Women's Hoops announces additions of Olbrys and Sorrentino

AMHERST, Mass. University of Massachusetts women's basketball head coach Mike Leflar announced the additions of transfers Megan Olbrys and Aleah Sorrentino on Thursday afternoon.

“Our staff and I wanted to add more aggression and scoring to the frontcourt, and we did that,” Leflar said. “Aleah and Megan are experienced post players from good programs. Both are all-in at UMass and want to be a big part of moving our program forward.”

Olbrys joins the Minutewomen after spending the last two seasons at Villanova, where she appeared in 18 games in her sophomore season. As a freshman with the Wildcats, Olbrys appeared in 25 games and hit 51 percent of his field shots that year. The Norwood, Massachusetts native scored nine points against South Florida and added a career-best seven rebounds during the 2022-23 season at Creighton. The 2022 Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year and three-time Tri-Valley League MVP averaged 16.2 points, 11 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game at Norwood on her way to becoming a 1,000-point scorer.

“I recruited Meg in high school and am excited for her to return to her home state and UMass,” Leflar said. “Meg is such a versatile player and I’m looking forward to her making an impact all over the pitch for us. She is physical in the post and can also stretch the floor. Meg will make the most of her opportunities and I look forward to helping Meg become the best player she can be.”

Sorrentino comes to Amherst after spending the 2021-22 season at Ole Miss before spending two seasons at Lipscomb. The Palm Bay, Florida native averaged 12.3 points per game on 47 percent from the field and 6.4 rebounds per game for Lipscomb during the 2023-24 season. Sorrentino had 19 games with double-digit points, including a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds against Central Arkansas. During the 2022–23 season, Sorrentino averaged 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and set the Lipscomb high school single-season record for offensive rebounds with 94. She was named a four-star prospect and top 100 prospect by ESPN and was her class representative and valedictorian.

“I am excited to welcome Aleah to UMass,” Leflar said. “She brings aggression and goals to our frontcourt. Aleah played significant minutes at Lipscomb and was an impressive player there. I look forward to bringing her experience to our squad and also helping her expand her game. Aleah will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact and will help return our program to the top of the A-10.

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