April 26, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - Three highly-touted community college players have committed to play volleyball at Washington State University, Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said Thursday.
Junior transfers Frances Sandor, from Stockton, Calif., Amy Small, from Pullman, Wash., and Rachel Holbrook, from Stevenson Ranch, Calif., will don the crimson and gray uniforms for the Fall 2007 season.
Sandor, a 6-0 middle blocker, played at San Joaquin Delta College and was a second-team All-America selection last season. She was a two-time all-conference first team selection for the San Joaquin Athletic Association and a two-time first team All-Nor Cal honoree. The Lady Mustangs were conference champions in both 2005 and 2006, and went on to be state runners-up in 2005. Sandor was named to the all-state tournament team in both years and earned MVP awards as several tournaments during her SJDC career. She was a two-time all-league and all-area player on Lincoln High's volleyball team which captured back-to-back conference titles her sophomore and junior years. She also played on the Delta Valley Club teams coached by Garren Allala and Richard Chan. Sandor graduated a year early and entered San Joaquin Delta College.
"As a player, Frances combines strong all around skills with a high volleyball IQ. She will compete for playing time immediately at the outside hitter and right side hitter positions," Heffernan said.
Small, a 5-6 setter, played the past two seasons at Walla Walla Community College. As a freshman Small helped the Warriors to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship and the team finished third in the league her sophomore season. She was named All-NWAACC in 2006 and also named to the all-academic team. She was awarded team's 2006 most inspirational player award. At Pullman High, Small was the Great Northern League volleyball MVP as a senior and the Greyhounds had seventh and second-place finishes in the state 2A classification. She also was a three-time state tennis doubles champion. Small played for the Palouse Juniors Volleyball Club.
"It has been Amy's dream to be a Cougar since she was very young," Heffernan said. "We are excited to add an exceptional student and goal-oriented athlete. Amy will compete for playing time at the setter and backrow positions."
Holbrook, a 5-7 outside hitter, played at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., where she was named to the 2006 Western State Conference first team. Sophomore year she captained the Cougars volleyball team which lost in the first round of the playoffs. At Hart High, the volleyball team won the league championship her junior year and she was named CIF honorable mention as a senior. Holbrook was a four-time scholar-athlete. She played for the Santa Clarita Athletic Club, Synergy and SC Elite volleyball club teams. Her older sister, Stacey Holbrook, was a libero/defensive specialist for the Washington State volleyball team in 2002 and 2003.
"Rachel is a strong student and a very team-oriented athlete who will add depth and skill to our team as a backrow defensive player," Heffernan said.
The WSU volleyball season will open its 2007 by hosting the Cougar Challenge Tournament Aug. 24-25.