Cowgirl Volleyball Announces Two Signings

Feb. 15, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head volleyballcoach Susan Judge has announced the signing of two student-athletes tonational letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming. "Both ofthese athletes provide a great deal of size to our team. When you add6'4" and 6'3" to your roster it's a very exciting thing. They both comein with solid volleyball skills and overall athleticism. With trainingyou're going to find out that both of these kids are going to turn intovery good volleyball players. Overall, I'm excited about both of theseathletes, and I feel they can make an immediate contribution to theteam."

Here are the signees:

Lori Sanford, 6-4, Middle Blocker, Chadron, Neb.:

Enrolled at theUniversity of Wyoming in January of 2000. An All-Conference andAll-Region selection as a sophomore at Eastern Wyoming College inTorrington. She was also a member of the team that won the Region VIIIIVolleyball Championship, and was ranked fifth in the country in 1998.She was coached in junior college by Verl Petsch Jr. At Chadron HighSchool, Sanford was selected All-Region, Conference and All-State as asenior, plus participated in the East/West All-Star Game. She was also athree-year letterwinner in basketball, where she earned All-Region,Conference and All-State honors as a senior. Sanford was coached in highschool by Angela Rhoades. An excellent student, she was a member of thehonor roll, and was selected among Who's Who Among High School Studentsand Sports. Lori is the daughter of Roger and Carol Sanford. She wasrecruited by several other schools including Kansas and Idaho State.

"We are obviously very excited about Lori transferring to Wyoming. Sheis already enrolled in school and is currently training with the team,and I've seen some things I'm excited about. She will definitelycontribute in our blocking, and comes into the program with a solidbackground and good skills in that area. The pace of the Division Icollege game will challenge her initially, and that will be somethingshe will have to adjust to. But, she has done a good job so far, andwill definitely be a factor in our blocking scheme, an area we reallyemphasize. Offensively, I think she can really provide a spark andreally solidify our middle blocker position. She should really challengefor a starting spot, and it will be exciting to see how she progressesover the semester."

Melissa Robinett, 6-3, RS/MB, El Paso, Texas:

A three-yearletterwinnner at Andress High School in El Paso, Texas. She was selectedFirst Team All-District and Outstanding Hitter-District City as asenior, and Second Team All-District as a junior. Robinett was coachedin high school by Eva Navarro. She also earned letters in basketball andtrack & field, and was a regional qualifier as a junior and senior intrack & field. An excellent student, she was a member of the Honor Rollthroughout high school. Melissa is the daughter of John and TaeRobinett. Has a sister Jennifer, who plays volleyball at Angelo State.She was also recruited by several other schools, including UTEP, RhodeIsland and Idaho State.

"Melissa is a very strong player at 6'3". She has solid ball handlingskills, which is uncommon for a taller athlete. She has the potential toplay at both the middle blocker and right side positions. We willprobably look for her to play at the right side to begin with, and shealso adds another passer to our ball control core. She moves extremelywell, and will be a big surprise next season. Melissa should really fitin with the team quickly, especially with the departure of severalathletes from the right side position. I think it was important in ourrecruiting to be able to bring in an athlete with the offensive powerthat we had with a player like Jami Laya, and I feel that Melissa isthat type of player."