Volleyball Adds a Pair to 2009 Roster

April 13, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team adds 6-2 middle blocker Tami Brown and defensive specialist/libero Dianni Freeman to the 2009 roster, announced Monday by head coach Taras Liskevych.


Brown and Freeman join an already excellent 2009 recruiting class featuring November signees Megan McBride, a 6-1 setter from Auburn, Wash.; Camille Saxton, a 6-0 outside hitter from Balzac, Alberta; Alyssa ONeil, a 5-9 defensive specialist/outside hitter from West Linn, Ore.; and Ashley Eneliko, a 5-11 middle blocker/opposite hitter from Seattle, Wash.


Tami Brown (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon HS/Webfoot Juniors VBC)


Tami Brown, a 6-2 middle blocker, is no stranger to success in not only volleyball, but basketball and softball as well. During this school year alone, Brown earned first team All-Southwest League honors as a hitter and was named to the OSAA 6A All-State Tournament Second Team as a middle blocker in volleyball. Adding to that, she was a McDonald’s All-American nominee in basketball, and most recently, she was named the KEZI-TV Amateur Athlete of the Week.


“Tami is an outstanding, all-around athlete that has extreme upside as a volleyball player,” Liskevych said. “Until this year, she has been a three-sport athlete and has only played club volleyball in the last four months. She has the potential to be a very good Pac-10 middle blocker, and her competitiveness and maturity will also be valuable assets to our program.”


Throughout her career, Brown has earned four more All-Southwest League honors in both basketball and softball. She is involved in other ways in her school and community, participating in the International High School Program and devoting 180 hours of community service over the past two years.


Dianni Freeman (Tigard, Ore./Tigard HS/ASICS Athena Volleyball Academy)


Dianni Freeman, a 5-4 defensive specialist/libero, is coming off of a solid senior season, capped by Oregonian 6A All-State Honorable Mention accolades and first team All-Pacific League all-around honors. Freeman served as team captain for the past two seasons and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player both years.


Adding to her honors during the 2008 season, she was named to the second team All-Pacific League as a setter in 2007. She is also an Honor Roll student and a member of the Japanese Honor Society.


“Dianni is an excellent back row player and will help us in both the defensive specialist and libero positions,” Liskevych said. “She is extremely quick and is a very hard worker. We look forward to coaching her!”


“I absolutely love everything about the game of volleyball,” Freeman said. “I've always dreamed about one day playing at the Pac-10 level and at Oregon State, so having the opportunity to play at my top choice school is amazing! I am so excited to attend Oregon State and to be a part of the volleyball program. I can't wait to get started!”


Competing for the Beavers runs in the family as Dianni’s father, Shawn, was a letterwinner for the Oregon State men’s basketball team in 1987 and 88, helping the Beavers to back-to-back postseason appearances in the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.


The Beavers continue their 2009 spring schedule on Tuesday, May 5, in a match at Oregon at 5:30 p.m. before hosting Western Oregon at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, as part of the Willamette Classic.


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