Volleyball Signs Two Standout Preps

Nov. 17, 2009

SEATTLE - Washington volleyball head coach Jim McLaughlin has announced the signing of two standout prep players to National Letters of Intent. Outside hitters Kaleigh Nelson and Gabbi Parker, both from Oregon, will join the Husky program beginning in the fall of 2010.

'They are good kids in many ways. They are athletic and they have good arms,' said McLaughlin. 'They both really like to compete. They're going to fit into this program and make a commitment to becoming as good as they can become. I think we got two special kids.'

An outside hitter at 6'0' tall, Parker led Sheldon High School of Eugene to the Southwestern Conference title her junior year and was named league Most Valuable Player. Sheldon went on to finish fifth at state, best in school history. Parker was named to the All-State Second Team. One year earlier, Sheldon placed sixth at the 6A state tourney. Last weekend, Sheldon once again improved one spot on its all-time best finish, placing fourth at the 2009 state tournament.

As a member of the Webfoot club team, Parker was named Tournament MVP of the 2008 Emerald City Classic in the 16 Open division held at the University of Washington.

'The coaching staff is so kind and welcoming as well as the girls on the team,' Parker said. 'I love Seattle, and the volleyball program is incredible. I couldn't ask for a better opportunity than what Washington has to offer.'

Nelson is a product of Sprague High School in Salem, Oregon. The 6'0' outside and middle hitter led the Sprague Olympians to the Central Valley Conference title and was named Conference Player of the Year as well as to the First Team for the second time. She played club ball with the Nike Northwest Juniors.



Sprague High's Kaleigh Nelson.


'I was looking for a great program with great coaching, and a fantastic school for my future education. I've watched Washington win a national championship under Coach McLaughlin, and I believe that they can do it again and again,' said Nelson. 'Not only are they great coaches for volleyball, but I know they will teach me things that will help me be successful in life after college. I'm looking for a once in a lifetime opportunity and Washington has it. I know in my heart that this is the one of the best decision's I'll ever make and I'm very excited for the next four years to come.'

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