Oregon Volleyball Signs National Junior College Player of the Year
April 20, 2001
EUGENE - The University of Oregon volleyball team has acquired the National Junior College Player of the Year, Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira announced today. Stephanie 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. 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.'
Martin finished last season first in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with 276 blocks (1.73 per game) and was second in hitting percentage (.385). In the championship match against Ricks College, Martin had a game-high 16 kills and nine blocks. In 22 attempts, Martin had just one error to post a .682 hitting percentage.
A solid all-around player, Martin finished the 2000 season averaging 2.79 kills per game, 0.51 service aces per game and 2.11 digs per game. Southern Idaho finished its championship season 49-5 overall. In Martin's two seasons, Southern Idaho was 95-8.
'When I came to visit, it just blew me away,' Martin said. 'It didn't really have much to do with what I saw, it was just a gut feeling. Hopefully I can come in and make a difference. I'm a little nervous, but I'm really excited to play in the Pac-10.'