Volleyball Adds Two Talented Players for 2018
The Roughrider volleyball coaching staff has announced the signing of two prep standouts who will be joining the team in the fall of 2018. Pilar Daugherty and Zeleya Loop both signed their National Letters of Intent this week. Head Coach, Zach Shaver commented, “Both players are going to bring excitement to their respective positions because of their athleticism.”
Pilar Daugherty is a 5’9″ setter from Las Cruces, NM who played for Onate High School and Diamondback Volleyball Club. She is interested in studying Sports Marketing. She has earned a 3.82 GPA, Academic Letter (4 years). Pilar has also been a member of the National Honors Society (3 years), Junior Leadership Organization, Student Council (State Qualifying Delegate), and Key Club. When it comes to athletics, Pilar has accomplished a lot including; 3 year starter on the Varsity volleyball team, 1st team All-District (2016 & 2017), Setter of the Year (2016 & 2017), and Team MVP (2017). As a sophomore starter, she helped lead her team to an undefeated District Championship and 2nd place finish in state playoffs. Pilar is also an accomplished track athlete who has qualified for the NM State Meet in shot put (2015-2017), won back to back District Championships, and finished 3rd in NM her junior year.
Daugherty stated, “I chose YC because it felt right in many different ways, from the coaching staff to the work ethic of the team as well as the community. I feel like YC is the place to guide me through my journey athletically as well as academically.” She also said, “I’m looking forward to my big incoming class and to be pushed by the returning talent in addition to growing while working hard together to achieve something amazing.”
When asked for feedback about Pilar, Coach Shaver said, “The sky is truly the limit for her, her athleticism and work ethic will help her become a high level setter who can be the X factor in matches.”
Zeleya Loop is a 5’8″ outside hitter from Tucson, AZ who played for Canyon del Oro High School and Southern Arizona Volleyball Academy. She plans to major in Psychology. In 2016, Zeleya earned Offensive Player of the Year for Canyon del Oro HS and Region 4A Kino Player of the Year.
When asked about her choice, Loop said, “I chose Yavapai because the campus, the city, and the volleyball program all felt like a home for me. I knew I would be pushed to work hard and reach my full potential in the classroom and on the volleyball court.” She also added, “I am looking forward to meeting new people and creating new memories as a Roughrider. I am extremely excited to pursue my volleyball career while being a part of the Roughrider family and to fight alongside my teammates.”
Coach Shaver said, “I am sure most people’s first impression of Zeleya is that she would be a libero (defensive player), but as soon as they see her attack a volleyball, they will feel sorry for the player trying to dig her attack. She is one of the most aggressive and confident players that I have recruited, and those traits are a necessity to being a successful outside hitter in my opinion. I am sure she will continue to surprise a lot of people when she steps on the court for Yavapai!”
Pilar and Zeleya join 5 other high school seniors who have committed to Yavapai Volleyball for the fall of 2018. They include Skylar Redd (5’8″ outside hitter from Casa Grande, AZ), Annie Harte (5’10” outside hitter from Glendale, AZ), Lexi Cole (5’11” middle blocker from Clovis, NM), Lacie Tenney (6’1″ middle blocker from Mesa, AZ), and Victoria Logan (5’5″ libero from Kingman, AZ).
The Roughriders will open the 2018 season in Roswell, NM while competing in the New Mexico Military Institute Classic.