Fredrick Adds Five to Cougar Volleyball 2003 Roster

Nov. 21, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Three outstanding players from the Northwest, joined by a Canadian Junior National player and the Nevada Player of the Year, have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and play volleyball for Washington State University next fall, Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick announced Thursday.

Joining the Cougar volleyball program in the fall are: McKenzie Burgess, a 5-11 outside hitter from Benton City, Wash., Jessie Camp, a 6-1 right side hitter from Gresham, Ore., Kelly Rosin, a 6-1 outside hitter from Springfield, Ore., Liz Spear, a 6-3 middle blocker from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, and Jennifer Todd, a 6-3 middle blocker from Henderson, Nev.

'Considering that we have five seniors to replace, I think we have replaced them with some very, very good talent,' Fredrick said. 'I'm excited because with Kelly, McKenzie and Jessie, we are getting some great players out of the Northwest.'

'It's going to be a different look in that this recruiting class is much taller than the players we've had in the past,' Fredrick observed. 'This is a real competitive group of players. Hopefully they'll be able to keep the tradition of Cougar volleyball rolling.'

Washington State is currently ranked 13th nationally and fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference standings. The Cougars wrap up the regular season at Oregon and Oregon State this week.

Burgess is a two-time all-area Player of the Year selection. She was named to the all-state team last week after tagging 35 kills in the title match and leading Kiona-Benton City High to the Washington state 2A championship. The Bears volleyball team amassed a 32-2 record on the court this fall. Burgess also is an outstanding basketball player and won the state shot put title last spring after second and third place finishes her first two years of throwing.

'McKenzie Burgess is a very, powerful and explosive player,' Fredrick said. 'She has a really nice strong arm swing and that will be a great addition for us as well. We're excited because she is a Washington kid with great experience from a small school.'

Camp attends Gresham's Sam Barlow High which finished second at the Oregon state championships. Camp is a two-time all-state tournament first-team selection. She is a member of the Portland Volleyball Club which finished eighth at the Davis Festival last summer. Camp was also selected to play at the Junior National Team High Performance Camp. She plans to pursue a career in criminal justice.

'Jessie Camp is from a really good club program in Oregon,' Fredrick said. 'Jessie's probably going to play right side for us but could play left side. She will be a great right side addition because we're going to need that position with LaToya (Harris) leaving. Jessie is a strong player with a real serious intent about volleyball. We like that as well as her competitive drive and her ability to block.'

Rosin, from Springfield High, is a two-time All-Midwestern League selection and was named league MVP both her junior and senior seasons. Rosin earned second team all-state volleyball honors last year. She also high jumps for the track team at Springfield High. Rosin plays for the Webfoot Juniors 18 Gold Club team for former University of Oregon head coach Cathy Nelson.

'Kelly Rosin comes in as one of the best players in the state of Oregon, without a doubt,' Fredrick said. 'She will give us some added power on the outside and a little difference in what we've seen because she's taller. She played club for Cathy Nelson and has been well-trained and is very competitive. She'll add a lot to that outside hitting position.

Spear attends Clayton Heights Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia. She is a member of the 2001 2002 Canadian Junior National Volleyball team. She plans to pursue a math teaching major at WSU.

'Liz Spear will bring some added height to the team in the middle and loves to be a middle blocker,' Fredrick said. 'Her experience with the Canadian Junior National team will benefit her and us greatly.'

Todd preps at Green Valley High in Henderson, Nev., where she is a highly touted volleyball and basketball player. Todd led the Gators to a state volleyball championship as a junior and a fifth-place finish this fall. She was the Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for the state of Nevada as a junior. Todd was a member of the Junior National A2 team and her Nevada Juniors Club team finished fifth at the Junior Olympics last summer. Todd will pursue a pre-med major at WSU.

'Jennifer Todd comes from a very, very strong club program down in Las Vegas. Jennifer has great potential as a middle blocker as well. With her height and some good power it gives us great depth in that middle hitting position.

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