Volleyball Signs Standout Setter

Nov. 15, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Desma Stovall has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for Oregon State University for the 2002 season, coach Nancy Somera announced Thursday.

Stovall is a 6'0' setter (Santa Rosa, Calif./El Molino HS) who has been a four-time all-league honoree.

'Desma has everything it takes to be a great setter. She has unbelievable knowledge for as young as she is,' Somera said. 'As a coach, you hope that your setter will be an extension of you, and Desma will only learn more as she plays at a higher level. She is definitely competitive, and that will benefit our team as we take the next step.'

In 1999, El Molino was crowned the Northern California champions and went on to win the state title. In 2000, her team advanced to the Northern California semifinals. This year, her team has already won the Sonoma County league title and is still active in sectional competition.

Earlier this year, her team played at three tournaments for nationally ranked highschool teams, placing third at the Presentation High School Invitational, fourth at the Iolani Hawaii National Invitational and fifth at the Archbishop Mitty National High School Invitational.

On the club circuit, Stovall is the starting setter for the highly successful Empire Volleyball Club. As a freshman, she led the team to a 16-1 record and the team title at the Hawaii Invitational championship. Her sophomore year, the team was 18-2, and her junior year, Empire went 18-1 and won the BayView Classic title.

She will graduate from high school next month and will travel to Europe to play for a Spanish club team. She will play against other Spanish teams as well as teams from Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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