Two Prep Players Sign with Fredrick for Fall 2004

Nov. 12, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Two outstanding prep volleyball players have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and play volleyball for Washington State University next fall, Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick announced Wednesday.

Joining the Cougar volleyball program in the fall are Kristin Kelley, a 6-3 middle blocker from Pasadena, Calif., and Nicole Martin, a 6-0 setter from Carmel, Ind.

Kelley comes from the Southern California Volleyball Club, the same club team Cougar setter Brenn Larson played for while in high school. Kelley has also attended the Toshiyoshida Elite Volleyball Camp. She is a four-year starter and leads the La Salle College Prep team in kills and blocks and as a senior has a .400 hitting percentage. Her father, Joseph Kelley, played basketball for University of Pacific. Kelley has a 3.8 GPA.

'Kristin is everything we want in a recruit,' Fredrick said. 'She has so much energy and so much tremendous talent. She is quick and tall and strong and is going to be a great addition for us. One of the areas she will really help us a lot with is her quickness. She can play middle and outside and that is exactly what we need to have. Her overall ability is just phenomenal.'

Martin played on the prestigious Circle City Volleyball Club and at Carmel High School. She is a three-year starter and set a school record for most assists in a season, 793. Martin earned all-state second team and All-Hamilton County honors this season as her team won the MIC conference title and the sectional championship. As a junior, she was the Indiana All-Star South Team captain and selected to the Indianapolis Star Super Team, the All-Metro North and All-Hamilton County Teams. Martin is the class recipient of the math and leadership program awards at her high school.

'One of the nerve-racking things for us for some time now is not having two scholarship setters,' Fredrick said. 'Any program at this level absolutely has to have more than one scholarship setter. We have been very fortunate in the past to not have injuries and looking at what has happened to Brenn this year, it really is apparent how important Nicole is for us. We have the option of running a 6-2 offense next year, we have the option of red-shirting Nicole and these are options we have not had in the past. She is a very, very strong competitor and a very talented young woman on a great club team, one of the best in the Midwest. She is going to bring a whole other dimension to our program and she and Brenn are going to make a great pair of setters.'

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