.
“We have all the pieces and all the positions to continue to build our program to compete at the highest level for years to come.”
Last name: Maddie May
Hometown: Greenville, North Carolina
High school: DH Conley
The club team: Triangle Volleyball Club
A four-year letter winner at DH Conley High School, Maddy May is an outside hitter under coach Jennifer Gillikin. As a rookie, May helped the Vikings finish second in the 3A state championship and win the Big East Conference championship as a starting hitter on the right side. As captain in her sophomore season and junior season, she helped lead her team to a 3A State Championship and was named 3A State Championship MVP, Big Conference Player of the Year. East and the team’s defensive player of the year. May also played at Triangle Volleyball Club as a libero under coaches Robin Bugg and Aaron Harrison.
“Maddy will immediately have a big impact in our gym with her work ethic and athleticism,” Sagula said.
“She’s a physical defender and covers a lot of ground. She reads the game well, having played in multiple positions throughout her career and has a high volleyball IQ. And most importantly, Maddy knows how to win. “She proved it as a state champion at DH Conley, and she’s passionate, driven, a leader. We’re very happy to keep one of the best players at home here in North Carolina.”
Hailing from Greenville, North Carolina, May is the daughter of Josh and Beth May and has a younger sister, Sophie. May is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, and a 2020 DH Conley Health Science Award winner. She plans to major in sport in Carolina with the goal of becoming either an athletic trainer or a surgeon.
Last name: Ella Bostic
Height: 6′ 0″
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
High school: Carmel High School
The club team: munciana
A three-year letter winner from Carmel High School, Ella Bostic is a setter for coach Kristine Deem. A three-time draft pick in all varsity conferences, Bostic captained the varsity team in her senior year and surpassed 2,400 career assists. She also earned her second all-district recognition and was named to the All-USA Central Indiana Super Team.
Bostic played club volleyball at Munciana for coach Mike Lingenfelter and was teammates with the current Carolina rookie Mabrey Shaffmaster. Among the many accolades she has received during her time on the club circuit include being named a 2019 AAU All-American, a 2019 JVA National Team selection, a 2020 AVCA Phenom roster, and a Top-150 preparatory volleyball selection. She also helped Munciana win an 18th Open AAU National Championship title in 2021.
“Ella just keeps getting better every time we see her compete,” Sagula said. “Her growth over the past two years has got us all very excited about her future as an attacking leader with great skills. She has a championship spirit as well as the experience of leading her team to AAU titles and compete at the highest level. She continues to elevate her game and I know she will be well prepared for this next step here in Chapel Hill being from the same program as Nia Parker-Robinson and Mabrey Shaffmaster.”
Bostic is the daughter of Amy and Brad Bostic and has two siblings, Bonnie and Cal. She comes from a distinguished athletic family. His sister, Bonnie, is a sophomore on the Yale volleyball team and his father, Brad, played on the Indiana University football team. His uncle is Rex Grossman, the former University of Florida All-American quarterback who was named the 2001 AP College Football Player of the Year. His paternal grandfather, Sid, played basketball at the University of South Dakota, helping the Coytotes win the NCAA DII National Championship in 1963.
Bostic plans to major in business with a minor in costume design with the goal of working in the fashion industry and building a high fashion brand.
Last name: Sadie Swift
Position: Batting/blocking midfielder
Hometown: Austin, TX
High school: Stephen F. Austin
The club team: Roots Volleyball
A four-year letter graduate from Stephen F. Austin High School, Swift plays center tackle for coach Kiley Woods. A three-time all-district first-team draft pick, Swift helped the Maroos win a 26-6A district championship as a senior and was named co-team MVP and defensive MVP. A two-sport athlete, Swift is also a four-year all-district letter winner on the college basketball team as a forward/post.
She plays club volleyball for Austin Performance and Roots Volleyball under coaches Lindsay Rosenthal Jessica Brannan, helping her team win a USAV Nationals 15U National Championship title while also being named to the USAV All-Tournament Team Nationals 15U.
“Sadie is going to surprise a lot of people and be a great Carolina player,” Sagula said.
“She’s long, moves really well and has a snappy arm. As a multi-sport athlete, she knows how to compete and lead her team on and off the pitch. Sadie is going to make an impact with her athleticism and commitment to the game. “I am proud that she is a Tar Heel. She will be a key player in our program and our future.”
Swift is the daughter of Becka and Whit Swift and has a younger sister, Emmy. She is currently an Austin ISD Trustee Scholar, placing in the top ten percent of her class for the past four years.
“These three Tar Heels will not only bring a competitive passion for the game, with varied experiences, but they are also exceptional students in their class and will represent Carolina at the highest level during their careers at Chapel Hill,” said Sagula.
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