Stanford Signs Two Blue Chip Atheltes To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 9, 2005

Stanford, Ca - Two of the nation's top high school senior volleyball players have elected to play their collegiate careers at Stanford University. Cardinal head coach John Dunning announced on Wednesday (11/9/05) the signings of outside hitter Janet Okogbaa and setter Joanna Evans to national letters of intent. Both student-athletes will enroll at Stanford University in the Fall of 2006.

'We are very happy with this recruiting class,' said Dunning. 'We needed to sign a setter, and Joanna (Evans) fits what we were looking for. And the addition of Janet (Okogbaa) makes this a great recruiting class.'

Okogbaa, considered one of the nation's top two high school recruits, is currently a senior at the Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Fl. Evans is a senior at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Ca. Both players have outstanding credentials on the court and in the classroom.

Okogbaa has been a member of the 2004 and 2005 United States Junior National teams, and helped her club team (Tampa Bay Juniors) win the gold medal at the Junior Olympic National Championships. Okogbaa has been named to several All-American teams (16-and-Under's, and AAU Junior Nationals) and was voted Prep Volleyball's 2003 National Freshman of the Year, and as well as an MVP award winner in 2004 at the Junior Olympic National Championship.

This past summer, Okogbaa was a teammate of current Stanford players Bryn Kehoe and Foluke Akinradewo at the World Junior Championships in Turkey.

'Over the past several seasons, it has been fun to see Janet grow as a player,' said Dunning. 'She has wonderful physical gifts, and she has a chance to become a great collegiate player.'

Evans, a participant in the U.S. Junior National Team program for three years (2002-04), has gained numerous high school athletic honors including the Hayward Athletic Association League Player of the Year in 2004. Evans is a three-time all-league player as a setter, and also named a Northern California Scholar-Athlete for four straight seasons. On the national level, Evans helped lead her team to a bronze medal at the 2003 Junior Olympic Volleyball Tournament, and earned All-American honors.

Evans, who has played club volleyball (Golden Bear in 2003-04, and Vision (2005-06), lists her hobbies are beach volleyball and playing the piano. Evans is a ranked (AA) beach volleyball player.

'Joanna is one of those players that we were drawn too because of her high development of skills both indoors and outdoors,' said Dunning.

Okogbaa and Evans have been named to Prep Volleyball's 'Senior Top 100 Aces.'

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