PUEBLO, Colo. (May 18, 2009) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball program has added four new signees with Colorado roots to their 2009 roster, head coach Chris Jonson announced today.
The ThunderWolves have added a pair of Columbine High School standouts from Littleton, Megan Koop (Columbine HS, Littleton, Colo.) and Randee Hayes (Columbine HS, Littleton, Colo.), Colorado Springs native and Sand Creek High School graduate, Britny Doole (Sand Creek HS, Colorado Springs, Colo.), and an Arkansas Valley product, McClave High School grad Jerrica Mallard (McClave HS, McClave, Colo.).
Koop, a 6-foot tall middle blocker, comes to CSU-Pueblo with teammate Hayes, a 6-foot tall outside hitter. Both helped Columbine to a 22-7 record in 2008 as the team qualified for the 5A state tournament. Koop registered 227 kills in 2008 en route to a 2nd team all-conference selection, boasting a .485 attack percentage. Hayes, a first-team all-conference selection, was an honorable mention all-state selection as a senior, finishing third in 5A with a .415 attack percentage and 33 total blocks. A defensive standout, as well, she was second in the conference in digs with 280.
Both have played club ball with the Colorado Juniors, and Hayes has participated in the Junior Olympic Nationals in five out of the past six years.
"Randee has a lot of successful playing experience against some of the best teams and players in the nation," Jonson said. "Both she and Megan have a great work ethic and excellent coaching, and will help our team to be successful."
Mallard, the Colorado 1A Player of the Year in 2008, was a first-team all-state and first-team all-conference selection at McClave. She helped McClave to a third-place finish at state in 2008, and led that squad in kills, attack percentage, aces, digs and passing percentage. A basketball standout, as well, she helped McClave to a state championship in 2009, and was named the tournament's most valuable player. Despite being only 5-foot-3, she could figure into the ThunderWolves' mix at outside hitter or libero.
"Anybody watching Jerrica can quickly see that she loves to compete," Jonson said. "She exceleld at two sports and we are happy that she chose volleyball and CSU-Pueblo. She is a very high-potential player, a gifted athlete and extremely motivated to be great."
Rounding out the ThunderWolves' signees is Doole, a 5-foot-7 defensive specialist who played in the Colorado Classix Volleyball Club and Club Stellar in addition to Sand Creek High School. She was coached by Nicole Davis, a libero for the 2008 USA Volleyball team, and has shown a great level of experience and skill, Jonson said.
"Britny came to our Specialty Camp last summer and immediately got all the coaches' attention," Jonson said. "She is very aggressive on defense and does a very well with ball control. She has received some great training and is very competitive and mentally strong."
The ThunderWolves will open their 2009 season at the UC-Colorado Springs Tournament on Aug. 28.