SOSU adds 5 volleyball players

Southeastern volleyball coach Jenn Corkum has announced the addition of five incoming freshmen to the 2010 roster.

The Savage Storm incoming class consists of four players from Texas and one from Nebraska.

“I am extremely excited about our 2010 recruiting class,” said Corkum, “We have a group of highly talented student-athletes who will bring us much depth both on and off the court.”

Erin Backhuus, a 6-0 outside hitter from Blair, Neb., will make the longest trip. The incoming HPER major was a two-time all-state selection at Bennington High school as well as an academic all-state honoree.

She is a two-time national qualifier while playing for Premiere Volleyball Club and NE Elite Volleyball Club.

“Erin is a player who comes to us with a wealth of high level volleyball experience,” said Corkum, “She has competed in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior Olympic Championships in multiple years. She plays very high above the net, and I am excited to add her athleticism to our roster.”

Chelsea White, a 5-9 setter from Granbury, Texas, will be a music major at SE. She is a two-time all-district selection at Grandury High School, and set her school records for assists and aces in a season, while earning academic all-district honors all four seasons.

“Chelsea has the kind of hands you can’t train setters to have,” said Corkum, “Her quick release and set location are going to make her an asset immediately with the diverse offense we will be running. Her calm demeanor will also be an asset to our team as she is extremely levelheaded on the court.”

Meaghan Patterson, a 5-11 middle blocker from San Antonio, Texas, will come to Southeastern as a physical therapy major.

She is an all-district selection at Sandra Day O’Conner High School where she helped her team to a pair of regional finals.

“Meaghan is a tenacious athlete,” commented Corkum, “And plays aggressively at all times. Her competitive nature and athletic ability are going to help her contend for a position immediately, and I am excited to see her growth both as an athlete and a volleyball player.”

Courtney Miller, a 5-9 outside hitter from Tomball, Texas, comes to SE as a kinesiology major.

She is a three-year letterwinner at Tomball High School where she was a two-time all-district selection and an academic all-district pick while helping her team to three-straight district championships.

Miller is a three-time qualifier for the Junior Olympics playing for the Texas Tornados.

“Courtney is another highly experienced volleyball athlete,” said Corkum, “With over 10 years playing experience and three trips to the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior Olympic Championships. She plays much bigger than her height and adds tremendous amounts of defense and ball control that every team relies on.”

Tara Wescoat, a 5-10 outside hitter from Lake Kiowa, Texas, comes to Southeastern as a business major.

She was a four-time all-district selection at Callisburg High School and was the district offensive MVP her senior year. She also earned academic honors her senior season and was her team MVP.

“Tara is a great local athlete,” said Corkum, “Who has abundant energy and enthusiasm both on and off the court. I think she will add to our depth in the pin positions and be a great addition to our roster.”

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