Klein Signs Six In First Class
Jennifer Klein recently completed her first season at the helm of the Rebel program.
Jennifer Klein recently completed her first season at the helm of the Rebel program.

Feb. 3, 2011

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Six players have signed national letters of intent to play women's soccer for UNLV starting in the fall of 2011, head coach Jennifer Klein announced on Thursday. UNLV signed one local Las Vegas recruit, two from Arizona, and three from Colorado.

"I am really excited about these six incoming student-athletes," said Klein. "They all will help to raise and build the standards that we have set for our program."

Faith Johannes, a 5-9 defender from Las Vegas, is a four-year starter at Centennial High School and has helped her team to two straight regional and state championships during her freshman and sophomore years. A two-time All-Northwest and all-region selection, Johannes is currently in the middle of her 2011 campaign. Johannes has also played club for Nuesport 93 in Las Vegas since 2005, and has helped them to several state championships.

Hailing from Tempe, Ariz., is 5-6 defender Kristin Sankey. A three-time first-team all-region selection, she also was named second-team all-state twice, and earned Arizona Republic honorable mention honors twice for Marcos de Niza High School. As a member of '93 AZFC, she helped that club team to second-place finishes in the state every year she was on the team, as well as the Surf Cup Championships in 2007. She was also a member of the Far West Region squad that won the Elite Clubs National League Championship in 2010.

Also from Tempe is Samantha Weber, a 5-4 defender at Corona del Sol High School. Though she is missing her senior season with an ACL injury, Weber helped lead the Aztecs to two conference championships and the state championship game her junior season. She was twice named all-region, and earned first-team all-state honors as a junior, and second-team honors from Arizona Republic. Weber also claimed all-city honors twice as well. She joined Sankey on the '93 AZFC squad and the Far West Region squad, and lastly was a member of SC Del Sol in Phoenix.



The first of three Colorado recruits is Jenna Howerton, from Colorado Springs. A 5-5 forward, Howerton was a first-team all-state selection her junior year while leading Pin Creek High School to their second straight state quarterfinals, in addition to two back-to-back league championships. Howerton is a three-time all-conference honoree, and has been the team's Offensive Player of the Year during every year of her high school campaign. A member of Pride Predators 93' club team in Colorado Springs since 2006, she has helped that team to two state championships, and to the regional semifinals twice. Howerton is also a two-year starter on the Pin Creek Eagles' basketball team.

Erica Meier is a midfielder from Boulder, Colo.. She is a three-year starter for Longmont High, leading the team in scoring every year, while earning first-team all-conference honors each year as well. Meier is a member of Fort Collins Arsenal club team, helping them to the state cup semifinals twice, and was in the Colorado ODP program during 2008 and 2009.

Denali Murnan is the final member of the class. A native of Arvada, Colo., the 5-11 midfielder earned first-team all-conference honors while leading her team in scoring in 2009 for Ralston Valley High School. She's helped the Mustangs to the state playoffs twice, and is also a member of the basketball team, in which she earned all-conference honors as a junior. Murnan plays for Rush Nike, U-17 state champions in 2009 and 2010, and was a member of the Colorado ODP from 2007-09.

"I am very proud of my first ever recruiting class," said Klein. "They are all great additions to our team and I can't wait to see how their collegiate careers unfold."

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