Volleyball Adds Three to 2010 Class
Nov. 18, 2009
Mona Kressl Kelsey Zimmerman
5-11 | Setter
6-4 | Middle Blocker/
6-1 | Outside Hitter
Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State volleyball team adds three to its 2010 class, announced Wednesday by head coach Taras Liskevych.
Tayla Woods (Corvallis, Ore./Santiam Christian HS), Kelsey Zimmerman (Bend, Ore./Summit HS) and Mona Kressl (Langenzenn, Germany) will join the 2010 Oregon State volleyball roster.
Tayla Woods (Corvallis, Ore./Santiam Christian HS) 5-11 Setter
Tayla Woods was named the PacWest Conference Player of the Year as a junior and senior, adding All-PacWest First Team honors as a sophomore and junior. Woods earned Class 3A All-State First Team accolades the past three seasons, leading her team to the OSAA 3A State Championship. And she is a two-time Class 3A Tournament Second Team selection. She was named to the conference second team as a freshman and earned All-State honorable mention honors.
Adding to her success on the volleyball court, she also is has been recognized on the basketball court. Woods was the PacWest Conference Player of the Year last season, earning three straight conference first team nods. She was named to the Class 3A All-State First Team, adding a tournament first team accolade as well.
“I first saw Tayla as a seventh grader playing in the Boys & Girls Club and was very impressed,” Liskevych said. “She is a great all-around athlete who is a quick learner and a fierce competitor. She makes all her teammates better.”
“I chose Oregon State because after a short time around the coaches, I realized that they care a lot about their players and are willing to go above and beyond to help the players to succeed,” Woods said. “I'm very excited about going to Oregon State and getting to know the players and coaches better.”
Mona Kressl (Langenzenn, Germany) 6-4 Middle Blocker/Opposite
Mona Kressl has spent the past six years playing for the Rote Raben Vilsbiburg club team, advancing from the fourth level Bayernliga in 2004-05 before moving to the third level Regionalliga the following year. The past four years, she has played primarily on the second team which competes in the 2nd Bundesliga, with a stint as a back-up middle blocker for the first team during the 2008-09, the year they finished runner-up in the 1st Bundesliga regular season and won the German Cup. Additionally, Kressl was a member of the German Junior National Team and competed in the 2007 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championships.
“Mona is every bit of 6-4, and that height will help us at the net – primarily in the middle and opposite,” Liskevych said. “She has just begun to scratch the surface as a player, and she is hard working with a very good attitude.”
“It’s a big step – going abroad, foreign language, university and a totally new environment but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Kressl said. “I was just so delighted to have been offered the chance to go to OSU. Attending Oregon State University offers me the opportunity of studying and playing volleyball at the same time. Apart from that, Oregon State University is one of the best universities in the field of engineering and that is the direction I intend to take. I really enjoyed my visit to OSU and I feel that everybody is very friendly and helpful. I’m very much looking forward to being a member of the OSU volleyball team.”
Kelsey Zimmerman (Bend, Ore./Summit HS) 6-1 Outside Hitter
Kelsey Zimmerman comes to Oregon State after earning back-to-back All-State Tournament First Team honors as a sophomore and junior. Last season she earned All-State First Team honors, adding All-IMC First Team accolades after leading her team to a third place finish at the Oregon Class 4A State Tournament. As a sophomore, she was named to Prep Volleyball’s top 79 sophomores. She was named the Qwest Player of the game in the championship match with her team finishing second in state.
During the 2009 season, Zimmerman was a unanimous choice to the All-State First Team, as well as All-State Tournament First Team, after leading her team to an OSAA 5A Tournament second place finish. She was also named Intermountain Conference Co-Player of the Year and an Oregon State Championship Qwest Player of the Game. Zimmerman will graduate from Summit in December, beginning classes at Oregon State during the Winter 2010 term as a greenshirt.
“Kelsey’s athleticism will enable her to be a factor at the net in attacking and blocking in the Pac-10,” Liskevych said. “And her work ethic and quickness are two ingredients that will also make her a very good all-around player for us.”
“Getting the opportunity to play collegiately in my home state is a dream come true,” Zimmerman said. “As soon as I visited campus and met the coaches, I knew it was the right place for me. I love the welcoming atmosphere that surrounds the Oregon State campus.”
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