November 14, 2018

Buckeyes Ink Four on National Signing Day



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four student-athletes signed on the dotted line to join the Ohio State women’s volleyball team for the 2019 campaign. Gabby Gonzales, Reilly MacNeill, Kylie Murr and Mac Podraza submitted their National Letters of Intent to become Buckeyes.

Gonzales is a four-year letterwinner at Walton High School. The six-foot-three outside hitter is a three-time All-Area and All-Georgia selection. She has led the Raiders to four consecutive state championship titles and was named the 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year. She also helped her team to a national championship and was selected as the MaxPreps and Junior of the Year. Gonzales has earned First Team All-Cobb County recognition every season and was a 2017 MaxPreps First Team All-American. She recently secured Under Amour First Team All-America honors as a senior. Gonzales has spent her club career with A5 Volleyball as a three-time AAU All-American and 2018 JVA All-National Team member.

Coach Carlston on Gabby: “Gabby is an elite attacker and an incredible passer, one of the best in the country. Her calm demeanor and competitive persona will allow her to come in and make waves as a freshman. I think Gabby is going to make our program better right away.”

MacNeill is quite familiar with Gonzales, as they have played together at Walton High School and for A5 Volleyball over the last four years. The 2018 Under Armour Second Team All-American has four state championships and a national championship title on her résumé. As a six-foot-two middle blocker, MacNeill is a three-time All-Area and two-time All-County pick. She also surpassed 1,000 career kills during her senior year. With A5 Volleyball, the team has finished in the Top 5 at the JVA Nationals every year.

Coach Carlston on Reilly: “Reilly has always been gifted and it’s great to see her really thriving this past year. I think she is going to surprise a lot of people during her career as a Buckeye. She has a tremendous sense of humor that is always welcome with our team.”

Over the last three years, Murr has racked up All-Indiana, All-Hoosier Heritage Conference and All-County honors every season while competing for Yorktown High School. She helped the Tigers win a pair of state championships in 2016 and 2018. The defensive specialist broke the school’s single-season record with 754 digs as a junior. Murr led the team during her senior year with 565 digs on her way to a spot on the 2018 Under Armour Second Team All-America squad. The Muncie, Ind. native is a member of the Municana Volleyball club, where she has won back-to-back national championships and has been named an AAU All-American three times.

Coach Carlston on Kylie: “Kylie’s competitiveness and her tenacity on the court is really impressive. On top of that, she has a contagious personality that makes those around her better. We can’t wait for her to join our family and begin what is going to be an amazing career as a Buckeye.”

Podraza is a native Buckeye hailing from Sunbury, Ohio. The 2016 OCC Player of the Year and First Team All-District selection lettered four years at Big Walnut High School. As a six-foot-one setter, Podraza earned First Team All-OCC twice and recorded her 1,000th career assist during her junior season. She made the All-District first and second teams as sophomore and junior, respectively. Podraza truly shined as a senior after being named District and OCC Player of the Year. On top of that, she added Under Armour Second Team All-America laurels and was invited to participate in Ohio’s state all-star match. Podraza plays club ball with Mintonette Sports, where she led her U-16 team to a USA Volleyball Girls Juniors National Championship. She is a two-time USAV All-American and JVA All-National Team member.

Coach Carlston on Mac: “We are excited Mac’s path led her to be a Buckeye. She is one of the best setters in the nation coming out of high school and will make an impact right away. Mac has a winning mentality that will help our program do great things in the coming years.”