Wyoming Volleyball Welcomes Three Student-Athletes

Nov. 9, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Carrie Yerty, on Wednesday, announced that Kaitlyn Johnson, Mikaela Ryshytylo and Nicole Walker will join the Wyoming volleyball program beginning in the fall of 2012.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach each of these student-athletes," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "They are all excellent people and great volleyball players. They will add depth to their respected positions on the court, be excellent students in the academic community and are individuals of great character."

Kaitlyn Johnson, 5-6, Libero/Defensive Specialist, Idaho Falls, Idaho (Idaho Falls High School) : A two time-HCC First Team selection while attending Idaho Falls High School. This season, she was also selected to the 5A Idaho All-State Team, All-Area by the Post Register and First Team All-District 5-6. Johnson recently helped her team to a 34-7 overall record on the way to a District 5-6 and 5A State Championship. They have won the District Championship four straight seasons while finishing in the runner-up spot at the State Championship in 2010.She was coached in high school by her mother, Wendy. A four time-letterwinner in volleyball, she also lettered in basketball. An excellent student, she has been a member of the honor roll and involved in several school activities. The daughter of Ted and Wendy Johnson, she has one sister, Kiarra.

"Following in her mom's footsteps, Kaitlyn will enroll next fall at the University of Wyoming and join our Cowgirl Volleyball family as a defensive specialist. She is a focused, intense player with a very high volleyball IQ. She will add more ball control to our roster and can compete in all three defensive positions."

Mikaela Ryshytylo, 6-2, Outside Hitter, Selkirk Manitoba, Canada (Lord Selkirk Regional) : A three-year varsity starter while attending Lord Selkirk Regional. She was also a three-time member of the 16 and under Provincial Team that won the Gold medal in 2008 and a Silver medal in 2010. Ryshytylo was ranked among the Top Ten players in the Province in 2010, while being selected the Tournament MVP of the University of Winnipeg Tournament and named a Club Provincial All-Star and a MHSAA Provincial All-Star. Her team won the Silver Medal in the 2010 MSHAA "AAAA" Provincial Championship and the Silver medal at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. An excellent student, she has been on the honor roll throughout high school, a member of the athletic leadership council and a member of the student council. The daughter of Tony and Barbara Ryshytylo. She has a sister Victoria who currently plays at Providence College.

"Mikaela brings a lot of experience from a very elite level. She has participated in the Canadian Junior National Developmental program and is certainly one of the best all-around players in Canada for her age group. She has great ball control, while being a strong blocker and defender. She has a great arm and will bring fire power to our pin positions. I am looking forward to watching her grow and develop."

Nicole Walker, 5-9, Libero/Defensive Specialist, Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Burke HS) : A two-time All-Metro selection while attending Omaha Burke High School. She also earned Second Team All-State honors as a junior and was Honorable Mention All-State during her sophomore year. A four-year letterwinner in volleyball, she was a two-time team captain as well. Her USA High Performance Team qualified for the Junior Olympics and finish fifth in 2011 and 10th in 2010 in the National Division. An excellent student, she is a member of the National Honor Society and on the Honor Roll. The daughter of Chuck and Mary Walker, she has two siblings Brian and Kevin.

"Nicole is a very fiery and explosive athlete. A little undersized at 5-9, she will transition into a defensive specialist from outside hitter for the Cowgirls. She has a contagious personality and is a self-starter. Nicole is a great teammate and an excellent communicator on the floor. A great passer, she will provide depth in any of our defensive positions."