Roughriders Sign 3 To Volleyball NLI’s
Yavapai volleyball has solidified its roster by signing three more hitters to National Letters of Intent. Coach Zach Shaver announced today the additions of Shelby Mottram, Sydney Hauck, and Alexandra (Ali) Hauck to the Roughrider squad for 2014. “All three are extremely athletic and posses dynamic jumping ability!” stated Shaver.
Shelby Mottram is a 6′ middle blocker from Orange, California who currently plays for Prime Volleyball Club and finished her senior season at Foothills HS in the fall. Shaver was quoted as saying, “I was very excited when I first saw Shelby playing at the So Cal Qualifier Tournament! She posses the skills and athleticism that I feel will make her a strong middle blocker in the ACCAC. I expect her to challenge our two returning middles for playing time right away.” Shelby was a scholar athlete all four years at Foothills HS and during her freshman and sophomore years her team won the Century League Championship. During the 3 day Northeast Qualifier Tournament in Philadelphia her Prime club team earned their way into the Gold Bracket almost qualifying for the Junior Olympic Championships. Shelby intends to major in Business while attending Yavapai.
Sydney and Ali Hauck are both outside hitters who play the game of volleyball in very similar fashion, as they should since they are identical twins. Both are 5’10” and hail from Henderson, Nevada where they helped Coronado HS win the DI Nevada State Championship. Shaver said, ” Both Sydney and Ali will add the depth we need at the outside hitter position and both have the athleticism that will help them develop into strong outside hitters in our conference. The only difference I was able to see between them when they are on the court is that Sydney is a little better defensively and Ali is a little stronger offensively and that might be the only way I can tell them apart without jerseys on.” Sydney and Ali have both lettered in track all 4 years of high school and both qualified for their regional meet. In addition Ali qualified for the Nevada State track meet in high jump. Both were scholar athletes at Coronado HS and are undecided on their major at this time.
Coach Shaver added, “We try to create a team culture similar to a large family and we discuss what this means with every recruit we bring to campus. In 2014 our team will literally be family with two sets of twin sisters in our freshmen class.” Sydney and Ali Hauck will join fraternal twin sisters Kayle and Kelsey Park (setter & right side hitter respectively) who both signed with Yavapai in November. Shaver also mentioned, “Our coaching staff is very happy with the roster we have put together for 2014 and we are excited for our first practice on August 4th!”