Volleyball Signs Three Players To Letters Of Intent

Jan. 17, 2006

SEATTLE-- The National Champion Washington volleyball team has received National Letters of Intent from three high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2006 season, fifth-year head coach Jim McLaughlin announced.

The newcomers include 6-1 middle blocker/outside hitter Kindra Carlson (Eaton, Colo.), 6-2 middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah) and 6-2 outside hitter Becky Perry (Austin, Texas).

'We are thrilled with the group we have signed for the class of 2006,' said McLaughlin. 'We believe all three players will be great additions to the program and will help fill some of the holes that will be left by our departing seniors. We had targeted Becky and Kindra early in the process as two of the recruits we felt would fit in extremely well with our existing players. Shantell is a physical player we picked-up later in the recruiting process who jumps very well. They are very talented players but also have the strong character we look for in our student-athletes.'

Carlson attends Eaton High School where she is a four-time all-conference selection, two-time all-state tournament pick and 2002 All-State honorable mention. An All-American for the Front Range Volleyball Club, Carlson, led the team to a third place finish at the 2005 AAU National Championship with an 18-1 record. She also led Front Range to a 16-1 mark and the Far Western Qualifier Championship in 2003.

'Kindra is a middle blocker/outside hitter and has exceptional athletic ability as well as a powerful arm,' said McLaughlin. 'Although she is physical, what I admire most about Kindra is her ability to compete every play. She is not afraid to work hard from start to finish. She is very bright and should be able to pick up our system very quickly. She comes from a wonderful family and will be a tremendous asset to the team. We expect great things from her in the future.'

Durrant attends American Fork High School which placed second at the 2004 regional. A member of the Summit Volleyball Club, Durrant led the squad to second place finishes at the 2005 Big South National Qualifier and Crossroads National Qualifier in the club division. An academic all-region selection and honor roll member, Durrant has received the Student of the Month award twice in Social Sciences and Trades and Technology.

'Shantell is currently a middle blocker,' said McLaughlin. 'We will see where she fits best in our system. As I said earlier she jumps well and wants to become a great player. She will provide us with some depth and in time strong net play during her career.'

Perry attends Bowie High School where she is a first team All-District selection and second team All-Central Texas honoree. An Academic All-District pick, Perry was named to the Fraulein Fest All-Tournament team and was Austin ISD Tournament MVP earlier this season. Perry plays club volleyball for the Austin Juniors 17 Mizuno. She was a 2005 USA Youth National Team alternate and earned a gold medal at the 2005 USA High Performance Championships. Perry was recently named to the PrepVolleyball.com All-America team.

'Becky is an outside hitter who is very quick, jumps well and has very good arm speed,' said McLaughlin. 'What impressed me most about Becky is her commitment to volleyball at the junior level. There is no doubt she wants to make an impact at the next level and is willing to do what it takes to become a great player. As physical as Becky is she has a very good feel for the game at this point in her development and her instincts will improve as she develops a complete skill level. As she learns how to approach things day to day and address the areas of her game she needs to address the sky is the limit. I can't wait to get in the gym and coach her. We expect great things from her in the future.

'As with any player that comes into our program, no matter how skilled they are, a lot of this group's success will depend on how hard they work and how well they adapt to our system. However, because they are strong competitors, I believe they will see quickly what it takes to be successful at this level and will immediately put forth the effort necessary to make the kinds of contributions we expect from each of them.

'While all three of our recruits are exceptional volleyball players, what really sets them apart from some of the other top talent is the fact they are extraordinary people. All three have a lot to offer our program other than their athletic talent. I enjoyed getting to know these young ladies and their families. With the success we have had recently, it is critical that we bring in players who will not only help us on the court but also fit in well with the other players who remain. Becky, Kindra and Shantell will be able to do both. We feel very fortunate that these three players have chosen to come to the University of Washington and will be able to help us continue to build a top program.'

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