Many new faces as CWC spikers assembleAug 8, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Veteran Central Wyoming College Rustler volleyball coach Tiffany Stauffenberg welcomed 11 new student-athletes to fall camp Monday at Rustler Gym.
The first-year players on the roster are Kaycee Munn (Soldotna, Alaska), Megan Cook (Rock Springs), Jordan Leyba (Thermopolis), Kiara Skinner (Cody), Darby Lamb (Mountain View), Rae Edwards (Cody), Kara Christensen (Guernsey), Maddie Kelley (Sugarland, Texas), Kendra Falsey (Benson, Utah); Tavia Young (Ogden, Utah) and Ashley Misinaqase (San Leandro, Calif).
"Recruiting is always a challenge, and this year was no different," Stauffenberg said. "I was fortunate enough to get a few Wyoming players early."
Stauffenberg makes it a point to attend a Las Vegas tournament every year in February to scout players.
"That is where I get to watch a lot of the out- of-state players," Stauffenberg said. "That tournament has always treated us well."
"I wanted to make sure we had more back- row specialists on our roster this year, and it happened," Stauffenberg said.
Leyba has attended the CWC volleyball camp the past five years.
Leyba was a setter at Thermopolis her first three years before moving to libero in her senior year.
Leyba played in the Class 2-A level.
"She could play either position for me," Stauffenberg said.
Cook is a setter from Rock Springs.
"Megan has great work ethic and has put in a lot of time in the off season," Stauffenberg said. "She is a dedicated athlete."
Christensen has the potential to put up a big block for CWC.
"When she learns the speed of the game, she will only get better," Stauffenberg said.
Falsley and Misinaqase are both left-handed right side hitters.
"They are similar players," Stauffenberg said. "It will be fun to see them push each other throughout the season."
The CWC coach said Young is full of athleticism.
"You can tell she has played of lot of volleyball and knows the game," Stauffenberg said. "She reads the court so well and doesn't make a lot of errors."
Kelley isn't lacking in the confidence department.
"Maddie has played on a very competitive club team and has been in many tough matches. The speed of the college game will not be new to her."
Skinner played a number of high school volleyball matches vs. both Riverton and Lander Valley High School the past four years.
Skinner was one of the top players in Class 3-A volleyball.
"Kiara is physically and mentally strong," Stauffenberg said. "She puts up a big block and is powerful. She's another one that will only get better after learning the pace of the game at this level."
Edwards is attending CWC for volleyball and is in the art program.
"This is a great group of freshmen," Stauffenberg said. "I expect them all to work hard every day and bring their own identity to our program."
Stauffenberg said the preseason practices are extremely important to the young athletes on the team.
"This is a brand new team with limited collegiate experience," Stauffenberg said. "Our focus will be helping them deal with the speed, and the commitment of the collegiate game with the expectations of having success."