Nov. 18, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Brittany Tillman from Tacoma, Wash., and Kimika Rozier from Murrieta, Calif., have signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball at Washington State University, Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan announced Saturday.
"Both Brittany and Kimika are gifted athletes who can make an immediate impact on our team not just as athletes but as great people and gifted students," Heffernan said.
Tillman is a 6-1, middle/right side hitter from Lakes High School in Tacoma, where she lettered three years for coach Chuck Carone. She also played for the Puget Sound Volleyball Club with the U-18s gold team coached by Travis Sessler this year after the U-17s Gold team competed at the 2005 Junior Olympics. Tillman has also earned letters as a center/forward on the basketball team and as a shot putter on the track team at Lakes High. She is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to study broadcast communications at WSU.
"Brittany is a very raw athlete with great power and jumping ability," Heffernan said. "She has the potential to make an immediate impact and needed depth for our team in the middle or on the rightside as early as next season. Brittany is also an extraordinary student and has a personality that can light up any room she walks into."
Rozier is a 5-10, left side hitter from Vista Murrieta High School, in Murrieta, Calif., where she played for volleyball coach Kirsten Robarts. The Vista Murrieta team won the Southwestern League title this year with a 9-1 record and finished the year with a 23-4 record. She was named to the 2005 all-league team. Rozier also plays for the Temecula Valley Volleyball Club with wins at the Reno Volleyball Festival in the U-16s and also took bronze at the Junior Olympics. She plans to study engineering at WSU.
"Kimika is a tremendous jumper and student of the game," Heffernan said. "I have been so impressed with her development over the past two club seasons. She has been playing the middle blocker position and can get way over the net. We will be moving her to the left side hitter position and look forward to helping her to polish her ball control and defensive skills at this level. Kimika loves competition and we look forward to watching her raise the bar for all of our outside hitters."
The Washington State volleyball team will conclude its 2006 season with matches at No. 15 California and No. 3 Stanford Nov. 24 and 25.