Oregon Volleyball Signs Top Recruits For 2001-2002 Season

April 19, 2001

EUGENE - The University of Oregon volleyball team will bring in two top recruits for next season, Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira announced today. Katy O'Neil, a 2001 Gatorade Player of the Year selection for the state of Oregon and Stephanie Martin, a sophomore at the College of Southern Idaho will both attend Oregon for the 2001-2002 season.

Martin, a 6-3 middle blocker from Mesa, Ariz., will transfer from the College of Southern Idaho and will be a junior at Oregon next season. Martin, who was slated to join the University of Arizona after high school, finished her two-year career at Southern Idaho with 796 kills and 439 blocks and was the NJCAA player of the year last season. Martin led Southern Idaho to its seventh national title in eight years en route to being named MVP of the conference, region and national tournament in 2000.

'Stephanie is the No. 1 recruit in the country,' Ferreira said. 'She was highly recruited out of high school and is the caliber of athlete that we're looking to attain. She's not a freshman - she's not going to be good tomorrow, she's good today.'

O'Neil, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Gresham, Ore., was named the state Gatorade Player of the Year. O'Neil led perennial powerhouse Gresham High School to a third place finish at the Class 4A state tournament and finished her senior season with 229 kills and 316 digs and was a first team all-state selection in 2000. She was also a first team all-Mt. Hood Conference selection as well as a two year starter on the Nike Northwest Junior Volleyball Club.

'Our number one priority was to improve the physicality of our roster,' Ferreira said. 'I feel that we did a very good job of recruiting and were able to accomplish that.'

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