Dec. 9, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head volleyball coach Jim Barnes, Tuesday, announced the signing of five student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the University of Wyoming beginning in the fall of 2004.
"These five individuals are the ground work to what we believe can be a Top 25 team," said Barnes. "Their athleticism will match up against the top teams in the conference and the nation. They will be extremely fun to coach because of the heart they play with and the great potential I believe they all have."
Here are the signees:
Shelby Heggie, 6-2, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Laramie, Wyoming (Laramie HS): A two-time All-Conference and All-State selection at Laramie High School. A three-year letterwinner in volleyball, she was also named co-captain this past season. Shelby was coached in high school by Molly Ruggles. An excellent athlete, she also earned letters in basketball and track and field. She is a three-time All-Conference and All-State selection in track and field, while earning Honorable Mention All-State and All-Conference honors in basketball as a junior. Heggie chose Wyoming over several schools. The daughter of Rick and Debbie Heggie. She has one sister.
"Shelby is probably the top athlete in this group, which is saying a lot. After she gains experience, she could be one of the top players in the Mountain West Conference. Shelby is going to make the state of Wyoming very proud."
Angie Hellbaum, 5-10, Opposite Hitter, Wheatland, Wyoming (Wheatland HS): A three-time All-Conference selection at Wheatland High School. Also earned All-State honors as both a junior and senior. A four-year letterwinner, her team won the Wyoming State 3A Championship in 2000. She also lettered in basketball and track and field. A three-time All-State and All-Conference selection in basketball, while helping her team to a state championship in the 2001-02 season. Hellbaum was also named the 2002 High Jump and Long Jump Champion in track and field. Angie was coached in high school by Kim Davis. An excellent student, she is a member of the National Honor Society, along with being a member of the honor roll throughout high school. Also very active in FFA and 4-H Club. She chose Wyoming over several schools. One of three children of Bob and Diane Hellbaum.
"An extremely strong and explosive athlete. She's a left handed player and will be a top rightside hitter for us after she gains playing experience. The best thing I like about Angie is her competitive nature."
Lauren Scott, 6-1, Middle Blocker, Lonetree, Colo. (Highlands Ranch HS): A Second Team All-League selection at Highlands Ranch High School. She helped her team to a 22-8 record this past season as they placed in both the region and state. As a junior, Lauren was an Honorable Mention All-League selection, while her team finished placed in the District. Besides lettering in volleyball, she also earned letters in track and field and gymnastics. She was coached in high school by Lou Krauss. An excellent student, she was a member of the honor roll throughout high school. She selected Wyoming over several schools. Lauren is the daughter of Arthur and Linda Scott. She has two sisters, Erin and Alexandra.
"A tremendous athlete who can jump touch 10'4". She has great upsize and the potential to be a dominating middle blocker in the Mountain West Conference. The sky is the limit for Lauren."
Andrea Tuck, 6-1, Outside Hitter, Erie, Colorado (Erie High School): A two-time All-District and All-State selection in both 2002 and 2003 at Erie High School. A three-year letterwinner in volleyball, she also earned letters in track and field. Coached in high school by her mother Gaynelle. One of four children of Cleve and Gaynelle Tuck. She chose Wyoming over several schools.
"The most experienced player of the group. Andrea will step in right away and be one of the top outside hitter's in the conference. She is long and lanky, and should be a huge impact player for us."
Jenny Vogelgesang, 5-10, Setter, Ft. Wayne, Indiana (South Side High School): A two-time All-Conference selection as both a junior and senior at South Side High School. She was also a team captain and Most Valuable player this past season. A four-year letterwinner in volleyball, she also lettered in basketball twice. She was coached in high school by Doug Hellsom. An excellent student, she is a member of the National Honor Society and been on the honor roll throughout high school. Jenny is the daughter of Kenny and Shelley Vogelgesang. She chose Wyoming over several schools.
"A smooth and solid setter with good technical skills. Jenny is a very consistent player, who will fit in our system nicely."