LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s volleyball coach Grayson DuBose announced Friday four players – Elle Brainard, Alyssa Everett, Rachel Orr, Kaityln Van Hoff – who have signed National Letter of Intents to compete for the Aggies beginning in the fall of 2011. “We are very pleased with this recruiting class, it gives us some experience and size,” said DuBose. “The individuals coming in are not only good volleyball players, but are good people and students, and they will do a wonderful job representing Utah State.” Brainard, a 6-5 outside/opposite side hitter from Saratoga Springs, Idaho (Westlake HS/Club Utah) earned first-team all-region honors all four years in high school, including first-team all-state accolades in 2009 and 2010. She was also named her team’s Best Offenisve Player in 2009 and Most Valuable Player in 2010. Along with her high school and club experience, Brainard was also a member of the Junior Olympics team helping them to a 25th-place finish in the Club Division in 2009 and an 18th-place finish in the Open Division in 2010. “Elle brings a lot of experience and size to our gym,” said DuBose. “She has a lot of potential and will help us continue to compete at a high level in the WAC. Our fans are going to enjoy watching her play.” Everett, a 6-2 middle blocker from Perry, Utah (Box Elder HS) is currently a sophomore at the College of Southern Idaho. During the last two years, she has started 59 of 71 matches and played in 241 sets, and hit .318 in league matches this past year. As a freshman, she helped CSI win the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. As a prep standout at Box Elder High School, Everett earned all-region and all-state honors as both a junior and senior, leading the Bees to a third-place finish at the state tournament as a junior. “Alyssa brings a wonderful amount of playing experience to our team, winning a junior college national championship in 2009,” DuBose said. “This experience will allow her to quickly adapt to the level of play in the WAC. She will enroll at USU in the spring of 2011 giving her extra time to learn and understand our system.” Orr, a 6-0 outside hitter from Thatcher, Ariz. (Thatcher HS/Club Red) earned first-team all-region honors as a sophomore, junior and senior helping her team win the 2A state championship in 2008, followed by runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010. She also earned first-team small school all-state honors twice in volleyball and was a three-time state high jump champion in track. “Rachel brings a lot of experience to our team,” said DuBose. “She has played volleyball for a long time, has a nice arm and good ball control which will increase the level of competition in our gym. Being a high jumper in high school as well makes her a polished athlete that will make us better.” Van Hoff, a 6-0 middle blocker from Draper, Utah (Alta HS/Club Utah) earned all-region honors as both a sophomore and junior, and honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore. She also helped Club Utah win three-straight region championships and finish in first-place at two different qualifiers. “Kaitlyn is one of those smart middle blockers that will quickly adapt to the level of play in college because she understands our style,” said DuBose. “She has been well coached throughout her club and high school career which will allow her to quickly adapt to the WAC and collegiate volleyball.” -USU-
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