Five To Join Volleyball In 2014
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Five high school student-athletes will join the Oregon State volleyball team for the 2014 season, head coach Taras Liskevych announced on Thursday.
The Beavers focused on the outside hitter position when recruiting for next season, and four with experience at the position will join the program. They include Mary-Kate Marshall (Coppell, Texas), Lanesha Reagan (Snohomish, Ore.), McKenna Hollingsworth (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Hannah Troutman (Powell Butte, Ore.).
The fifth to join the program is 6-foot-3 middle blocker Maddy Gravley from Corvallis’ Santiam Christian High School.
“This is as deep of a group that we’ve had come here,” Liskevych said. “We have a really good class coming in and look forward to it with anticipation. Our outside hitters can play all the way around. They play all six positions.”
Three of the incoming players have already been recognized nationally as Marshall and Reagan were named to the Under Armour All-America Second Team on Nov. 6 while Hollingsworth was selected as honorable mention.
Marshall will come to Corvallis from Coppell High School. She helped guide the program to a 47-3 record and Texas 5A State Championship in 2012, and was named all-district after the season. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter was on the all-tournament team for the USAV 17’s Nationals Open Division. The club, Texas Advantage, won the championship. Marshall has proven to excel in the classroom, earning Academic All-District honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
“We knew over two years ago when we first saw her that she is a diamond in the rough,” Liskevych said. “Her winning a state title in Texas last year and winning a junior national championship solidified that she will be a great addition to the program.”
Reagan, meanwhile, will join Oregon State from Snohomish High School in Washington. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter has helped guide the team to the top spot in the state. She’s been a MaxPreps Player of the Week six times and earned First-Team All-WESCO as a junior and senior and First-Team WESCO North as a freshman and sophomore. She has led the state – at all division levels - in both kills and kills per set during her tenure.
“We are excited about getting this top player from the state of Washington,” Liskevych said. “She has great all-around skills. She is a spectacular jumper and will draw a lot of excitement from the stands at Gill.”
Hollingsworth, a 6-foot outside hitter, comes from Tri-City Christian High School and is the San Diego County all-time leader in kills. In addition to her All-America Honorable Mention honor, she has also garnered first-team all-section and all-league awards during her tenure. She’s been Tri-City Christian’s Most Valuable Player each of the last three years and was a bronze medalist (2013) and gold medalist at Junior Nationals with the Coast Volleyball Club.
“McKenna is a six-skilled volleyball player who has set the record for kills in San Diego County,” Liskevych said. “She has played on several top Southern California clubs and will be a jack-of-all-trades for this team.”
Troutman has experience at not just outside hitter, but is also listed as a defensive specialist during her tenure at Crook County High School. She’s a first-team all-league and first-team all-state honoree while lettering four years. She’s served as team captain and most valuable player of the Rimrock Volleyball Club and has been named Player of the Year.
She was recently named The Oregonian’s Class 4A Player of the Year.
“Hannah is an outstanding athlete who has led her team to a state title,” Liskevych said. “She will add to our backcourt and possibly our front court.”
Gravley, who stands 6-foot-3, comes to Corvallis after four years at the varsity level at Santiam Christian. She was named first-team all-league as a senior and second-team all-league as a junior. Gravley led Santiam Christian to 3A state titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013. She was named first-team all-tournament as both a junior and a senior.
“We have seen her develop the last three years,” Liskevych said. “We feel she has a tremendous upside to be an outstanding middle blocker in our program. We look forward to having Maddy in our program.”
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