Cougar Volleyball Signs Four Prep Recruits

Nov. 19, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Three prep volleyball players from Washington state and one from Colorado and have signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball at Washington State University, Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan announced Monday.

The fall WSU volleyball signees are: Meagan Ganzer, a 6-3 outside hitter from Tahoma High, Kent, Wash.; Alyssa Hilby, a 6-3 middle blocker from Life Christian High, Tacoma, Wash.; Tangerine Wiggs, a 6-2 outside hitter from Holy Names Academy, Seattle, Wash.; and Breann Nesselhuf, a 5-9 setter from Swink High, Swink, Colo.

'This class adds needed physical size, power and skill to our program,' Heffernan said. 'We have very high expectations of this class and know these athletes are going to raise the standards and level of competition for playing time at every position in our program.'

Ganzer lead the Tahoma High volleyball team (11-8 overall) to a second-place finish and led the South Puget Sound League North in kills in 2007. She was the SPSL MVP in 2006 and named to the second team in 2007. Ganzer is a two-time all-area team selection for the Seattle Times and was named to the Tacoma News Tribune and King County Journal all-area teams in 2006. She is very active in school leadership positions and committees and was a player on the Puget Sound Volleyball Club.

'Meagan has a very powerful right arm and is quickly developing her skills to become a great all-around player,' Heffernan said. 'Her jump-serve and her passing skills are developing very quickly. Meagan has the physical tools to become the terminating hitter the Cougars need on offense.'

Hilby did not play her senior season due to injury after lettering her freshman through junior years at Life Christian Academy. She spent the fall of 2007 helping coach her high school volleyball team to a state 2B tournament appearance for the fourth consecutive year. She was a two-time All-Nisqually League first team selection and as a junior earned all-area (Puget Sound Region) and all-state first team honors as the Eagles took fourth place in the state championship. Hilby played for the Puget Sound Volleyball Club, participating in the Junior Olympics twice, and then played for the Kent Juniors 18s VBC which also qualified for the Junior Olympics. She is a four-year honor roll honoree at her high school.

'Alyssa is a very intelligent player with great volleyball IQ and lateral quickness as a blocker. She is a very physical and passionate competitor with the ability to control the net as a blocker and the potential to become a dominant offensive threat for Cougar volleyball,' Heffernan said.

Wiggs was the team captain on the Holy Names Academy volleyball team that finished placed fifth in the state 3A 2007 championships with a 19-9 overall record. The HNA Cougars took second place in the Metro Mountain League and second in the district playoffs. Wiggs led her team in kills, blocks and aces during the 2007 season and was a member of the Island Thunder 18s Volleyball Club. She was named to the prepvolleyball.com's senior aces list. Wiggs also is a co-captain of the school's speech and debate team and has two brothers who were members of the University of Washington football team.

'Tangerine is the diamond in the rough for this class,' Heffernan said. 'She possesses great athleticism and has a very fast arm. What has impressed us most about Tangerine is her attitude. She believes in her abilities and is always eager to learn from her experiences.'

Nesselhuf was a four-year starter at setter/outside hitter on the Swink High. The Lions had a 25-4 overall record, 11-0 record and first place in the 2A Santa Fe League for the 2007 season after going 23-7 in 2006 and finishing as state runners-up. Nesselhuf was a four-year all-conference selection, reaching first team honors three years, and was a four-year all-state selection, reaching first team twice. She was named to the all-state tournament team in 2006 by the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. Nesselhuf played on the Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club for four years, playing in the 2006 Junior Olympics and being named to the Rocky Mountain Region all-tournament team. With a 4.0 grade point average, Nesselhuf is the Swink class of 2008 valedictorian. In addition to being class president for three years and being highly involved with school activities, she was accorded the Kodak Young Leaders Award for 2007.

'Breann is a very powerful player who will add athleticism to the setter position,' Heffernan said. 'We were very encouraged by Breann's development as a setter over the past year. At camp last summer, Breann exceeded our expectations and we discovered that she learns very quickly.'

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