SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State volleyball head coach Ruben Volta announced today that outside hitter Shannon Boyle (Ridgefield, Wash.), middle blocker Lana Brown (Redding, Calif.) and setter Kennedy Kurtz (Tucson, Ariz.) have signed National Letters of Intent, and will enroll at Sacramento State next fall.
SHANNON BOYLE -- played last year for Excel NW Volleyball Club in Vancouver, Wash.
A 5-foot-11 outside hitter from Ridgefield, Wash., Boyle is a three-sport star (volleyball, basketball, softball) at Ridgefield High School where she will eventually finish her high school career with 12 varsity letters. Currently in her senior season with the volleyball team, Boyle recently had 25 kills, 21 digs and five blocks in the league championship match to help the Spudders win their second consecutive 2A Greater St. Helens League title. She was the team's starting outside hitter during both those league championship runs. Already a three-time all-league selection (first team as a junior and sophomore, honorable mention as a freshman), Boyle will likely garner all-league honors again in 2013 when those awards are given out later this year. Amazingly, between volleyball, softball and basketball, she has earned some form of all-league recognition eight times, including first team accolades on five occasions. Boyle was also the recipient of first team all-region multi-sport status in both 2012 and 2013.
"Athletically, she is very quick, strong, has a great arm swing and jumps well. I was most impressed with the quickness in which she closes to an inside set and how aggressively she attacks," Volta said.
LANA BROWN -- played last year for Shasta Creations Volleyball Club in Redding, Calif.
A 6-foot middle blocker from Redding, Calif., Brown is currently in her fourth year with the volleyball team at Shasta High School, and third with the varsity squad. She has helped the Wolves to three straight Northern Section finals appearances (2011-13), including a Div. II section championship in 2011. The team will play Enterprise High School in the section championship match this Saturday. Brown, who received interest from over 20 Div. I programs, currently has 923 career kills and 668 blocks (412 solos), and is the Northern Section's all-time leader in both blocks and solo blocks. In fact, as a junior, she was a third team All-American for medium schools, first team all-state, first team all-Northern Section, first team all-Sacramento River League and first team all-Record Searchlight after leading the state in both total blocks (298) and solo stuffs (184) while also tallying 377 kills (3.3 per set) and a .416 hitting percentage. She has led Shasta HS in blocks and hitting percentage all three years of her varsity career, and was also a first team all-Record Searchlight selection as a sophomore. For her career, including her JV season as a freshman, she has averages of 2.8 kills and 2.0 blocks per set to go with a .367 hitting percentage.
"We were really impressed with her blocking. She has a good feel for what the opponent is doing across the net and adjusts accordingly. Lana has a very aggressive style of play and a fast arm swing. She is an all-around middle in that she will block and attack well," Volta said.
KENNEDY KURTZ -- played last year for Zona Volleyball Club of Tucson, Ariz.
A 5-foot-10 setter from Tucson, Ariz., Kurtz just helped lead Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley, Ariz., to a 36-9 overall record, a Div. II Section V championship, a No. 9 ranking in the state of Arizona and a semifinal appearance in the state championships. In fact, the team won three straight section titles (2011-13) and made back-to-back semifinal appearances at the state championships (2012-13). A first team all-section and first team all-Southern Arizona choice as a junior, Kurtz will likely garner all-section accolades again in 2013 when those selections are made later this year. The athletic Kurtz, who played setter and rightside hitter during her high school career, was also a star for the Nighthawks' track and field squad where she broke school records in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and 4x400m relay. In fact, her 4x400m relay squad won the state championship in 2012 and was the state runner-up in 2013. Kurtz has athleticism in her bloodlines as her mother, Noel, ran track for the University of Arizona where she held the Arizona pentathlon record from 1990-07.
"We expect Kennedy to make an impact right away. She is so quick on her feet, and has great range for a setter. We really like her athleticism and speed, and she can track down balls that some players can't get to. She has good hands, and we liked how she ran a sophisticated offense while distributing the ball well last year in club," Volta said.
Sacramento State Signings
||OH||Fr.||5-11||Ridgefield, Wash./Ridgefield HS
|Lana Brown||MB||Fr.||6-0||Redding, Calif./Shasta HS
||S||Fr.||5-10||Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS