SOU adds two-time MVP OH to mix

A group of four high school seniors have signed with the Southern Oregon volleyball program and will join the Raiders for the 2012 season, SOU head coach Josh Rohlfing announced Monday.

Tyana Andrews, Abbie Hanser, Taina Kanar and Tiffany Miller will join the program as incoming freshmen next season as the Raiders look to build on a 2011 season that ended at the NAIA National Championships.

"This is the first group of signees in our 2012 class," Rohlfing said. "They make up an impeccable group of athletes that fill needs for us due to graduation. All of these young women are tremendous students and will fit into our program culture exceptionally well. I feel they will add toughness and great athleticism to an already strong group."

Andrews is a native of Rochester, Wash., and she is currently finishing out her senior year at Centralia High School. She is a four-year letterwinner for the Tigers and a three-time team MVP. A four-time all-league honoree, Andrews was named league MVP each of the past two seasons and holds school records for kills in a game and season.

Andrews also played softball for one season at CHS and has received numerous academic honors while helping the Tigers finish eighth in the state tournament this season. During her high school and club career she has played at the outside hitter, middle hitter and setter positions. She plans to major in photography at SOU.

"Ty is an exceptionally skilled volleyball player," Rohlfing said. "She plays with an unrelenting passion that our volleyball program attempts to embody each year. She is capable of playing multiple positions for us, and we know that she will be a great contributor on and off the court in the upcoming years."

Hanser is a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Billings, Mont., where she will graduate from Billings Central Catholic High School. She is a two-year volleyball letterwinner and has helped the Rams to second and third place finishes at the state tournament each of the past two seasons to go with a pair of division championships. Hanser averaged 4.6 kills and 1.3 blocks per set as a senior, earning first-team all-conference and first-team all-state recognition. She plans to major in political science at SOU.

"Abbie fills a need for us in the wake of graduating two very talented middle blockers this past season," Rohlfing said. "We love that Abbie is a coach's kid. We feel that contributes greatly to Abbie being very coachable, intelligent and driven. We are ecstatic to bring her in because we feel she hasn't come close to reaching her full potential, but she has already achieved some incredible accolades."

Kanar is a 5-9 outside hitter from University Place, Wash. During her prep career at Curtis High School, she has earned three varsity letters and twice earned first-team all-league recognition. The Vikings finished third in the state tournament her senior season.

"T is a fantastic athlete with great verticality," Rohlfing said. "We know that she will be a tremendous outside hitter for us into the future. She is a passionate and exciting athlete, who comes into our program with a spate of achievements. She brings great experience, talent and a winning attitude to our program. We cannot wait for the opportunity to work with her and see her talents come to fruition."

Tiffany Miller is a 5-5 setter from Sweet Home, where she attends Sweet Home High School. She is a four-year volleyball letterwinner and two-time team captain, and she earned all-league recognition all four years and first-team honors the past two seasons. Miller helped lead the Huskies to a sixth-place finish at the state tournament this year, and she is also a track and field letterwinner and honor roll student.

"Tiff is very sharp, lightning quick and the consummate competitor," Rohlfing said. "She can play as a setter or DS/libero for us. Tiffany is a 4.0 student who exemplifies leadership in all aspects. She is a great role model and will fit in very well with our program's culture of servitude. We love her unrelenting passion and know that she will be a fantastic player for us over the upcoming years."

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