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Volleyball Signs California Defensive Specialist
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/10/2011
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Nov. 10, 2011

PULLMAN - Kate Sommer, a defensive specialist from Pacific Palisades, Calif., has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Washington State University next season, Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny announced Thursday.

"Kate is a great defensive player. She has high energy and will bring a lot of passion and enthusiasm to this team," Greeny said. "She has an absolutely wonderful character. We are really excited to have Kate join the program and she will be able to make an impact."

Sommer is a 5-4 senior at Lighthouse Christian Academy where the Saints currently have a 14-3 record. She is a three-time All-Coastal League selection and was named the league most valuable player as a junior. Sommer also earned All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) accolades last season. This fall she was named one of the top liberos on's Senior Aces, a list of the top 150 high school players in the country.

As a member of the Sunshine Volleyball Club, Sommer has competed at the Junior Olympics for the past five years.

Sommer is the youngest of six children and has two older sisters who played collegiate volleyball: Lindsey played at Concordia and Stephanie played at Cal State Fullerton. Greeny said Sommer was also considering playing collegiately at UC Irvine, Ohio State, and Arizona before choosing Washington State. She plans to major in education at WSU.

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