April 23, 2012
PULLMAN - Alyssa Wold and Aurora Vasquez will join the Washington State University volleyball team next season, Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny announced Monday.
"We are excited about the addition of Aurora and Alyssa. Both will bring some experience to our young team in positions where we need depth," Greeny said. "Aurora is a hard worker and will be a great addition to the outside hitting position. Alyssa has tremendous experience as a setter running the system we use and is a great leader on and off the court. We are thrilled they will be a part of this program."
Wold is a 5-10 setter from Spokane Valley, Wash., who played for Greeny at Lewis-Clark State College in 2009 and 2010. She did not play last season as she recovered from an injury. Wold had an outstanding prep volleyball and track career at West Valley High. She earned All-Great Northern League MVP honors twice for volleyball and was a two-time all-state honorable mention selection as the Eagles claimed fifth and eighth place state finishes her last two years. As a high jumper, Wold took eighth place and third place at the state meets. At LCSC, Wold was a leader on the Warriors' Frontier League 2009 and 2010 championships teams. LCSC went on to place 12th and fifth at the National NAIA Volleyball Championships in those seasons. Wold graduated from high school with a 3.86 grade point average and was a Dean's List scholar at LCSC with a 4.0 gpa her sophomore year. She plans to study movement studies and sports nutrition at WSU.
"My choice of WSU was an exciting one to say the least. Returning to play volleyball for Jen and Burdette is an honor and definitely an amazing opportunity," Wold said. "Having experienced two years with them at Lewis-Clark State College, I am confident in saying that they know what they are doing. Everything that they stand for and believe in is right on track and has proven successful. It was an easy decision to make when asked to return into their new program at Washington State. They truly care about each player as an individual first and foremost in order to connect the team as a whole and as a family. Pullman is an amazing town with so much support for the school and its athletes. I have so much respect for the Greenys and their coaching staff and what they are doing at WSU and in the Pac-12 and am so proud to be a part of it and returning to family!"
Vasquez is a 5-11 outside hitter from Spanaway, Wash., who will receive her AA degree from Highline Community College this June after attending Bethel High and graduating from Graham Kapowsin High School. Vasquez played two years at HCC for Coach Chris Littleman, earning first team All-Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges honors as a freshman, and was NWAACC Player of the Year as a sophomore. Vasquez led the NWAACC in kills and was second in hitting percentage in 2010, and was second in kills per game in 2011 when the Highline team won the league title. Vasquez was tabbed with the president's award for having over a 3.5 grade point average in 2011. She will pursue courses in pre-med at WSU.
"I chose WSU because the players were just so nice and so were the coaches!" Vasquez said. "They definitely treat you as their own and not just a player. It seemed like everyone knew everyone around campus, and I really like that! It just seems like the kind of environment I want to spend my next two years in."
Wold and Vasquez join previously announced 2012 volleyball newcomers defensive specialist Kate Sommer and opposite hitter Ann Stecowska.