UE Volleyball announces three signees


Aces add impressive class for next season 

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville head volleyball coach Fernando Morales has announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent to join the Purple Aces program for the 2024 season.  Morales’ class includes Josdarilee Caraballo, Jenna Heidbreder and Sabrina Ripple.

Josdarilee Caraballo 

Ceiba, Puerto Rico

Notre Dame High School

Josdarilee Caraballo joins the Purple Aces from Ceiba, Puerto Rico where she played volleyball and softball.  She was a member of the Puerto Rico U-19 and U-21 National Teams and played her club volleyball for Criollas Caguas.  Caraballo earned several MVP awards for her various teams in multiple categories.

Coach Morales on Caraballo:

“Josdarilee is a very well-rounded player and primarily plays outside hitter.  She is a great passer and with her 6’0 is a threat on the net as well.  She is a member of the Puerto Rico U-19 and U-21 national team and is one of the top prospects in Puerto Rico for her class.  We expect a lot from her starting at day one.”

Jenna Heidbreder 

Floyds Knobs, IN

Floyd Central High School

Jenna Heidbreder comes to Evansville from Floyds Knobs, Ind. where she was a 4-year star for the Floyd Central HS volleyball team.  Heidbreder enjoyed her best season as a senior in 2023, finishing with 371 kills and 261 digs.  Her kill tally led the Hoosier Hills Conference.  The 2-time Hoosier Hills All-Conference player was named an IHSVCA All-District South player and Academic All-State performer as a senior.

Coach Morales on Heidbreder:

“Jenna is an outside hitter that had a great high school career, especially in her senior season.  She was named to the Indiana South All-Regional team this year and her high school team was sectional champions.  She can be an outside hitter that can score and will develop into an all-around player.”

Sabrina Ripple 

Reynoldsburg, OH

Reynoldsburg High School

Sabrina Ripple is set to join the Purple Aces following her high school career at Reynoldsburg HS in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.  In her senior campaign, Ripple finished with 114 kills, 57 blocks and 54 aces on her way to 1st Team All-Conference honors.  The Scholar-Athlete All-Conference player was the recipient of the Reynoldsburg HS Girls Volleyball Leadership Award.

Coach Morales on Ripple:

“Sabrina is a middle blocker that can help us defensively starting at day one and can develop into a double threat player in both hitting and blocking.  She brings good energy to the team and will give us depth in that position.”