Nov. 18, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Two prep volleyball players, one from Idaho and one from California, have signed National Letters of Intent to play at Washington State University, Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan announced Friday.
The Cougar volleyball early signees are Corina Beyer, a 5-9 setter/outside hitter from Hayden Lake, Idaho, and Kelly Hyder, a 5-9 libero from Huntington Beach, Calif.
Beyer, a senior at Timberlake High, led the Tigers volleyball team to third place in the 2005 Idaho state 3A volleyball championships where she was named to the all-tournament first team for the third consecutive year. A member of the Spokane Splash U-19 Black Club volleyball team, Beyer was named to the 2005 Junior Olympics National Division all-tournament team as the team took third place.
"Corina Beyer has the skills to make an immediate impact at the setter position," Heffernan said. "Corina will be able to provide additional experience and athleticism to our setter position. She is a strong athlete with great ball-control and understanding of the game. Corina may not stand tall in stature but with focus and commitment to hard work, she has the ability to stand out and become one of our leaders. Corina is a very team-oriented athlete and she looks forward to becoming a building block for team success."
Hyder, a senior at Huntington Beach's Edison High, led the Chargers to a No. 4 ranking in the California Division IIAA of the CIF Southern Section this season. A three-time all-Sunset League honoree, Hyder was named to California Challenge's Gold Division all-tournament team as well as the Steve Lewis Southern California Volleyball Association's most valuable player. A five-year member of the Golden West Volleyball Club, Hyder's 15s team won the Junior Olympics and she was named to that all-tournament team. Hyder was also selected to the prepvolleyballl.com website's Super Seniors 100 team, highlighting the top 100 prep players in the United States.
"We first began watching Kelly as an outside hitter for her club and high school teams," Heffernan said. "We were immediately impressed with her court awareness, athleticism and ability to make plays on defense. Her performance as a libero this past club season was second to none on a national level. Kelly is an elite defender and passer. With hard work we have no doubt that Kelly has the ability to set new standards as a passer and defender for Cougar volleyball over the next four years."