Cowgirls Announce the Signing of Five Student-Athletes

April 23, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head volleyballcoach Jim Barnes, today, announced his first recruiting class and thesigning of five student-athletes to national letters of intent to attendthe University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2002.

"Overall, I feel we have a very solid group of newcomers, who comefrom very good club programs and junior colleges. We will expect to seea couple of them step in and play right away."

Here are the signees:

Leslie Bell, 6-1, Middle Blocker, Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS):

AFirst Team All-Northwest Conference and All-Sunset Region selection as asenior at Centennial High School in Las Vegas, Nev. During the sameyear, she was named Team Captain, Athlete of the Month and her team'sMost Valuable Player. A two-time letterwinner in volleyball, she wasalso selected Honorable Mention All-Conference during her junior year.Leslie was coached in high school by Jay Howard. An excellent student,she has been a three-time honor roll and Scholar Athlete selection.Bell chose Wyoming over several schools. The daughter of Barry Bell andGene and Beth Pokorny. She has two brothers.

Liz McDuffie, 6-0, Middle Blocker, Antelope, Calif. (Center HS):

Atwo-year team captain and team Most Valuable Player at Center HighSchool in Antelope, Calif. As a senior, she was selected First TeamAll-City and the Capital Valley Conference MVP. McDuffie helped herteam to a Capital Valley Conference Championship during her sophomoreyear. A three-year letterwinner in volleyball, Liz was coached in highschool by Sandra Tissue. An excellent student, she was a member of theNational Honor Society and also earned the American Character andCitizenship Awards as a senior. She chose Wyoming over several schools.One of two children of Andrew and Janet McDuffie.

Hana Perlee, 5-11, Outside Hitter, Westport, Wash. (San Diego CityCollege).:

A First Team All-League selection and Team Most ValuablePlayer at San Diego City College. She finished first in kills, digs andthird in service aces in league play. Perlee played for head coach DedeBodnar. Before attending San Diego City College, she was at CabrilloCollege for one season. She helped her team to a Conference Championshipand a fifth place finish in the state before they dissolved theprogram. At Ocosta High School in Westport Wash., she was an First TeamAll-State and All-League selection during her senior year. As theVarsity Team captain, she earned the MVP Award on the All-NorthernDivision Volleyball Team and the Sportsmanship Award at the statetournament. She was coached in high school by Barbara Rasmus. Anexcellent student, she was a member of the National Honor Society andthe All-Academic Volleyball Team. Hana is the daughter of Al and PennyPerlee. She has an older brother Dane.

Leah Powers, 6-2, Middle Blocker Manteca, Calif. (San Joaquin):

Enrolled at Wyoming in January of 2002. A Bay Valley Gold All-Conferenceand All-Northern California selection as a sophomore at San JoaquinDelta College in Stockton, Calif. Powers helped her team to a firstplace finish in the conference and third in the state during both the2000 and 2001 seasons. She finished her sophomore year with 473 kills,148 total blocks and a .347 hitting percentage, while playing under headcoach Mary Ann Paz. As a freshman, she was named the Delta Most ImprovedVolleyball Player. She also competed in track and field as a highjumper. At Sierra High School, she was a two-time letterwinner andAll-Valley Oak League selection, while being coached in high school byTevani Liotard. While also earning several letters in track and fieldand basketball, she was a three-time All-League selection in track andfield. An excellent student, she was a scholar athlete and named to theDean's List in 2000. Leah is the daughter of Lenette and Alan Powers.She is majoring in mathematics at the University of Wyoming.

Lindsey Roebken, 6-1, Outside Hitter, Colorado Springs, Colo. (PalmerHS).:

A three-time All-Area and All-District selection at PalmerHigh School in Colorado Springs, Colo. She also earned All-State honorsduring the 2001 volleyball season. A four-year letterwinner involleyball, she was a team captain and team MVP for three years. She wascoached in high school by Nancy Pellow. Roebken also helped lead herclub team to a third place finish at the National Tournament in 2000 anda 17th place spot in 2001. An excellent student, she has been on thehonor roll for the past four years. Roebken is the daughter of RichardRoebken and Jan Carle. She chose Wyoming over several schools.