Cowgirl Volleyball Announces the Signing of Two Student-Athletes

April 14, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Pat Stangle, Thursday announced the signing of two student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2005.

"Our incoming class of freshmen, combined with our returning players, gives us a great foundation for a solid volleyball program for years to come," said Stangle.

Here are the signees:

Jessie Carlson, 6-2, Middle Blocker, Cheyenne, Wyo. (Cheyenne East HS):

A two-time All-State and All-Conference selection while attending Cheyenne East High School. In those same years, she helped her team to back to back SWAC and Wyoming state titles. She was coached in high school by Dan Box and Jami Laya. Played club for the Cheyenne T-Birds which was coached by Sue Thompson. Besides volleyball, she also lettered in basketball and track and field. A three-time All-Conference and two-time All-State selection in basketball. She led her team to three conference and regional titles, along with the state runner up spot in 2004 and 2005. An excellent student, she has been a member of the honor roll throughout high school. The daughter of Mark Carlson and Nona Nissen. Has a two sisters, Cassie and Amber, and a brother, Andrew.

"Jessie is a player that this staff began recruiting upon our arrival in January of 2004," said Stangle. "She is from Wyoming and her family has history at the University and in Wyoming athletics. Jessie is an intelligent, physically gifted player who has the ability to thrive in our offensive and defensive systems."

Carissa Lee, 5-5, Libero, Eugene, Ore. (Churchill HS):

A two-time First Team All-District selection during her high school career. Also earned Second Team All-District honors as a freshman and sophomore. A three-time MVP of her Churchill High School team, she helped them to a Midwestern League Championship in 2001 and a ninth place finish in the state that year. She was coached in high school by Kelly Dahlgren. A four-year letterwinnner in volleyball, she also earned letters in tennis. Her team won the Midwestern League Championship in 2004 while she finished as a semi-finalist in the District Championships. She played club for the Webfoot Volleyball Club, which is coached by Cathy Nelson. An excellent student, she was a member of the National Honor Society, while earning many other academic honors. The daughter of Maria and Michael Lee, she has an older sister, Candace, who plays volleyball at the University of Washington.

"I have had the opportunity to get to know Carissa and her family over the past few years," Stangle said. "She is definitely a great fit for the University of Wyoming and our Volleyball program. Given that the foundation our offensive and defensive systems is the ability to control the ball, Carissa gives us another valuable weapon in our arsenal."

Carlson and Lee are the fourth and fifth student-athletes to sign a letter of intent by the Cowgirls season as they signed three during the early signing period. The other signees include Samantha Eley (5-8, Libero, Lincoln, Neb.), Kelsey Loop (6-0, OH, Valley Center, Kansas) and Tasha Weishahn (5-8, Setter, Beatrice, Neb.)