Nov. 19, 2008
Shelby Puckett of Latah, Wash., and Tekoa-Oakesdale High School has signed an official letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play for the volleyball squad, head coach Miles Kydd announced. The 6-0 outside hitter will arrive on the Eastern campus in 2009.
"Shelby is an outstanding athlete and a great student," Kydd said. "She is the future of our right side and will be a good player at our school and in the Big Sky."
After helping lead her high squad to its first-ever state title as a junior, Puckett was named the Associated Press Most Valuable Player of the state of Washington at the 1B level. She also was named the Most Valuable Player of the Whitman County League.
At that 2007 state tournament, the left-handed hitter had 55 kills, 20 digs and five aces in the four matches. In the title contest versus Garfield-Palouse, she contributed 17 kills and four blocks.
Puckett also helped the 2008 team to a third-place showing at the higher 2B level, while her sophomore season saw the Nighthawks place third in the 1B tournament.
She was a member of the Spokane Splash team that finished 19th at the Junior Olympics this summer, as well.
As a basketball player, Puckett helped the 2006-07 squad to sixth place at the 1B state tournament and earned All-Whitman County League honors that year as well as the season prior. She played softball, as well, and attained All-State honorable mention accolades as a sophomore.
"I'm really excited," Puckett said of signing with the Eagles. "I had never thought I would play college ball, but my junior year I decided to do it, try club, and everything came together."