KIRKLAND, Wash. – Northwest University’s head volleyball coach, Steven Bain, announced the signing of two high school student-athletes for the fall, 2013 season. Leia Nicole Roy of Puyallup, Wash., and Dakota Mae Adams of Yakima, Wash., have signed letters of intent to play for the Eagles.
Roy (center in the photo above with her coaches Bobby McGivern, left, and Jill Fox-Mullen) is a senior at Emerald Ridge High School and a four-year varsity letter winner. She was named Tacoma Athlete of the Year as a freshman, Rookie of the Year as a sophomore and was an all-league honorable mention. Last season, Leia was also an All-South Puget Sound League honorable mention and was team co-captain. This season, she was named to the first team, All-SPSL team as a Libero and was second team all-area. Roy will major in Health/Human Services at Northwest University.
“One of our top priorities for 2013 was to recruit a defensive player with the technical skills, physical ability, and leadership potential to compete immediately for playing time,” commented NU head volleyball coach, Steven Bain. “As one of the top liberos in the Puget Sound Region, Leia Roy fits that mold. Leia not only has terrific fundamental skills, which are a product of the excellent coaching she has received in high school and club, but she also possesses the court presence and composure that instills her teammates with energy and confidence. We expect Leia to compete for playing time immediately and believe she has the potential to become one of the top liberos in the Cascade Conference”.
Adams is a senior at West Valley High School and is a three sport athlete earning varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track. She has also been named first team, all-league for three years and was the league MVP in 2012. In 2011, Adams was named second team, all-state in volleyball. Her 2012 West Valley Team won the WIAA 2A state championship with a 20-1 record. Dakota plans on majoring in Nursing at Northwest U.
Said Coach Bain about Adams, “I first saw Dakota play this fall at a high school tournament in Spokane and immediately recognized that Dakota had the physical tools and mental toughness to be a special player. These observations were confirmed in the state playoffs when Dakota bounced back from a serious ankle injury to help lead West Valley to the 2A State Championship.” Bain continued, “Like Leia, Dakota has had excellent coaching in high school and club and possesses the fundamentals we seek in all of our top recruits. Dakota’s attacking skills will allow her to thrive in our system and if she can transition to the college game as quickly as we believe, she will compete immediately for playing time with the potential to become a 6-rotation player”.
Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Share on Facebook