Cougar Volleyball Inks Oregon Outside Hitter Purscelley

April 18, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Kristin Purscelley, a 6-3 outside hitter from Springfield, Ore., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball next fall at Washington State University, Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick announced Wednesday.

Purscelley was an all-state volleyball selection last fall as her Springfield High team took ninth place at the Oregon state tournament. She was also named the Midwestern League's most valuable player as a senior after earning all-league accolades the previous two years. Purscelley was a three-year varsity letterwinner on coach Terrisa Cook's Springfield team and earned honorable mention all-state honors as a junior.

In addition to volleyball, Purscelley played forward on the varsity basketball team for the past four years, earning third-team all-league honors the past two years as the Millers won the league both seasons.

Purscelley has grown up in the club volleyball system, playing for three years for coach Dinah Pflugrad on DAC, and the past two years for coach Cathy Nelson and the Webfoot Volleyball Club. Nelson is the former volleyball coach at the University of Oregon.

'I think it is exciting to bring something we haven't seen in the Washington State program for a couple of years and that is some serious height,' Fredrick said. 'Kristin brings the uniqueness of having a great six-foot-three body with the ability to hit outside. That's an uncommon thing, to have someone that tall hitting on the left side. We're exciting about the prospects of Kristin playing either right side or left side. We're excited about bringing in another player from the Northwest.'

Three fellow Oregonians are already on the Cougar team: LaToya Harris (Portland), Kerry Lewis (West Linn), and Kali Surplus (Gresham).

Purscelley joins incoming freshman Victoria Prince, a 6-0 middle blocker from Kamiakin High, Kennewick, Wash., who signed with Washington State last November.

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