Wyoming Volleyball Signs Three Student-Athletes

Nov. 10, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Carrie Yerty, on Wednesday, announced that Katherine Feldman, Bridget Shanahan and Whitney Smith will join the Wyoming volleyball program beginning in the fall of 2011.

"Overall, I'm excited about these three individuals who are coming to the program," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We are adding more size, versatility and depth to this squad. I'm extremely happy for the arrival of the new players."

Here are the signees:

Katherine Feldman, 6-6, Middle Blocker, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek High School): A three-year letterwinner while attending Pine Creek High School. She was selected to the AVCA High School pre-season All-America Players to Watch list in 2010. In 2009, she helped her team to a Metro, District and Regional Championship. They earned the number one seed in pool play at the 2009 State Volleyball Championships. Her team this season has won the Metro and District Championships. They are heading into the 5A State Championships as the third seed with a 23-3 overall record. Feldman has been coached by Ashlynn Smith in high school. Her 2010 Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club team placed second at the Rocky Mountain Qualifier and third at the Crossroads Tournament, while qualifying for the Junior Olympics. Last year, they won the Rocky Mountain Regional Tournament, and placed second at the 17's Division Chicago and Omaha Tournaments. An excellent student, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Honor Roll, while being involved in several clubs and activities. The daughter of Steven and Valerie Feldman, she has five siblings, Sarah, Will, Tom, Caroline and Anna.

"Katherine adds tremendous size to the rightside. She has good instincts and is a great blocker and attacker. She has played at the highest level in both high school and club, and will be a great addition with the two other current Colorado players."

Bridget Shanahan, 6-2, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Gasport, N.Y. (Royalton-Hartland HS): A four-time First Team All-League selection while attending Royalton-Hartland High School. She was also named All-Western New York the last four years as well. She helped her team to a league championship in both 2008 and 2009. A two-time team captain, she was named to several All-tournament Teams during her career and is the school record holder in kills, hitting efficiency and blocks. She was coached by Bill Holahan. Shanahan was a member of the Magard Frontier National Team for four years, and was selected to the USA Volleyball High Performance Continental Team. Besides volleyball, she has lettered in track and field. She has been a two-time captain and holds the school record in 100-meter hurdles. Shanahan is the daughter of Bernard and Caryn Shanahan, and has one sibling, Kyle.

"Bridget is a hardworking, team player, who has the ability to swing at all three front row positions. She is an explosive attacker, energetic, and will quickly develop into a six rotation player."

Whitney Smith, 6-0, Setter, Katy, Texas (Seven Lakes HS): A two-time letterwinner in volleyball while attending Seven Lakes High School. She was named pre-season Honorable Mention and to the pre-season watch list in 2010. She helped her team to an 11-1 district record and a District Championship this past season. She holds the school record for assists per match. Smith was coached in high school by Farah Holder. Her 18 Black volleyball club team placed third at the regional tournament and qualified for the Girls Junior National Championships, while her 15 Black Tornados team was second at the Lonestar Classic and the Northern Lights Qualifier, while qualifying for the Junior Olympics. An excellent student, she has been a member of the honor roll. Smith is the daughter of David and Janet Smith, and has one sibling, Shannon.

"At 6-0, she adds great size to the setter position. She is a smart player with a high volleyball IQ, great court sense, and is very versatile. Whitney will really give us some flexibility on the court."