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2015 Skylights Volleyball Recruits

Rebecca Egan

Montana State University-Northern volleyball coach Bill Huebsch has announced the signing of Rebecca Egan to join the Skylights. Egan, a 5’6” Defensive Specialist, recently finished a 2 year career at Big Bend Community College. Egan graduated from Skyview High School in Soldotna, Alaska.

At Big Bend, she was voted Most Motivational Player of 2013-2014 season and was a member of the All-NWAACC Academic Team two years in a row. She was selected to play in the NWAACC All-Star Game, and was selected as Defensive Player of Week 8 during the 2014 season

At Skyview High School, Egan helped her team to a 4th place finish at the State Tournament as an opposite hitter her Sophomore year. She was Second Team All-Region Outside Hitter as a junior and First Team All-Region Setter as a senior. Egan also played for the Midnight Sun Volleyball Club for 4 consecutive years.

Egan is the daughter of Sean Egan and Beverly Egan. Egan intends to peruse a Bachelors Degree in Business and finish out her volleyball career as a Skylight.

Rebecca Egan
   

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
   
Cassie Krueger

MSU-Northern head volleyball coach Bill Huebsch is pleased to announce that Cassie Krueger, a 6’0” outside hitter from Division I Montana State University is transferring to Northern for the 2015 season.  Krueger, originally from Kalispell, Montana, will have three years eligibility remaining.

A four-time letter winner at Flathead High School, Cassie was named to the 2012 Class “AA” All-State Volleyball Team after leading the Western “AA” Conference in kills and hitting percentage while earning Academic All-State honors as well.  In that same year she helped lead her team to a 23-8 record and a 2nd place finish at the State “AA” Volleyball Tournament.  An accomplished athlete, Krueger also lettered in track and swimming.

Cassie is the daughter of Northern alumni Anna (basketball, volleyball 1987-89) and Art (basketball 1988-92) and is the oldest sister to Tessa (18), Nikki (16) and Allie (6).  She will be pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and states, “I am very excited to be a Skylight this upcoming fall season of 2015.”

Coach Huebsch adds, “We are thrilled that Cassie has chosen Northern to continue her academic and athletic careers.  She an excellent student in the classroom and has proven to be a big time finisher on the court who can play at either pin. She should make an immediate impact on our team and the Frontier Conference.”

Cassie Krueger 
   

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. acy 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
   

Samantha Martinez

MSU-Northern Volleyball Coach Bill Huebsch has announced the signing of Samantha Martinez.  Martinez, a 5’8” setter, is a native of Rancho Santa Margarita, California. 

At Trabuco Hills High School, Martinez was a four-year starter and four-year captain.  She was also a three-time team MVP.  As a senior, she helped lead her team to the second round in the California Interscholastic Federation championship.

Martinez also played for the Prime Volleyball Club, helping them win gold medals at the Los Angeles and Spokane Qualifiers.

Huebsch said, “We are excited to have Samantha joining us this fall.  She is a fierce competitor and a natural leader who demands great things of herself and her teammates.”

  

Samantha Martinez
   

 

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