February 10, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Susan Judge has announced the signing of two student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming in the fall of 1999. Here are the signees:
Michelle Keller, 6-0, outside hitter, Hyannis, Neb.: A two-time First Team All-State selection at Hyannis High School. She helped lead her team to four Sandhills Conference Championships and a state-runner up spot as a junior. In that year, Keller was also named the Nebraska District 1 Player of the Year, along with being named to the Nebraska All-Tournament Team. As a four-year letterwinner in basketball and a three-year letterwinner in track, she earned several All-State and All-District honors. An excellent student, she has received numerous academic awards. She was coached in high school by Chris Kraus. Michele is the daughter of Frank and Cindy Keller. Keller chose Wyoming over several schools including Nebraska-Wesleyan and Hastings College.
"Michele is one of the best kept secrets in this region. She hasn't received a lot of exposure, because she is from such a small program. However, she will definitely turn heads this fall. She is a good, explosive jumper with a very fast armswing. Michele will be a major offensive terminator. She will have to adjust her passing and blocking to compete at this level, but I have no doubt she can do it. There is a hole on the outside, left by two of our departing seniors. She will be battling against some upperclassmen, who have been working hard to earn starting positions there, so it will be exciting to see who rises to the challenge. Michele has the confidence to jump in there and go for it."
Brooke Lowry, 5-9, setter, Paradise Valley, Ariz.: As a starter at Xavier College Prep, Lowry helped lead her team to the Class 5A State Volleyball Title three years in a row. She was an All-State Second Team and All Region selection. Lowry was also named to the All-State Tournament Team and The Westwood Tournament of Champions Team as a senior. She is a member of the Arizona Juniors Club Team, which is coached by Bernard Ing, Joe Soares and Tony Oldani. An excellent student, she has been named a Scholar Athlete for three years. She was coached in high school by Lisa Olona. Brooke is the daughter of Greg and April Kilfoyle. Lowry chose Wyoming over several schools including West Virginia University and Auburn University.
"I am very excited about having Brooke join our program. We went through last season with only one setter, which is like having only one quarterback in football. Brooke will provide major competition for that position. She is a very hard working athlete who strives to achieve her best in everything she does. To be a good setter, you have to be a talented all-around athlete, who naturally commands the respect of her teammates and coaches. I feel Brooke has these qualities. The key for her success at Wyoming will be how quickly she adapts to our program and the college game. She has nice hands and good strength. An interesting fact about Brooke is that she hasnt been a setter her whole career, so her potential is unlimited. It also gives her perspective on both sides of the ball. Brooke has a bright future ahead of her."
The Cowgirl program has two more scholarships that Head Coach Susan Judge will look to fill later this spring.