Raiders add five high school standouts, pair of transfers

Five high school seniors and two junior college transfers have signed on to play volleyball for Southern Oregon in the fall.

Prep standouts Haley Fikso (Hidden Valley High School), Kiely Nelson (Shasta High of Redding, Calif.), Natalie Scheller (Bend High), Caryn Westrick (Bonney Lake High of Bonney Lake, Wash.) and Liz Madden (Manson High of Manson, Wash.) will join college transfers Alisha Shigley (Chemeketa Community College) and Chelsea Hartman (Linn-Benton Community College) at SOU.

"This class will add great depth, strength and exceptional skill to our front line and skill positions," SOU head coach Josh Rohlfing said. "They will help to solidify our middle blocker position with the loss of All-American Mia Wortel. This is an exceptional group of student-athletes."

Fisko, a 6-foot middle blocker, earned all-state honors last year at Hidden Valley and was the Skyline Conference player of the year. Fisko also was an All-Conference basketball player and a four-year scholar-athlete award winner.

Nelson, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter/middle blocker, was named all-northern section and all-conference as both a junior and senior at Shasta High. Nelson also was an all-conference basketball player as a senior.

"Kiely is a very dynamic jumper and has the ability to get off the floor exceptionally well," Rohlfing said. "Kiely is going to be a tremendous blocker here from many seasons to come. Her best volleyball is ahead of her."

Scheller, a 6-foot outside hitter, was a four-year varsity starter for Bend and also was voted to the all-conference team as a senior.

Westrick, a 5-foot-6 setter/libero, earned three all-conference awards during her four years at Bonney Lake High. Westrick also shined on the Junior Olympic level, leading her club team to a fifth-place finish last year.

Madden, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter/right-side hitter, was named all-state and league MVP after leading Manson High to a second-place finish at the Washington State championships this past Fall. Madden also earned all-conference honors as a junior.

Shigley and Hartman will both bring collegiate experience to the Raiders.

Shigley, a 6-foot-1 junior middle blocker, earned second team All-American honors at Chemekete. As a prep, Shigley was named all-conference in volleyball and basketball at Douglas High.

"Alisha is a long, quick and athletic middle blocker that will bring speed, experience and awareness to the middle blocker position," Rohlfing said. "She's been on our radar since she attended Douglas High School and our camp in 2006."

Hartman, a 6-foot junior outside hitter, earned all-conference honors at Linn-Benton Community College in 2006 and 2007 before sitting out last year.

Hartman earned all-state honors as a senior at Lebanon High School and was named All-Conference all four years and the school's Athlete of the Year all four years of high school.

"Chelsea is a very good volleyball player and a multi-faceted athlete," Rohlfing said. "Chelsea will contribute immensely on the outside for us in the coming seasons."

Southern Oregon went 20-10 last year and 17-3 in Cascade Conference play. Only one player — Wortel — will graduate off the team. Returning for her senior year will be two-time All-American and two-time Cascade Conference player of the year Lindsey Stone.

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