Volleyball Signs Two, Adds One Other For 2001

Nov. 8, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Two athetes have signed letters of intent to play volleyball at Oregon State while one other has announced her plans to attend OSU and be a member of the team, coach Nancy Somera announced Wednesday.

Allison Lawrence (Alta Loma, Calif./Rancho Valley HS) and Karah Rhoades (Burlington, Colo./Burlington HS) have signed letter of intents with Oregon State, while Monica Meihack (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County HS) has also been admitted to OSU and will be an integral partof the team as well.

'We are excited to be adding three really exceptional athletes to our group for next year,' Somera said. 'All three will add to the depth of our team. One of the things that attracted us to them is that they are extremely competitive in other sports, and we like that in our players.'

Lawrence, a 5-11 outside hitter, was named first team All-CIF as a junior and was a second team pick as a sophomore. She is a four-time all-league selection and was voted the league MVP as a junior and senior. She also plays for the Rancho Valley Volleyball Club, and she is a member of her school's track and field team as well, finishing as high as seventh in the high jump in the CIF. She is an honor roll student and ranks third in her class.

'The way Allison plays reminds me of athletes that I've coached in the past who went on to become All-American outside hitters,' Somera said. 'Allison has the ball control and backcourt skills to go with exceptional jumping and a classic arm swing, which are all needed to be an effective outside hitter. As a junior, she was one of the most consistent players on a very competitive Southern California club volleyball team, and I'm sure she'll be looked to as a leader again this year.'

Rhoades, a 5-9 outside hitter, was an honorable mention all-state performer as a sophomore and junior and was a three-time all-conference honoree as well. Rhoades has helped lead her team to the state quarterfinals three times. Her team won the district title all four years and was also a two-time league and regional champion. She also competes on her high school track team and is a four-time state champion (two 100-meter dash titles to go along with titles in the 200-meter dash and long jump). An honor roll student, Rhoades is also involved in FBLA, FCA and the drama club. She also plays for the Rocky Mountain Volleyball Club.

'Karah is one of the best pure athletes in her recruiting class around the country. She runs, jumps and moves better than any other athlete in her class,' Somera said. 'As her volleyball skills catch up with her athleticism, she'll be a very dominating player.'

Meihack, a 5-9 setter/outside hitter, is a first team all-state player who helped lead her team to the 1999 Nevada AAAA state championship. Her team is the 2000 Northern Zone champion and will be competing for another state championship later this week. She is a three-time all-conference selection, and she also plays for the Sierra Nevada Volleyball Club, one of the top club teams in the country. Meihack also plays basketball and was an honorable mention all-state pick as a junior. She is involved in National Honor Society and is a Silver State Scholar award recipient as well.

'We've recruited Monica as a setter, but she's a trained outside hitter as well, so her all-around game is at a more balanced level than you see for many incoming freshman,' Somera said. 'One of her greatest strengths is her desire to play at the highest level and to accept the challenge the Pac-10 will give her. She'll be setting one of the top club teams in the country this spring, which will give her the experience needed to come in and fight for playing time as a freshman.'

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