Nov. 13, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- A trio of outstanding high school seniors from around the country have committed to play volleyball at Washington State University in the fall of 2010, Head Coach Andrew Palileo announced Friday.
Stephanie Hagins, a 6-4 middle blocker from Elverta, California, and Marcelina Glab, a 6-2 middle hitter from Watertown, South Dakota, have signed National Letters of Intent. Both Hagins and Glab were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Under Armour Girls' High School All-America volleyball athlete Watch List for the 2009-10 season. Heather Wilson, a 6-0 setter from Concord, North Carolina, has been accepted for early admittance to WSU and will begin classes in January 2010.
"I'm excited to have Marcelina, Stephanie and Heather join the Cougar volleyball family," Palileo said. "We have started the process of turning Coug volleyball into a competitive program and they will be an important part of the core players that will continue the success as future leaders. We have enjoyed getting to know these players both on and off the court. With their strong academic foundations, I am confident that they will become complete student-athletes here at WSU."
Hagins's 273 kills led the East Nicolaus High volleyball team to the Mid-Valley League title this fall. The Spartans have a 16-1 record and are currently in the state qualifying playoffs. Hagins was named to several all-tournament teams during the season and to the Mid-Valley League all-tournament team. She is a member of the Force Volleyball Club 18-Blue team and played on the Regional High Performance Youth Team and was an alternate to the USA Youth High Performance national team.
"Steph comes to us from a high-level club experience, playing for coach Bruce Boyle's Force Volleyball Club," Palileo said. "I like her size and athleticism in the middle blocker position which we will need to compete in the Pac-10 level."
Glab is a highly-honored three-year, three-sport letterwinner at Watertown High. She is an all-conference and all-state player in volleyball, a starter on the two-time state champion basketball team, and has been a state-qualifier as a long, triple and high jumper on the track team. The Arrows' volleyball team is headed to the state championships after accumulating a 17-5 record and winning the district title. Glab leads the team with 393 kills, 22 aces, 245 digs and 75 blocks so far. She was named the AVCA/Max Preps Player of the Week after landing 38 kills against the No. 2-ranked team in the state, Sioux Falls Roosevelt. Glab played for Coach Palileo's SoDa Volleyball Club team.
"Marcelina will provide us with middle blocker depth and will fit into our system very well. I have seen her play over the course of the last three years and I am excited to finally be able to coach her at the college level. We look forward to working with her," Palileo said.
Wilson is a four-year volleyball letterwinner at Concord High where the Spiders have a 23-8-1 record this season and have had winning records during her entire career. She has been an outside hitter in addition to her setting duties and has accumulated 328 kills, 298 assists and 145 aces this season. Wilson was ranked first in the state for service aces the past two years. She attended the A2 National High Performance camp in 2009 and has played for both the Piedmont and Carolina Juniors Volleyball Club teams. Wilson is an excellent student, carrying a 4.31 grade point average as a junior. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a senior scholar-athlete, a class representative to student government, and a member of the Keystone Club. She plans to major in pre-veterinary medicine at WSU.
"Heather will enroll at WSU in the spring semester and will have the opportunity to learn the volleyball system and get acclimated to college life before the fall season," Palileo said. "She will have the opportunity to lead this team as a freshman setter and I am confident that with hard work and preparation Heather will continue the momentum that we gained during the 2009 season."