April 16, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Chad Callihan announced the addition of eight student-athletes to attend the University of Wyoming. Seven will join the program in the fall, while one, Allison Waldvogel is already enrolled at UW.
“With the timing of our hire, we are fortunate to have this class come together,” UW head coach Chad Callihan said. “We lose four very good players to graduation and this class will help to fill the void that has been created. Each player fills a different need but all have the qualities that we are looking for in our Cowgirls. They are competitive, driven academically and will be good ambassadors for Wyoming athletics. We can’t wait to get them in our gym and watch their growth as players over the next few years.”
Here are the signees:
Lily Austin, 5-7, Defensive Specialist, Nampa, Idaho (Skyview HS): A four-year letterwinner at Skyview High School. She was a three-time First Team All-State selection, as well as a four-time All-Conference honoree. Austin was also a three-time team captain. She was a member of the Boise Volleyball Club that earned a fifth-place finish at the Junior National Championships. Austin also lettered in softball earning All-Conference honors and helping lead her team to a State Championship in 2012. An excellent student, she earned Academic All-Conference in 2011-2013 and was named the Skyview High School Student-Athlete of the Year in 2012. She is the daughter of Timothy and Leslie Austin. She has one brother Luke, who was football player at Idaho State University.
Emily Hines, 6-0, Outside Hitter, Olathe, Kan. (Olathe HS): A four-time letterwinner at Olathe North High School. She was a three-time All-Sunflower League selection, while being a team captain for two seasons. She was selected for the United States High School Performance Continental Team. Hines also, lettered three years in track and field. An excellent student in the classroom, she was a member of National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Mike and Katie Hines and has three siblings, Alysha, Sarah and Marissa. Her mother played volleyball for the Cowgirls from 1984-88 and her father played baseball at Wyoming from 1985-88.
Kelly O’Brien, 6-1, Middle Blocker, Long Beach, Calif. (R.A. Millikan HS): A four-time letterwinner at R.A. Millikan High School. She was a three-time All-Moore League performer. O’Brien was named the Max Preps Player of the Year in 2013. She was a member of the Honor Roll and named the Most Inspirational Student. She is the daughter of Jay and Cathleen O’ Brien and has two siblings, Alexis and James.
Laurel Place, 6-0, Middle Blocker, Cody, Wyo. (Cody HS): A three-year letterwinner and two-time All-State selection while attending Cody High School. Place was also a three-time All-Conference selection, while helping her team to a State Championship in 2011. As a senior, she was a team captain and MVP. Besides volleyball, she competed in basketball and soccer. She earned All-State and All-Conference honors in basketball and helped her soccer team win a State Championship in 2012. An excellent student, she is a member of National Honor Society plus was named the VFW Outstanding Spokesperson Award winner. She is the daughter of Vaughn and Breanna.
Danielle Root, 6-1, Outside Hitter, Eagle, Neb. (Waverly HS): A four-year letterwinner at Waverly High School. She was named to the AVCA All-American Phenom list in 2012, the Under Armor High School All-American Watch List in 2013 and to the Prepvolleyball.com Senior Aces Top 250 Team. She was an All-State and All-Conference selection during her career. Root was also named to the Nebraska State Championships All-Tournament Team in 2012 after leading her team to a third-place finish in the Class B Nebraska State Championships. She totaled 1,059 kills, 681 digs and 150 serving aces and a hitting percentage above .350 during her high school career. She also excelled in the classroom earning Academic All-State honors and was a part of National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Dan and Sherry Root.
Marley Taylor, 6-0, Middle Blocker, Idaho Falls, Idaho (Idaho Falls HS): Joins the Wyoming program after redshirting last season at Eastern Washington University. Prior to that, she was a four-year letterwinner at Idaho Falls High School and a teammate of current Cowgirl Kaitlyn Johnson. She earned First Team All-State her senior season and Second Team All-State as a junior. Taylor also earned First Team High County Conference during her junior and senior seasons. In 2012, she was named the Female Student Athlete of the Year while helping them to a State Championship her junior season. She is the daughter of Matthew Taylor and Carina VanPelt and has one sister, Maya.
Allison Waldvogel, 5-7, Defensive Specialist, Joliet, Ill. (Lindenwood University): A two-time letterwinner at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., an NCAA Division II affiliate. Waldvogel will have two seasons of eligibility for remaining for the Cowgirls. She led the Lions in service aces in 2012 and 2013. She was the Lindenwood University Athlete of the Week on Nov. 11, 2013. She played her high school volleyball at Plainfield South High School, where she was selected Southwest Prairie All-Conference and named the Athlete of the Year her senior season. She is the daughter of Tim and Annette and has two siblings, Tim and Danielle.
Danielle Westfall, 5-11, Setter, Phoenix, Ariz. (Xavier College Prep): A three-time letterwinner at Xavier College Prep. She was named the Most Improved Player her sophomore and senior seasons. Westfall helped lead her team win a State Championship in 2013. Also played sand volleyball and led her team to a State Championship in 2011. Her club team won the regional championship and finished in third-place nationally in 2012. An excellent student, she was a member of National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Jim and Laura and has two siblings, Kristyn and Julianna.