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Nov. 13, 2013

PULLMAN - A pair of exceptional prep volleyball players will play at Washington State University next season, Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny announced Wednesday. The Cougar volleyball class of 2014 includes Casey Schoenlein, a 6-5 outside hitter from Issaquah, Wash., and Haylee Mathis, a 5-11 setter from Strasburg, Ill.

“This 2014 group is a solid second recruiting class to our No. 14 in the nation 2013 recruiting class, which we felt was our first real class,” Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “While this group is smaller in numbers, it has two good players who all fit needs in our program. We have a great player from the state of Washington and that is very important to us. Casey Schoenlein, who was named the No. 60 recruit in the nation, and is someone many high caliber programs were after. We are also pleased to have someone from 2,000 miles away, in Haylee Mathis, choose us. We’ve always felt that everything that WSU and Pullman is about would appeal to recruits from the Midwest. As odd as this may sound, next year will mark the fourth time in our four years that the majority of our team will be underclassmen. We are excited about what these two quality people will add to our 13 returners next year and the continued ascent of this program.”

Casey Schoenlein

6'5 - Outside Hitter - Issaquah, Wash. - Newport HS

Casey Schoenlein is a 6-5 outside hitter from Issaquah, Wash., and a highly-honored senior at Newport High School of Bellevue. She is a four-year All-KingCo 4A volleyball selection and a two-time league MVP. She led the Knights volleyball team to three consecutive league titles and four consecutive state 4A Championship tournaments. Twice Schoenlein earned the individual Sportsmanship Award at the state volleyball tournaments. Newport is competing at the 4A state tournament this week in Lacey, Wash., making the fourth consecutive state tournament appearance which is unprecedented for the school. Schoenlein was selected to the Seattle Times 2012 All-Area Volleyball Team. In the summer of 2011 she won a first place qualifier for the USA Junior Beach Tour. Nationally she was in PrepVolleyball.com’s Top 50 Junior Recruits for 2012 and is No. 58 on the PrepVolleyball.com’s 2013 Senior Aces list. Schoenlein attended the USA Volleyball A2 High Performance Camp last summer. A versatile athlete, she was a two-time all-league selection in basketball, last year leading the state in blocked shots (120) and fifth in the state in rebounds (257). She was also a member of the 2012 state champion water polo team and was named to the all-state first team. Schoenlein is also a high-achiever in the classroom with a 3.93 grade point average.

Why WSU? “I chose WSU because of the amazing connection I had with the coaches, players and the atmosphere of the school. All throughout the campus there is a distinct sense of unity and a special spirit that only comes with being a “Coug!” I cannot wait to be a part of this amazing family and to contribute to the future success of the team!”

Head Coach Jen Greeny said, “We are so thankful Casey is joining us. She was highly recruited by the Pac-12 and nationally and has a chance to make a significant impact on this program. Her game has continually developed under the tutelage of Seattle Juniors coaches Shannon Pratt, and Chris and Robin Larson, among others, and we look for that to be the case at this level. With her height, Casey will immediately give us a dimension with her block that we don’t currently have on the roster. Casey has the physical tools to be a big time player. We can’t wait to work with her on a daily basis.”

Haylee Mathis

5'11 - Setter - Strasburg, Ill. - St. Anthony HS

Haylee Mathis is a 5-11 senior setter who was a four-year varsity starter on the St. Anthony High School (Strasburg, Ill.) volleyball team. Mathis was a two-time National Trail Conference MVP honoree and has been selected to the all-conference team four times. She has led the Bulldogs volleyball team to four NTC championships and this year St. Anthony advanced to the Illinois Super Sectionals which is the Elite Eight for the state. Mathis was named to the Illinois State honorable mention team as a sophomore, tabbed a PrepVolleyball.com Sophomore 79, and named to the Decatur Area Best 2012 team. In addition to an outstanding prep career, Mathis was a selected to the 2012 USA Volleyball High Performance Girls Select Continental team, the 2013 USA Volleyball High Performance Girls Youth A1 National team, and named to the 2013 USA Volleyball High Performance All-Tournament team. She has been on the Honor Roll all four years.

Why WSU? “I wanted to attend WSU because of the feeling I got immediately once I arrived on campus for the first time. It was a long journey, but once I was there it felt like home. I couldn't ask for better coaches and staff to take care of me for the next four years. I can't wait to be in Pullman with my new family.”

Head Coach Jen Greeny said, “We are excited Haylee chose us for her next four years after high school. It’s flattering to us that someone halfway across the United States selected us as the family she wanted to be a part of. Haylee’s values are very much in-line with our program’s. She isn’t afraid of hard work, gives to her teammates, and is passionate about whatever she puts her mind to. As a player, she is so athletic with her foot speed and jumping ability. Our coaching staff is thrilled she is deciding to enroll in January at WSU so we can use the entire spring to help develop her setting skills. We have always said that spring is where the player is made. Haylee will immediately lead by action, as a setter should, and make everyone in our program better.”

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