Cougar Volleyball Signs Aussie Recruit

Nov. 28, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Tara West, a 6-0 middle blocker from Western Australia, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Washington State University, Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan announced Monday.

'Tara has a very strong and competitive personality,' Heffernan said. 'One of the most important questions she asked on her visit was about the competitive spirit of Cougar volleyball. Tara will be instrumental in helping her Cougar teammates restore a feisty and competitive on-court demeanor for our program. She loves to compete and everyone is looking forward to the intensity she will bring with her into our gym. As a player we believe that Tara will make an immediate impact for our team.'

West, who will enroll at WSU for spring 2006 classes, comes from Rossmoyne, Western Australia. She transfers after one year at the Australian Institute of Sport where she played in volleyball tournaments in Thailand and Vietnam. West was also a member of the 2001 Australian Youth team that played in the Asian Youth Championships in Thailand and a member of the 2002 Australian Junior team that played in the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan. She was twice selected to an All-Star 6 team, awarded to the top six players in a tournament.

West joins earlier signees Corina Beyer, a 5-9 setter/outside hitter from Hayden Lake, Idaho, and Kelly Hyder, a 5-9 libero from Huntington Beach, Calif.

'As a group, Kelly, Corina and Tara will impact Cougar volleyball both on and off of the floor,' Heffernan said. 'Each of these athletes has competed successfully at the very highest level. The high standards they have for themselves, their confidence and their drive will be a great benefit to our program.'

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