Volleyball: Lobos Add Three For 2003-04
Albuquerque, N.M. -- University of New Mexico head volleyball coach Kelley Sliva today announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent to attend UNM starting in the fall of 2003.
Joining the program are 6-1 outside hitter Jennifer Heasty from Westminster, Colo., 5-9 setter Lindsay Smith from Bakersfield, Calif. and 6-2 middle hitter Megan Morris from Los Fresnos, Texas.
The three join 2002 fall signees Lauren Dunsmoor, a 5-11 outside hitter from Pueblo West, Colo., 6-2 middle blocker Jessica Jensen from North Mankato, Minn., Brittany Jones, a 6-0 middle blocker from San Pedro, Calif., 6-2 right side hitter/blocker Kelly Therkelsen from Eagan, Minn. and Georgia Whitson, a 6-1 outside hitter/blocker from Taos, N.M.
"We're excited to have Jennifer, Lindsay and Megan join our program," said Sliva. "We're building a future for the program and the excitement surrounding Lobo volleyball is growing. We have plans to build a solid foundation and our recruits are the first step to achieving our goals."
Jennifer Heasty, 6-1, Outside Hitter, Westminster, Colo. (Ranum High School) Heasty lettered in three sports at Ranum High, including volleyball, basketball and golf...Heasty's basketball team took the state title...was named all-conference for the Front Range and Skyline Leagues in both volleyball and basketball in 2001 and again in 2002...was also named to the Colorado Coaches all-state team in volleyball her senior year...was named to the Academic Honor Roll and National Honor Society all four years at Ranum where she maintains a 3.9 g.p.a...PERSONAL...is the daughter of Sally and Bill Heasty...undecided about a major.
Sliva on Heasty: "Jennifer brings size and athleticism to the table. The great thing about Jennifer is that she can play at a high level above the net and has the ability to play a couple of different positions on the court. We feel that Jennifer will improve as she learns our system and gets the chance to grow physically in the weight room."
Lindsay Smith, 5-9, Setter, Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial High School) Smith lettered in volleyball all four years at Centennial...she was named team MVP and all-league (Yosemite), garnering MVP honors this past season...also named to the first team all-area in 2002...helped lead her team to four straight district playoff appearances...member of the Bakersfield Academic Honor Roll where she maintains a 3.0 g.p.a....PERSONAL...is the daughter of Judy and Terry Smith...brother Chad played football at UNM (safety) in the mid-90s...undecided about a major.
Sliva on Smith: "Lindsay brings us depth in the setting position. She has the ability to come in and make our team better because she knows the game and can set up a very up-tempo offense. Lindsay comes from an athletic family and has the ability to make huge strides each year she is a Lobo."
Megan Morris, 6-2, Middle Hitter, Los Fresnos, Texas (Homer Hannah High School) Morris was a three-sport (volleyball, basketball and track) athlete, lettering in each sport her four years at Hannah High...was named District Newcomer, District Sophomore of the Year and District MVP her junior and senior years in volleyball...was voted all-metro and all-Valley all four years in basketball...currently Morris is participating in track where she has qualified for regionals three years straight in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles and high jump, and she looks to qualify in the triple jump this year...maintains a 3.2 g.p.a....PERSONAL...is the daughter of Karen and Victor Morris...plans to major in pre-veterinarian medicine.
Sliva on Morris:
"Megan is very athletic and has the ability to play huge over the net in both blocking and hitting. She brings a lot of physical ability as well as an outstanding work ethic to our program. We are very excited to have Megan become a Lobo and look forward to watching her grow."1u