Roughriders Ink the Final Two For Their 2017 Freshman Class
The 2017 freshmen class for Yavapai Volleyball has grown to 6. Recently the Roughriders signed 5’11” middle blocker Makenna Busse and 5’9″ outside hitter Emma Moody. The pair will join Nynke DeVries (OH-Netherlands), Kanani Hiapo (S-Gilbert, AZ), Victoria McCarty (L-Phoenix, AZ), and Raymi Hernandez (S-Flagstaff, AZ) to complete the 2017 freshmen class.
Head Coach Zach Shaver said “This is a very talented group of incoming players that we feel will blend nicely with our nine returning sophomores. The entire team is focused on achieving our goals in the fall of 2017 and we can’t wait to get them in the gym together in August!”
Makenna Busse hails from Susanville, CA where she played for the Grizzlies of Lassen High School and earned All-League (Northern) honors both her junior and senior years. For club volleyball Makenna makes the journey to Reno, NV to compete for Northern Nevada Juniors Volleyball Club and be coached by Amy Morris. In her first full season of competitive club volleyball Makenna has earned a starting position as a middle blocker on the NNJ team which competes in the Open division. Her team recently qualified and played in the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Championships which were held in Dallas, TX. Busse plans to major in Biology. While at Lassen HS she placed 3rd in a school wide Econ MOCK interview and placed 4th in northern sectionals testing for hospitality management. Coach Shaver described Makenna as “An extremely athletic player who is as aggressive as they come! Her jumping ability and outstanding arm speed will allow her to attack effectively all along the net. We expect Makenna to challenge our 3 returning middle blockers as soon as she arrives on campus.”
Emma Moody makes her home in Payson, AZ where she played for the Longhorns of Payson High School on the varsity team since her sophomore year. Moody also plays for Club Payson and coach Shelli Creighton. on April 29th she concluded her club volleyball career with a 3rd place finish in the 18’s Championship division for the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball. During her junior year her team finished 5th. Although Emma is currently undecided regarding her intended path of study she has had several academic achievements while at Payson HS including, Payson Rotary Club Student of the Month and Payson High School Student of the Month. Future Framers of America (FFA) has also been a huge part of Emma’s life. Some FFA achievements include; being elected Payson FFA President 2 years running, 3rd in state for Agricultural Sales two years in a row, 6th place in state for Meats evaluation, Grand Champion show steer, Grand champion Market steer two years in a row, awarded the JR Cullison award, and received an FFA scholarship for college. When describing Emma Coach Shaver said “Her confidence, competitiveness, and desire are apparent immediately. She has extremely good hand contact when attacking which will allow her to be an effective attacker on the left side. I am excited to see what she can accomplish because she has tons of potential!”
The Roughriders will return to Prescott on Saturday August 5th with a “Meet & Greet” event (which is open to the public) to be held at 1:30 pm in Walraven Gym. The team will open fall camp practices on Monday August 7th and their 1st scrimmage will be at Embry-Riddle University on Tuesday August 15th at 4:00 pm. Matches officially get underway on Friday August 25th in Las Vegas at the Coyote Classic hosted by College of Southern Nevada.