Lexi Gin Commits To Penn State Volleyball

Lexi Gin became the second member of Penn State women’s volleyball’s 2025 recruiting class when the 5-foot-6 libero/defensive specialist from Indianapolis, Indiana, verbally committed to the Nittany Lions Thursday afternoon.

“I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to Penn State University to further my academic and athletic career,” Gin wrote on Instagram. “A big thanks to coach Katie [Schumacher-Cawley], coach Brian [Toron], and coach Dan [Gwitt] for this amazing opportunity. Thank you also to my parents, teammates, and coaches who helped and supported me along the way. We Are.”

Her high school volleyball program at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School announced the commitment on Twitter:

Gin’s commitment follows the announcement of 6-foot-4 outside hitter Marin Collins of Hamburg, New York, who picked the Nittany Lions on June 18. Both attended the program’s second annual 7 Star Camp on June 11 at Rec Hall, playing alongside 2024 Penn State commits Izzy Starck and Ava Falduto, among other talented prospects.

Gin, a rising junior, is one of the nation’s most sought-after defensive specialists in her cycle. She helped Brebeuf Jesuit Prep go 32-3 and win the 2021 IHSAA 3A state championship as a freshman. The program re-classified to Indiana’s 4A level prior to the 2022 season, going 26-4 following a 3-1 loss to eventual state champion Yorktown in the regional semifinals.

Gin has 547 digs, 82 aces, 67 assists, and five kills in 201 sets played halfway through her high school career, per MaxPreps. She has been her team’s primary defensive specialist the last two seasons, as 2024 Wisconsin commit Lola Schumacher has held down the Braves’ libero job. Gin had a career-high 30 digs in a 3-2 win over Yorktown on August 18, 2022.

Gin and Schumacher both play club volleyball for Munciana, the same program that produced four-time AVCA All-American Jonni Parker and Penn State career digs leader Kendall White, who finished with 1,994 as a Nittany Lion. Parker was club teammates with White before arriving at Penn State. Parker, now an elementary school teacher, is Gin’s head coach on Munciana’s 16 Blaze team this spring.

“Lexi is a talented player, but even better person,” Parker told DigNittanyVolleyball. “She’s a vocal leader on the court, a hard worker, and willing to do anything to get better. I told her to work hard day in and day out, to be the best version of herself, to of course chase great in everything that she does.”

Gin spent this week competing with her teammates at AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Any questions Gin has about what it’s like to play for the Nittany Lions can be answered by Parker, a former Big Ten Freshman of the Year and three-time team captain alongside Gabby Blossom. Gin is the latest Munciana standout to commit to Penn State and can look to White, a veteran pro and USA volleyball regular, for inspiration at her position.

Gin and Collins can now help Penn State’s coaching staff continue adding talented prospects to the program’s 2025 recruiting class, which is likely going to be larger than the Nittany Lions’ most recent classes, due in part to the amount of players scheduled to exhaust their collegiate eligibility following the 2024 season.

Gin and Collins have two more years to work on improving their skills and volleyball IQs before enrolling at Penn State. They will be eligible to officially visit Penn State’s University Park campus beginning August 1, 2023, but college coaches were permitted to begin contacting 2025 prospects on June 15.

Gin and Brebeuf Jesuit Prep will begin their 2023 campaign and quest for another state title at home on August 12 against Northview High School, a team the Braves beat 2-0 in the third match of a season-opening tripleheader last August.

“I’m excited to see what her future has in store,” Parker said. “It’s even sweeter that it’s in Happy Valley.”