SOU VB team adds four to 2010 recruiting class

Southern Oregon head volleyball coach Josh Rohlfing on Tuesday announced the signing of four players to national letters of intent to play for the Raiders during the 2010 season.

The group features junior college transfer Lauren Swetland (Cottonwood, Calif.) and high school products Claire Pynes (Etna, Calif.), Shannon Taylor (San Marcos, Calif.) and Sammie Waite (Crescent Valley).

Swetland, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, is coming off a pair of impressive seasons at Shasta College. Swetland earned All-Northern California and All-Golden Valley Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore. As a sophomore, Swetland led the state in blocking and finished in the top five as a freshman.

"She is a very formidable blocker and front row player that touches nine-feet, ten inches," Rohlfing said. "We recruited Lauren out of high school because of her athleticism and explosive abilities. She is a great person with a tremendous work ethic. It's been three years in the making, but we are happy that Lauren will complete her career as a Raider."

As a prep at West Valley High School, Swetland earned all-conference and all-section honors and was also a standout basketball player.

"Lauren is a very athletic and dominant force at the net," Shasta College head coach Kelly Brazil said. "She is the best blocker that I've ever coached and has also improved her hitting."

Pynes comes to SOU after leading Etna High School to Shasta Cascade League Championships in 2007 and '09. The 5-9 hitter earned All-SCL honors as a sophomore, junior and senior and was named the league's MVP as a junior. Pynes also earned all-section honors as a junior and senior.

"Claire is a very experienced volleyball player that has competed nationally on a top club team for the past three seasons," Rohlfing said. "She will be a great player for us in the future. She is a big-time jumper with the ability to play well above the net."

Taylor is a 5-10 outside hitter/middle blocker from San Marcos High School. As a senior, Taylor earned All-San Diego County League honors after leading her team in kills and blocks and being named the team's MVP.

"Shannon is a tremendous person and volleyball player," Rohlfing said. "We know that she comes in with a wealth of volleyball experience. I am excited to see her potential fulfilled and we are most excited to add another great character student-athlete to our program."

Waite, a 5-10 libero, comes to SOU after graduating from Crescent Valley High School. Waite earned back-to-back all-conference honors in volleyball and also was named all-conference in softball.

"Sammie will add superior ball handling to our volleyball team," Rohlfing said. "She is a great athlete with tremendous upside. We look forward to seeing what her abilities bring to this program. Sammie is a great teammate, leader and student. She fits in perfectly with our community and program."

SOU went 24-4 last year, won the Cascade Conference championship and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament with a team that featured just two seniors.

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