April 13, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. -- High school seniors Jackie Albright and Cassie Robbins have signed National Letters of Intent to play volleyball for Washington State University next fall, Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan announced Thursday.
Albright is an 6-0 outside hitter at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif., who averaged 4.18 kills per game with a .367 hitting percentage her senior season. The Chargers took second place in the South Coast League with an 8-2-1 record and advanced to the CIF semi-finals, ending the season with a 24-7 overall record. Albright was a two-time first team all-league selection and selected to the All-CIF first team as a senior. She has played on the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club the past three years and is currently a member of Coach Ki Yi's 18s-team.
In addition to her accomplishments on the court, Albright has been in the top 20 in her class the past two years and plans to pursue a degree in engineering at WSU.
"Jackie is a very skilled volleyball player who has grown up playing at a high level in both high school and club volleyball," Heffernan said. "She has the ability to contribute at each position along the net and we have been very impressed with her touch on the ball as a passer. Jackie adds both skill and depth to our team and we expect her to compete immediately for playing time."
Robbins is a 6-3 middle blocker from Yakima, Wash., where she attends Eisenhower High. The Cadets were runners up in both the 2004 and 2005 4A state volleyball championships. Robbins was named to the All-Big Nine conference volleyball first team. She was also a member of Ike's basketball team that had a 24-4 record her junior year and 29-2 record, losing in the state quarterfinals her senior season. Robbins was named all-league defensive player and to the all-tournament second team. She averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game during her senior hoops season.
Robbins played in the All-Star Media Basketball Classic and was selected to play in the all-state volleyball matches this July.
"When we first saw Cassie we were very impressed with her physical presence as a blocker," Heffernan said. "She can reach way over the net. With improved speed and strength she also has the size and tools to develop into a very effective attacker in the middle for us. Cassie has not had extensive club level experiences but can already do many great things."
Albright and Robbins join fall 2005 Cougar volleyball signees 6-0 middle blocker Tara West from Western Australia, 5-9 setter Corina Beyer from Bayview, Idaho, and 5-9 libero Kelly Hyder from Huntington Beach, Calif. West and Beyer started classes at WSU in January and are participating in spring drills and tournaments with the Cougs.
"Jackie and Cassie will be great teammates. Both athletes are strong students who will compliment the culture of our current team," Heffernan said.