April 14, 2008

Eagles Sign Players for 2008

April 14, 2008

Eastern Washington University volleyball coach Miles Kydd has announced the signing of two players to official letters of intent: Laney Brown and Emily Bekkering. Brown is a 5-7 setter from Waterville, Wash., while Bekkering is a 6-1 middle blocker from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

As a senior at Waterville High School, Brown was named to the Associated Press 2B All-State Second Team and was Co-MVP of the NCL. She was named First Team All-North Central League (NCL) each of her final three years after earning mention to the Second Team as a freshman.

Her volleyball and basketball teams each finished sixth at state her junior year at WHS - each squad also went undefeated in NCL play. Her senior year, her volleyball team finished second in the league and advanced to the second round of districts.

Brown, who plays her club volleyball for the North Central Washington Volleyball Club, has been selected to participate in the 23rd Annual All-State Volleyball Series, which takes place July 19 in Fife, Wash.

In basketball, Brown earned Second Team-All League accolades her sophomore and junior seasons. She also competes for the track and field team in the high jump, long jump and triple jump and is expected to participate at the state championships in Cheney, Wash., from May 23-24.

Her sister, Jacque, will be a sophomore with the Eagles in 2008.

"We are excited that Laney is joining our team and her sister, (current Eagle) Jacque, in 2008," Kydd said. "Although Laney will redshirt this year, she is a player who will have a huge long-term impact on our program. Laney is a very intelligent and athletic setter and is full of leadership potential. A great student, Laney will be expected to soak up all she can in her first year of college volleyball and promises to make a huge impact on our program as she plays out her career at Eastern."

Bekkering will arrive at Eastern with a number of accolades. She helped lead her St. Joseph's High School squad to a 5A provincial championship in 2007, while the Guardians claimed city championships in 2007 and in 2006.

In the summer of 2005, Bekkering was one of 16 players selected to participate with the Canada Youth National Team. Two years later, she played on the 18U Saskatchewan provincial team against other players who represented their provinces.

She played her club volleyball for Saskatoon JCVC Extreme and participated in the High Performance Camp, a week-long invitational camp that included about 25 players from throughout Canada. She also claimed the spike accuracy competition at the 2007 Mustang Volley Volleyball Tournament.

Bekkering played club soccer until her junior year of high school and was on the senior basketball team her first two years of high school before she placed her focus on volleyball.

Former Eagle and current Austrian pro player Christina Albers is also a graduate of SJHS. Albers averaged 11.71 assists her two-year career with the Eagles (2004-05), the most in school history.

"We are very excited that Emily is joining our Eagle volleyball program," Kydd said. "Emily is a great student, comes from a family with a great athletic background, and a school and club program that rank among the very best in the province of Saskatchewan and in Canada. She comes to EWU well trained and ready to make an immediate impact on the volleyball program.  As an athletic middle blocker, Emily provides us with much needed depth in that position."

The two join Cora Kellerman in the signing class, as Kellerman inked her letter of intent in November. She is a 6-0 middle blocker from Mount Vernon, Wash., and La Conner High School who was named 2B State Most Valuable Player following the 2007 campaign.

"I feel quite strongly that Laney, Emily and Cora give us a great trio of student-athletes to carry our program forward for years to come," Kydd said. "This recruiting class will make our team much better as we strive to reach our goals in 2008 and beyond."

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