Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Adds Arneson and Watson

June 1, 2007


University of Wyoming Cowgirl head volleyball coach Pat Stangle has announced the signing of two student-athletes to attend UW. Jenna Arneson, an outside hitter, from Dove Canyon, Calif., and Chantilly Watson a middle blocker from Spanaway, Wash., will begin their collegiate careers in the fall of 2007.

Here are the signees:

Jenna Arneson, 6-1, Outside Hitter, Dove Canyon, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS):
A two-time First Team All-South Coast League selection, while attending Mission Viejo High School. She helped her team during her senior year to a 22-6 record overall and a South Coast League Championship with a 10-0 conference mark in 2006. The previous two seasons her team made it to the Quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section. As a senior, she earned Second Team All-CIF Southern Section Division I and All-Orange County honors. This past year, she was also selected South Coast League Co-MVP, Varsity Team MVP and was a team captain. In 2003, she was named the Freshman Team MVP. She was coached in high school by Gus Culver. A three-year letterwinner in volleyball, she also lettered in both track and field and basketball. She was a two-time Honorable Mention South Coast League selection (2005-06, 2006-07) and a team captain in 2006-07 for her basketball team. She helped her team to four South Coast League Championships in track and field, while being named a team captain in 2007. An excellent student, she was on the principal's honor roll and a Scholar Athlete. Arneson is currently playing for the Ripcurls 18-1 Club Team which is coached by Dave Holloway. For two seasons, she also played for the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club on the 16 and 17 teams, which was coached by Corey Chandler. Jenna is the daughter of Jim and Julia Arneson.

"Jenna will make a great addition to our program," said Stangle. "She is tall, skilled and can play multiple positions. In addition, she's played a lot and will immediately increase the level of volleyball played in our gym."

Chantilly Watson, 5-11, Middle Blocker, Spanaway, Wash. (Spanaway Lake HS):
A two-time First Team South Puget Sound League selection during her career at Spanaway Lake High School. As a senior, she was also selected to the Washington State Coaches 3A/4A All-State Team and was named the Tacoma News Tribune Player of the Year. In 2006, she helped her team to a sixth place finish at the state tournament and a fourth place finish during her sophomore season. A four-year letterwinner in volleyball, she was a two-time team captain as well. She was coached in high school by Ali Sheneman. Also earned three letters in basketball. An excellent student, she was a member of the National Honor Society and on the honor roll throughout high school. Watson played Club Volleyball with the Puget Sound Gold 18 Team which was coached by Travis Sessler. Chantilly is the daughter of Matthew and Lila Watson. She has three sisters, Crystal, Chloe and Gloria.

"Chantilly helps fill an immediate need that we have in the middle," Stangle added. "This club season is her first playing on a national level, so it may take a little time to acclimate to the speed of the college game, but once she becomes comfortable, I expect her to have a huge impact on our program."

Arneson and Watson are the third and fourth student-athletes to sign with the Cowgirls, as they signed two already during the fall. The other signees include Kayla Govier (6-3, MB/RS, Arvada, Colo.) and Lauren Whitney (5-11, OH, Coto de Caza, Calif.).

"We're very excited about the incoming class this fall and look forward to big things from them in the future."