Nov. 19, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State volleyball head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell and her staff polished off a busy recruiting cycle with Tuesday's announcement of the first members of an impressive signee class.
The `Dogs confirmed the receipt of National Letters of Intent this past week from three talented prep seniors - outside hitters Taylor Brubaker (San Clemente, Calif.) and outside hitter Carly Scarbrough (Sarasota, Fla.) and middle blocker Lauren Torres (Visalia, Calif.).
"We're adding some really physical players to our squad in 2014," Netherby-Sewell said. "We had to work hard and be very selective in this class because of the program's fantastic progress in the last year. We've become a big, imposing offensive team, so we didn't want to lose that going into next season. "
Brubaker, a 6-0 outside hitter, helped lead her San Clemente High School team to a league title and runner-up finish in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and CIF third- and second-round placings. A captain her senior year, the three-time letterwinner was the team's most dominant outside hitter winner in 2012, and a Regional High Performance Team selection in 2010. She also played for the T-street Volleyball Club for seven seasons, and the Saddleback VBC last fall through spring. She helped those squads make junior national appearances in 2012 and '13 (and claim a silver medal in the latter event).
Coach Lauren said, "Taylor has played among the best in the country. She's young and has a world of growth ahead of her, but her potential as a six-rotation player is exciting. She is well-rounded and will come ready in 2014."
Scarbrough, a 6-1 outside hitter, is a key member of Riverside High School squads that have claimed a Patriot League title and runner-up finish. The four-year letterwinner was a team captain, MVP and all-area team choice in 2012. She also was a Florida Indoor High Performance selection in 2011 and '12 and Team USA Indoor High Performance selection in 2012. As a senior, she has averaged 14 kills and 10 digs per match and hit .278, and last summer played for the 17-Under Tampa United Club volleyball team.
Coach Lauren said, "Carly Scarbrough is all brawn. She's passionate, strong and imposing. She'll step right into the shoes of a player like Holly Franks. It'll also be nice to have some East Coast representation on our team."
Torres, a 6-0 middle blocker, has helped lead her El Diamante High School team to three West Yosemite League titles, a D-II championship and runner-up finish, and 102-22 record. The team captain has also picked up Best Defensive Player, Coaches Award and Most Improved honors during her career, and became the first Miner to receive a Division 1 volleyball scholarship. She has also competed in track and field and owned the following personal bests in the high jump (5-6), triple jump (31-1) and long jump (15-1).
Coach Lauren said. Coach Lauren said. "Lauren is an untapped local talent and a terrific athlete. She may be a little raw, but we can't wait to get in the gym with her to see what she can become."
Next season, the trio will help replace a five-person group of senior student-athletes that have created an impressive legacy. Outside hitters Marissa Brand and Korrin Wild are former all-conference selections; right side hitter Holly Franks has been a three-time all-tournament pick in her first year for the `Dogs in 2013; and middle blocker Lauren Albertson and right side hitter Megan Callahan have been starters in recent years.
Looking ahead to Bulldog action this week, the `Dogs return home to host Wyoming (17-13, 7-9) on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.
Two days later on Saturday, November 23, Fresno State caps the home schedule with an 11 a.m. special Senior Day match vs. No. 10 Colorado State (25-0, 16-0).
The match vs. the Rams offers *free admission* to all fans, and starts two hours earlier than originally scheduled to help accommodate the 1 p.m. home football game vs. New Mexico.
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