Nov. 30, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Pat Stangle announced the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2008.
"Overall, we have improved our program," said Stangle. "Not only are these young ladies excellent students and outstanding people, they are pretty good volleyball players, as well. How can I help but not be excited about this class."
Here are the signees:
Lauren Curtis, 6-2, Rightside Hitter, Redmond, Wash. (Bishop Blanchet HS):
A three-time letterwinner in volleyball while attending Bishop Blanchet High School. She earned First Team All-Metro League and Honorable Mention All-Date as a junior, while being selected Honorable Mention All-Metro League as a sophomore. During her career, she helped her team to three All-Metro League Championships and two King County 3A District Championships. They also won the Washington State 3A Championship in 2006, and placed third this past season at the state tournament. She was coached in high school by Joanne Gilligan and Matt Chang. Lauren played club volleyball for the Kent Juniors Volleyball Club where she was named Player of the Week and to the MLK-NW All-Tournament team. She has also participated on the USAV Junior Olympics American Division U-16 team in 2006 and the USAV Junior Olympic National Division U-18 team in 2007. An excellent student, she has been on the honor roll through out high school along with participating in several scholastic activities. One of two children of Fred and Kristi Curtis.
"Lauren comes to Wyoming as a very accomplished player with a first-hand understanding of the type of program we have and the systems that we run. Given that, as well as a huge upside, I expect her to compete immediately and improve our team from Day One."
Megan Johnson, 5-9, Setter, Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood HS):
A two-time All-League selection while attending Lakewood High School. She is also a three-year starter at the setter position, along with being a team captain for three years in a row. Her team finished 11-1 overall in league play to win their first ever League Championship, along with making it in to the semifinals of the Division I-AA CIF-Southern Section before falling to Redondo and finishing with a 25-7 overall record in 2007. They will play in the California State Championship game against Nevada Union after winning the Regional Championship and have a current record of 28-7. It was the third year in a row that they have made in to the semi-finals of the CIF tournament. During her career, she has earned Second Team All-CIF honors, along with numerous All-Tournament Team awards and Athlete of the Week honors. She was coached in high school by Mike Wadley and Steve Lewis. Megan played club volleyball with the Mizuno Long Beach Goldenwest Volleyball Club for the past six years. She was the starting setter and team captain. An excellent student, she has earned several awards during her career. One of three children of David and Kathy Johnson.
"Megan will come in and compete immediately for playing time at the setter position. She has a great feel for the game and a tremendous competitive drive. Those qualities will suit her well at the Division I level and help her fit into our systems nicely."
Nikky Sapp, 5-3, Libero, Arvada, Colo. (Pomona HS):
A four-time letterwinner in volleyball during her career at Pomona High School. She has earned Second Team All-Jeffco Conference Honors as a sophomore and junior, while earning First Team All-Conference honors this past year. During her career, she also averaged over four digs per game. She was coached in high school by LaiLani Luke. An excellent student, she earned All-State Academic honors. Sapp played for the Norco Volleyball Club Team and was coached by Ron Alexander. She is the daughter of Glenn and Wendy Sapp, and has a twin sister, Jasmine.
"I have admired Nikky's game for years and believe she has an opportunity to make an immediate impact at the Libero position. In addition, she will challenge the best, not only in the Mountain West Conference, but nationally, as well."