April 30, 2013
BEAUMONT - With a player from England already set to be in the mix next season, Justin Gibert turned to overseas talent once more as Beniece Douch is set to join the program next season after an accomplished prep career in New Zealand.
"I'm very excited about adding Beniece to our team and extending Lamar's international prominence in volleyball," head coach Gibert said. "She fills a need at outside hitter, but she's also bringing a six-rotation presence at the position. We expect her to be able to contribute early with a dynamic and exciting style of net play as well as a higher level of control behind the attack line. In addition, she brings a wealth of experience and maturity as an accomplished court and sand player that will bring a higher level of volleyball knowledge to a young team."
Douch, a native of Tauranga, which sits on the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's North Island, comes to Beaumont after spending the majority of her youth in the national team setup for both indoor and beach volleyball. A 5-8 outside hitter, she'scompeted around the world with various Kiwi indoor teams, ultimately resulting in an invitation to the New Zealand women's junior national team for last fall's Asian Championships.
On the beach, Douch has been a consistent elite performer as well, taking home a gold medal along with partner Alice Bain at the U19 New Zealand Championships in 2012. She's also shined in a number of international beach tournaments, most recently at the Swatch Youth Championships in Cyprus, Greece, where the team placed 17th.
Douch also competed scholastically for Bethlehem College in both indoor and beach volleyball, earning team MVP honors and Sportswoman of the Year in the process. She also played basketball and netball.