Weber State volleyball head coach Al Givens has announced the signing of four athletes to National Letter of Intents to join the Wildcats. All four players will join Weber State for the 2009 season. Givens has singed Caitin Penrod from Ogden, Utah, Bethany Wray from West Haven, Utah, Emily Jones from Rigby, Idaho, and Briana Wilms from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.
“This 2009 class has to rate as one of our top two recruiting classes,” Givens said. “We have four excellent student-athletes joining our program for next year. They are not only stand-out athletes but also top notch students and high character young women. I look for this group to develop into one of our all-time best recruiting classes.”
Caitlin Penrod is a 5-9 setter and is a senior at Bonneville High School and earned All-Region honors. As a senior she was named to the Utah 4A senior All-Star team and earned All-State honorable mention honors as a junior in 2007. Penrod has played club volleyball for Xtreme Volleyball and will do so for another year. She also earned First Team All-Region honors in basketball as a junior at Bonneville. Penrod is the daughter of Dave and Jill Penrod.
“In my opinion Caitlin is the top setter in the state of Utah,” Givens said. She has size, athleticism, and a burning desire to compete and be the best. “
Bethany Wray is a 6-0 outside hitter that comes to Weber State from Fremont High School. She also played the setter position at Fremont. She played club volleyball for Blaze and has been coached by former Weber State volleyball players Kolbie Murphey and Erin Gavin. She is the daughter of Darrin and Stephanie Wray.
“Bethany is an outside hitter who has also played setter out of necessity in high school,” Givens added. “She is long and explosive and loves to play the game.”
Emily Jones comes to Weber State from Rigby High School in Rigby, Idaho. She is a 5-11 middle blocker who has a 27-inch vertical jump. Jones played club volleyball for Idaho Juniors in Idaho Falls and will continue to compete with them this year. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Marsha Jones.
“Emily is one of the most explosive athletes I have ever recruited,” Givens said. “She can touch 10-2 and is very quick laterally and vertically. She is a hard worker and is one of the most humble individuals I have met. ”
The ‘Cats have also signed Briana Wilms, who comes to Weber State from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. Wilms is a 6-1 outside hitter and middle blocker.
“Briana is an untapped strong athlete,” Givens added. “She has been a three sport high school competitor and has a huge upside. She also possesses a tremendous work ethic.”