Volleyball Adds Two To 2004 Roster

April 14, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State volleyball team has added two players to its 2004 roster, coach Nancy Somera announced Wednesday.

Nina Baltimore (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei HS) has signed a letter of intent to attend OSU in the fall, while Kristy Mortensen (Alamosa, Colo./Alamosa HS) has transferred to OSU from Northeastern Junior College.

Baltimore, a 5-6 libero, helped Mater Dei win the CIF Southern Section Championship, and her team was the California state runnerup. She also competes for Golden West Volleyball Club, which has qualified for the Junior National Championships this summer.

'Nina is an exceptional defender with a natural touch on the ball. She is already incredibly skilled in passing and will only need to adjust to the level of college serving to help us immediately in serve receive,' Somera said. 'She also has the mental make-up to be a great libero at this level.'

Mortenson, a setter, was a 2003 AVCA Two-Year College second team All-American for Northeastern JC. She led Northeastern to the National Junior College Tournament, where the team finished sixth. She is studying education and early childhood development.

'We've had Kristy in the gym for three weeks, and her rate of improvement has been great,' Somera said. 'She's shown great poise, and it's encouraging to see her training for the fall.'

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