Volleyball Adds Pair of Transfers to Roster

May 13, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. -- One junior college and one college transfer have signed to play volleyball for Washington State University next fall, Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan announced Friday.

The newest Cougar volleyball players are Adetokunbo (Tokunbo) Faleti, a 5-10 outside hitter transferring from Barton County Community College (Great Bend, Kansas), and Te'ara Epps, a 6-1 middle blocker from Tulare, Calif., who is transferring from Cal State Los Angeles where she was an AVCA Div. II Honorable Mention All-American in 2004.

Faleti was an NJCAA All-Region VI second-team and an All-Jayhawk West Conference second-team selection in 2004 as Barton County went 18-9 overall after winning the NJCAA National Championships at 36-1 in 2003. Faleti prepped at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, where she lettered in volleyball, basketball and track. In volleyball, she earned several individual honors including three-year high school MVP honors, 2001 Most Improved Player, 2001-2003 Defensive Specialist/Defensive Player of the Year, 2001-2003 First Team All District, 2002 and 2003 Offensive Player of the Year, and Arlington Player of the Year. Faleti has also competed for the BCCC track team as a 41-foot triple jumper. She placed fifth in the triple jump at the NJCAA National Championships helping her team to the 2003 national title.

'Tokunbo is a well-conditioned athlete and disciplined student,' Heffernan said. 'We were immediately impressed by her on-court demeanor. She is very positive, has lots of fun competing and is a great role model for her team. Tokunbo's athleticism and the strength of her personality will allow her to make an immediate positive impact on Cougar Volleyball.'

Epps was an All-California College Athletic Association (CCAA) first team selection in 2003 and 2004 and second team selection in 2002. The CSLA Golden Eagles volleyball team finished the 2004 season with a 17-11 overall record and played in its 10th NCAA Div. II Tournament in the last 13 years. Epps' 4.18 kills per game average and .387 hitting percentage were both third-best in league and she also contributed 0.95 blocks per game, 11th-best in CCAA. She was a three-sport (volleyball, basketball, track) athlete at Union High.

'Te'ara has the ability to contribute immediately and will provide a welcomed physical presence in the middle,' Heffernan said. 'I first saw Te'ara as a senior in high school playing club volleyball. At that time she was very raw but extremely athletic. Over the past three years she has been able to put up impressive numbers as an attacker at Cal State Los Angeles. She is looking forward to the new challenges the level of Pac-10 will present and we are looking forward to helping her rise to these challenges.'

Faleti and Epps join fall 2004 Cougar volleyball signees Natalia Owens, a 6-1 middle blocker, from Lima, Peru, Brittany Johnson, a 5-9 middle blocker from Phoenix, Arizona, and Jalen Pendon, a 5-8 outside hitter from Spanaway, Wash. Johnson and Pendon started classes at WSU in January and participated in spring drills and tournaments with the Cougs.

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