Volleyball Adds Three Players For The 2005 Season

Nov. 12, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three student-athletes will join the Oregon State University volleyball program for the 2005 season, announced Beaver head coach Nancy Somera on Thursday. Jordana Price of Mountain Home, Idaho, Kaitlyn Myers of Camino, Calif., and Ashley Evans of Wilsonville, Ore., will all join OSU's squad.

Price, a 6-1 middle blocker and opposite, will join the Beavers after graduating from Mountain Home High School. She attended Hillcrest High School in Idaho Falls, before transferring to Mountain Home for her senior season. An All-State performer, Price was selected to participate in the Idaho All-State All-Star Matches. She was also a member of the Inter-Mountain Region's High Performance Team that traveled, trained, and competed this past summer in Argentina.

'Jordana has a desire to play volleyball at a very high level and she has the physical attributes to match,' said Somera. 'With her desire, along with good jumping ability, the upside is there. She's been able to experience international competition with her involvement in the USA Volleyball developmental program and is really excited about improving her game.'

Myers, a 6-1 outside hitter, will come to OSU from El Dorado High School. Myers helped lead El Dorado to the CIF San Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. She also played on the Gold Cal Jrs club volleyball team that qualified and competed in the 17-and-under open division at the Junior National Championships in Houston last summer.

'We're really excited about Kaitlyn's potential as a blocking left-side attacker,' said Somera. 'She's got long arms and attacks at a high point above the net. She's a hardworker and willing to put in the effort to improve, which is something you need to compete in this conference.'

Evans, a 5-8 setter, joins Oregon State after finishing her prep career at West Linn High School. The Three Rivers League Player of the Year and an All-State selection, Evans led West Linn to the OSAA 4A State championship in 2003 and a third place finish in 2004. She's also a two-time first team OSAA State Tournament selection.

'Ashley is a great competitor and what we look for in a setter recruit - she plays defense, can back set, can better bad passes, has a great serve, and displays great leadership,' said Somera. 'When one of the best setters in the country is in your own backyard, like Ashley, you find a way to get them here when they graduate.'

The Beavers will graduate a pair of players, Allison Lawrence and Amanda Eggert, at the end of the 2004 campaign which leaves shoes to be filled by the newcomers.

'We're definitely excited about the three players that we're adding,' said Somera. 'They give us good depth at all of our positions (middle, outside, setter) and I think all three are really excited about the future of the program.'

OREGON STATE VOLLEYBALL ADDITIONS FOR 2005:
Jordana Price (Mountain Home, ID/Mountain Home High School)
Kaitlyn Myers (Camino, CA/ El Dorado High School)
Ashley Evans (Wilsonville, OR/West Linn High School)

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