OGDEN - The Weber State University women's volleyball team announced Monday the signing of five players to a national letter of intent, four of them in-state standouts.
The five high school seniors will join the Purple and White for the fall 2013 season.
Signing with the Wildcats are Ciera Borho, Megan Bean, Taylor Christensen, Katie Harvey, and Tanisha Langston.
"I am excited to have these five new players in our gym," Weber State coach Tom Peterson said. "They will improve our overall athleticism and will help us to be a better volleyball team next season. All five players have great potential, and we are lucky to have players coming in that are not only very talented, but also great people."
Borho is a 6-foot outside hitter who joins Weber State from Prairie View High School in Thornton, Colo., where she was a four-year letterwinner. Borho was named as the East Metro Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior. She was a four-time All-Conference player, earning first-team honors three times. She also earned All-Academic and Principal's Honor Roll honors as a freshman, sophomore, and junior.
"Ciera has a very good arm that will bring some 'ohs' and 'ahs' from the crowd," Peterson said. "Because of her good arm swing, she also has a good jump serve. Her ability to hit hard will be her advantage that she has over many players. As she spends some time blocking and passing in our system, she can become one of our 'go to' players."
Bean is a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Richfield High School in Richfield, where she was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and basketball. Bean was the State 2-A MVP in volleyball and basketball as a junior, and is a three-time All-State honoree in volleyball and basketball. Richfield won back-to-back state championships during Bean's junior and senior seasons.
"Megan has great potential. She is a middle blocker but her athleticism will allow her to potentially play several positions," Peterson said. "She has good natural blocking ability and court awareness. She is the 2-A MVP and just needs some time to adjust to our level of play and to our systems. She has the potential to be one of the best players in the conference."
Christensen is a 6-foot setter from Elk Ridge, and Salem Hills High School, where she was a three-year letterwinner. She is a first-team All-State selection and was named as her team MVP after helping Salem Hills to back-to-back semifinal appearances in the state 4-A tournament.
"Taylor is a good all-around athlete with a lot of potential," Peterson said. "She was a middle blocker who now has been trained as a setter the last few years. Taylor is one of the best blockers in high school in Utah and she has a natural sense of where she needs to be to make a good play on the ball. With her blocking ability and with more experience as a setter, she has a chance to make a big impact on our team."
Harvey is a 6-foot middle blocker from Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, where she was four-time letterwinner in volleyball and a three-time letterwinner in track and field for the Mustangs. She earned All-Cache Valley and All-Region honors as a freshman, sophomore, and junior, and played on the Utah Volleyball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Team.
"We are fortunate that Katie has chosen to come to Weber State," Peterson said. "She is a very good athlete who has come into her own as a player this last year. It wasn't long ago that many other schools had their first chance to see what kind of athlete Katie is and she had her choice of going to other programs, even in our own conference. Katie is very quick. Even as a freshman she will be quicker than most players in the Big Sky. All she needs is to get some good reps against other good players and use her quickness to her advantage."
Langston is a 6-foot-1 outside hitter/middle blocker from Davis High School in Kaysville, where was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball and a two-year letterwinner in track and field. Langston, whose older sister, Shanae (Langston) Burgin is a current member of the Wildcat volleyball team, helped the Darts capture four consecutive Region 1 volleyball championships, and earn three consecutive top 3 finishes in the state 5-A tournament, including winning the 2011 state 5-A title. She earned All-Region and All-Area honors as a sophomore and junior, and was named to the UVCA's Senior All-Star Team.
"We followed Tani for the last several years and because of that, she was the first high school recruit we asked to commit to Weber State," Peterson said. "She has played on a very strong high school team as well as a good club team. Because of Tani's all-around athletic ability, she can play several positions. It's a big plus that she is a very good blocker. One strength of hers that will be of particular importance to our Weber State team is her competitiveness. She is a winner and will help our team by her hard work ethic and personality."