Nov. 22, 2006
Alysha Cook of Kennewick, Wash., has signed an official letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play for the volleyball squad, beginning in 2007, head coach Wade Benson said. She is a 6-0 senior who has played right side and middle blocker for the Kennewick High School Lions.
This past season, she was named MVP of the Columbia Basin 3A League and, as team captain, helped lead the Lions through districts and into regionals. As the No. 4 seed from the CBL, the Lions topped rival Kamiakin in five games before falling in a pair of five-game thrillers to Mount Spokane and Southridge (both of those fifth games were decided by just two points).
Her junior season, Cook earned mention on the All-Big Nine Conference Team. As a sophomore, she received second team accolades. She was also named to the all-conference team in track and field in both 2006 and 2005. Cook earned freshman awards with both the volleyball and track teams her initial year at the school.
Additionally, Cook qualified for the 14-15 division of the 2004 NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals.
"Alysha Cook is a powerful player, a left-handed right side player of the future for the Eagles," head coach Wade Benson said. "She has all kinds of upside with limited experience to this point. We feel she will turn into one of the outstanding players in the Big Sky Conference and hopefully even an MVP-type candidate. Her strengths are blocking and hitting at this point and we will work to refine her ball-control skills so she can be an all-around player for the Eagles. She will be a crowd favorite; she's a funny kid who brings a lot of energy and has skills."
The 2006 version of the Eagle volleyball squad wrapped up its season over the weekend with an impressive Big Sky Championship showing, advancing to the title contest against host and top-seeded Sacramento State before falling, 3-1. That marks the seventh straight season that the Eagles have played for the conference title. Eastern Washington rallied from a 0-5 Big Sky start to finish 10-6 and finish third, the 11th consecutive year the Eagles have placed third or higher in the final regular-season Big Sky standings.