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2015 Skylights Volleyball Recruits

Emily Russell

Montana State University-Northern volleyball coach Bill Huebsch has announced the signing of Emily Russell to join the Skylight program this January.  Russell, a 5’8” setter, recently finished a two-year career at Spokane Falls Community College.  She is a 2013 graduate of Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana.

At Spokane Falls, she earned Second Team All-Eastern Region honors and was a member of the All-NWAACC Academic Team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.44.  She was selected to play in the NWAACC All-Star Game, and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Spokane Crossover Tournament.  Three times throughout the year she was the Eastern Region Setter of the Week.  Russell was also named the Setter of the Week for the entire NWAACC for her performance in week eight of the season.

At Flathead High School, Russell was an All-Conference and All-State setter.  She helped lead Flathead to a second place finish at the State AA Volleyball Tournament.  She was also a key member of the Bravette basketball team, where she earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors and helped them to their first State AA Tournament since 2008.

According to Huebsch, “Emily is a great leader with a high volleyball I.Q.  She is a very good player who brings a lot of maturity to our program.  We are excited about her future in a Skylight uniform.”

Russell is the daughter of Danny and Kristy Johnson.  She plans on majoring in elementary education at MSU-Northern.

Emily Russell
Jacy Vining  

Jacy Vining, a transfer from Spokane Falls Community College, will be joining the MSUN volleyball team this fall for the 2015 season. Born in Colville, Washington Jacy graduated from Colville High School in 2013. She is the middle sibling of two brothers, Clayton and Colton and the daughter of Dennis and Michawn Vining.

 Among Jacy’s accomplishments at SFCC were establishing a new career dig record of 1,238 this past season (beating the school record by 300 digs) and earning the MVP Award at the Dig Pink Tournament. She was named the offensive player of the week for week seven in the Eastern Region and for the entire North West Athletic Conference.  Jacy garnered 1st team East Region and 1st team All-Tournament at the NWAC tournament this year as well as being named 2nd team All-American and Academic-All Conference.

She is attending MSU-Northern to pursue a degree in Business and to continue playing the sport she loves!

Jacy Vining
Korrie Stephenson  

Korrie Stephenson is a 6-0 outside/right-side player will transfer from Spokane Falls Community College to the Montana State University Northern (MSUN) volleyball team this fall for the 2015 season. Born in Ridgefield, Wash. Korrie graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2013. She is the youngest daughter of Wally and Julie Stephenson.

 At Spokane Falls, she earned All-Eastern Region Second-Team and was selected to play in the Northwest Athletic Association All-Star game, and was named all-tournament at three different tournaments throughout the year. Twice throughout the year she was named Eastern Region Player of the Week and was also named Northwest Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week twice in the eight-week season.

  She is continuing at MSUN to pursue a degree in physical education.

Korrie Stephenson
Taleah Ross  

Taleah Ross is a 5'9" middle blocker from Holy Cross Collegiate High School in Alberta, Canada. She began playing volleyball competitively in grade 10 and is looking forward to taking it to the next level as a Skylight in Fall 2015. Taleah was a part of the victorious 1A/2A South Central Zone all-star high school team and her 17U team won silver in Division One Provincials. In her first year of club volleyball Taleah received the 'Purple Heart Award' for exhibiting outstanding enthusiasm, drive, perseverance and athletic performance.

During her club volleyball career, she has received other awards such as, Lite of the Tournament, Most Improved as well as being a part of several teams that earned silver and bronze medals while competing in various tournaments.

Taleah is the daughter of Carla Ross and has one younger sister and three older sisters.  Taleah will enroll in Northern's nursing program with a career goal of becoming a registered nurse.

Taleah Ross
Nicolette Bloomer   Niccolette Bloomer   
Nicolette Bloomer is a transfer student from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Originally from Bakersfield, California, Nicolette is the daughter of Michael and Sheryl Bloomer. She is the oldest of her two siblings, Amber (18) and Garet (16). 

While in high school, Nicolette and her club team received third place at the 2012 USA Junior National Tournament. While at Northwest College, Nicolette and her team won the Region IX Conference in 2012 and 2014 and won the Region IX tournament in 2013 and 2014. They also placed 9th in 2013 and 4th in 2014 at the Junior College National Tournament.

Nicolette is attending school for a degree in Business Administration and plans on continuing to earn her Master’s degree. She is very excited to start at her new home in January of 2015



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