Volleyball Adds 4 on National Letter of Intent Signing Day
November 1st is important for Yavapai Volleyball not only because they are hosting the District B / Region 1 semi-final match but it is also National Letter of Intent “signing day”. The Yavapai Volleyball program had 4 impressive recruits sign their National Letters of Intent this morning finalizing their commitment to become Roughriders in the fall of 2018.
Skylar Redd is a 5’8″ outside hitter from Casa Grande, AZ. She intends to major in Nursing or Business Management. Skylar’s academic achievements include being named Rotary Student of the Month, being inducted into the National Honor Society, and having having a 3.8 GPA. She is also an active member of the high school DECA and FFA. While playing for Casa Grande High School Skylar has made the Pinal County All-Region 1st Team, been named Player of the Week in her junior and senior years, and helped her team qualify for the Arizona State Championship Tournament during her sophomore year. While playing for Aspire Volleyball Club, she led her team to a Girls Junior National Championship bid and a Silver Division win at the prestigious Colorado Crossroads Tournament. When asked about becoming a Roughrider Skylar said “I am looking forward to further developing myself as a competitive volleyball player while I continue achieving my goals of a higher education for myself.”
When asked to evaluate Skylar Redd head coach Zach Shaver said, “She is a well rounded and complete outside hitter who still has untapped potential. I like her calm yet competitive demeanor on the volleyball court and her desire to become a member of our program was apparent throughout the recruiting process.”
Annie Harte is a 5’10” outside hitter from Glendale, AZ. Annie plans to pursue her BSN in Nursing. Academically she has earned a 3.86 GPA. While playing for Deer Valley High School Annie played on the Varsity squad all 4 years and was on the “Underclassman to Watch” list her sophomore year. Harte also earned All-Region 2nd Team her junior year and is currently making a post season run toward the Arizona State Championship Tournament. While competing for Livewire Volleyball Club, her teams have qualified for the Girls Junior National Championship 3 times. When asked about becoming a Roughrider Annie said, “What excites me the most about becoming a Roughrider is being able to bond with new teammates and seeing how I can improve at the college level as well as being a part of such an awesome program.”
Coach Shaver’s comments about Annie Harte included “You can’t miss her competitiveness, when you walk by a court where Annie is playing volleyball she catches your attention right away. She is solid at all aspects of the game for her position but her aggressive attacking stands out. I am looking forward to her “fire” being in our gym!”
Lexi Cole is a 6′ middle blocker from Clovis, NM. Lexi will enter Yavapai College as a Nursing major and she earned Academic All-District honors for 2016-2017. While playing at Clovis High School Cole was voted to the All-Tournament Team for the Zia Classic both her junior and senior years and led her team to a 1st Place finish at the Zia Classic this year. She was also selected as a member of the All-District Team her sophomore and junior years including First Team last year. Lexi is currently leading her Wildcats team on a run in the New Mexico State Playoffs including a match tonight in Albuquerque. When asked about what she was looking forward to most about becoming a Roughrider Lexi said, “Becoming apart of the Roughrider family and all of us having a common goal to achieve success on and off the court.”
When questioned about Lexi Cole Coach Shaver said “She has the physical tools and volleyball skills to be an outstanding middle blocker in the ACCAC. She is fast, jumps well, and has a knack for being in the right place when it comes to blocking. I am excited to see her development as she transitions to the collegiate game!”
Audrey Brown is a 6’2″ right side hitter from Gilbert, AZ. Audrey intends to major in Education with an emphasis in Art. She is currently a member of the National Art Honors Society. During her senior season she has led her Valley Christian High School team to a record of 22-10 which earned the Trojans a first round bye in the Arizona State Playoffs. Outside of high school Brown plays for Club One. When asked about signing with Yavapai Audrey said, “The things I most look forward to about becoming a Roughrider is being able to compete at a high level, challenge myself academically, and form new relationships.”
In regards to Audrey Brown Coach Shaver said “I am excited that Audrey chose to join our program because she is a force to be reckoned with on the right side! She puts up a big block and is a dominating attacker. She posses length at 6’2″ but is also quick enough to run 1st tempo attacks. Audrey is exactly what we look for in our right side hitters.”
“This is a great start to our 2018 freshman class.” stated Coach Shaver. “We will be graduating 8 sophomores so we still have quite a bit of recruiting to do but these 4 outstanding young players will make our program stronger right away.” Returning for the Roughriders will be the 6 current freshmen who are currently in the midst of the District B Playoff race as they try to earn a bid to the NJCAA DI National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, KS.