RUTHERFORD, N.J. – High-school seniors Angel Barrett (Columbus, Ohio/Dublin Coffman), Natalie Kashian (Secaucus, N.J./Secaucus) and Melissa Wydak (Clifton, N.J./Clifton) have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their volleyball careers at Felician University, Felician head women's coach John Chang has announced.
All three players committed to the Golden Falcons during the first two weeks of the 2019-20 NCAA signing period, which began on Nov. 13 and runs through the summer.
Barrett, 5-foot-10, was a 2019 First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) Central Division selection at outside hitter and a Second Team All-Central Ohio honoree for Dublin Coffman High School of Dublin, Ohio. She was part of four OCC championship teams for the Lady Rocks. Barrett also plays for the Elite Volleyball Club in Plain City, Ohio. She hopes to study exercise sports science or pre-physical therapy at Felician. "Angel is a player I've wanted for quite some time," said Chang, entering his seventh season with the Golden Falcons. "She comes from a great high school program and is prepared for continued success here at Felician."
"I'm so excited to become an official Golden Falcon," Barrett said. "I can't wait to play my favorite sport with my new favorite team!"
Kashian is a four-time North Jersey Interscholastic Conference All-Liberty Division awardee for Secaucus High, earning First Team honors three times. A 5-foot-2 defensive specialist/libero who owns more than 1,000 career digs, Kashian was a first-team all-Hudson County selection as a senior. She also competes in basketball and track & field for the Patriots and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Foreign Language Honor Society. She plays club volleyball for Conquest Elite in Cranford. She intends to major in nursing. "I have no doubt that Natalie will be a solid defensive contributor for our team," Chang said. "I look forward to working with her."
"As soon as I met the players, I knew Felician was where I belonged," Kashian said. "They made me feel as if I was already a part of their family. I'm so excited to begin this new chapter of my life."
Wydak is a 5-foot-5 setter and defensive specialist for Clifton High. She earned all-Passaic County and First-Team Big North Conference All-Liberty honors twice each. Wydak, who also plays basketball for the Mustangs, competed for the Allegro Volleyball Club, based in Denville. She expects to enroll in Felician's pre-medicine program. "Melissa will give us an aggressive back row presence as a setter, Chang said. "I'm happy to have her."
"Felician felt like a good fit for me as soon as I walked onto the campus," Wydak said. "The team welcomed me with open arms and I knew I would love it."
Also on Wednesday, Chang revealed that transfer student Tatyanna Kittendorf (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) has enrolled at Felician and intends to play volleyball. Kittendorf is a 6-foot-2 middle blocker and opposite hitter. "You never know quite where life will take you or how you'll get there," Kittendorf said. "But I believe Felician University was put in my path as a place where my abilities as a student and athlete could thrive."
The Golden Falcons (16-18, 13-6) won their first CACC North Division regular-season championship in 2019, setting school records for overall and conference victories for the second consecutive year. They reached the league semifinals for the first time, extending tournament host Holy Family University to five sets.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.