Cowgirl Volleyball Inks Three Student-Athletes

Nov. 10, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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

"Despite the fact that this staff got a relatively late start in recruiting the Class of 2005, we are extremely happy that Kelsey, Sam and Tasha have agreed to join us in the Fall of 2005," said head volleyball coach Pat Stangle. "Each brings to the program abilities that will immediately contribute to the momentum and unprecedented success that we are currently enjoying in the Mountain West Conference. More importantly, though, is the character that has been added to our program. Championships are built with good people and today we added three good ones."

Here are the signees:

Samantha Eley, 5-8, Libero, Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southwest HS):

A Second Team All-Class A selection by the Omaha World Herald as a junior. In that same year, she helped her team to a district championship, and finished the season with 56 service aces. This past season, her team won the Heartland Conference Championship. A three-time letterwinner at Lincoln Southwest High School, she was a team captain throughout her career. As a sophomore, she led the team in kills, digs and service aces, which helped her earn Honorable Mention Class A All-State honors. She was coached in high school by Mary Schropfer. A two-time Co-Captain on her club team, they have won the Great Plains Regional Tournament the past four years. One of three children of Craig and Linda Eley. Has two brothers, Kyle and Brian.

"The libero position is as important as any other position in our offensive and defensive systems. Sam brings all the qualities we look for in a libero and will play a significant role in this program both immediately and over the course of her four years at Wyoming."

Kelsey Loop, 6-0, Outside Hitter, Valley Center, Kansas (Circle HS):

A three-time All-Conference selection during her high school career. Also earned Honorable Mention State honors as a freshman. Recently, she was named the 2004 Arkansas Valley Chisholm Trail Most Valuable Player. Over the past two years, her team has a combined record of 72-7 which helped them win the AVCTL League Championship twice and a 4A Sub-State Championship in 2003. As a team captain this past season, she helped her team to the runner-up spot in the Sub-State Championships, while being named to every All-Tournament Team. A four-year letterwinner, she also was named to the Wichita Eagle Beacon All-Metro Area Team and holds the single season record in kills with 410 in a season and 99 service aces in a season. She also lettered in softball and track and field. Kelsey was coached in high school by Shelly Nibarger. Played club volleyball for the Wichita Jets and in 2002 they finished second at Nationals, which helped her earned First Team USAV All-Tournament honors. An excellent student, she has been a member of the honor roll throughout high school and involved in many civic activities. One of two children of Gary and Margo Loop. Has a sister, Meryl.

"What attracted us to Kelsey was her first hand knowledge of not only the systems we run, but also of the demands of what we are attempting to accomplish here. Kelsey has been blessed with a very good arm and has a tremendous passion for the game. Because of those qualities, she has a chance to not only contribute immediately to this program, but also develop into a very fine college volleyball player."

Natasha Weishahn, 5-8, Setter, Beatrice, Neb. (Beatrice HS):

A three-time All-State selection during her career at Beatrice High School. A team captain during her junior and senior seasons, she helped her team to a second place finish in districts and conference. In 2003, her team finished first in the River Cities Conference, along with the runner-up spot in both districts and state. That same year, she also earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Peru State Tournament. She was coached in high school by Vicki Coleman. Besides lettering in volleyball, she also earned letters in basketball and tennis. A three-time All-State selection in basketball, she also earned All-Tournament Team honors twice. An excellent student, she was a member of the honor roll throughout high school. Natasha is the daughter of Larry and Gina Weishahn. She has an older sister, Jessica, and a younger brother, Dylan.

"Tasha will be called upon immediately to replace Amy Doman at the setting position. That's no easy task as Amy will leave Wyoming as the all-time assists leader in Cowgirl volleyball history. We believe Tasha is more than capable, though, as she has all the tangibles, as well as the intangibles, to run our systems effectively and help this program achieve our goals, both within the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA, as well."