Nov. 29, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Three Washington State University volleyball class of 2013 signees have been selected to the 2012 Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams. WSU signed the most 2012 high school All-Americans among all the Pac-12 Conference member schools.
Emmy Allen, a 6-2 outside hitter from Mill Creek, Wash., was one of 24 high school seniors named to the Under Armour All-America First Team. Allen led her Jackson High School team to the third place finish at the 2012 Washington 4A State Championship Tournament after winning the state title in 2010 and two more top eight finishes. She was an all-tournament selection at the USAV national championships playing for the Washington Volleyball Academy club team.
As a member of the first team, Allen will play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition Dec, 16 in Louisville, Ky., in conjunction with the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Annual Convention. Allen was recently named The Herald's All-Area Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. Read the story here.
Kyra Holt, a 6-1 outside hitter from Hercules, Calif., and Haley MacDonald, a 5-11 setter from Bothell, Wash., were named to the All-America Honorable Mention Team. Holt led her Albany High School team to two Bay Shore Athletic League titles and she was named the league MVP three times and the East Bay Sports Player of the Year twice. Holt played on the Payes Performance Volleyball Club that finished third out of 32 teams in the 17-Open field at the 2011 USA Junior National Championships. She was one of 15 players selected to the USAV Junior National All-Tournament Team and is ranked 44th in PrepVolleyball.com's Top 100 players in the nation. MacDonald was a teammate of Allen's at Jackson High School and played on the state championship team as well as the three state tournament trophy teams. MacDonald was a four-time All-WESCO first team selection and on the Seattle Times All-Star team in 2011. She was named a 2012 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace.
The Under Armour All-America Awards nomination requires that the student-athlete be in her senior year in high school, that she be nominated by her high school coach, that her coach be a member of the AVCA and that her individual season statistics versus all opponents for the entire season be entered into MaxPreps.com, a free service that aggregates and distributes data on high school sports. A total of 100 girls were named to either the first, second or honorable mention teams.
"We are thrilled about this national recognition for Emmy, Kyra, and Haley. It is well-deserved and a testament to how hard they worked and the mentors they had training them through the years," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "We believed we had something special when we were recruiting them. Those kids believed in us as people and we'll always be grateful for that. Many people doubted our ability to collect this quality of recruiting class because these three had options all across the country that were Top 25 and NCAA Tournament teams. We know what we have here at WSU because we have lived it and we love it; it's special and different from other Pac-12 schools. Our Director of Athletics, Bill Moos, talks about changing the mentality and this is something our staff believes in 100 percent. We're going to consistently go after the best talent in the country and not take a back seat to anyone. This recruiting class is the start of good things to come for the Cougar Volleyball Program."
Allen, Holt and MacDonald will be joined at WSU in 2013 by Hailey Bethune, a 6-0 outside hitter from Stockton, Calif., Taylor Ellingsen, a 5-7 defensive specialist from Spokane, Wash., and Tani Stephens, a 5-7 defensive specialist from Albany, Ore.