Rebels Sign Nine For 2008
 
Kat Mertz announced a nine-player signing class on Wednesday.
Kat Mertz announced a nine-player signing class on Wednesday.
 
 
 

Feb. 13, 2008

LAS VEGAS - Nine players have signed national letters of intent to play women's soccer for UNLV starting in the fall of 2008, head coach Katherine Mertz announced on Wednesday. UNLV signed a total of three players from the Las Vegas area, four from California and one each from Colorado and Michigan.

The first recruit is California native is Katherine Orellana, from Downey and a 5-2 midfielder for Downey High. A four-year starter, she led the Vikings to four straight league championships. A four time first team all-league selection, Orellana also was named team MVP all four years as well. She has played club soccer for the past four years, the last year for Mid-CRSC Infinity in Cerritus, Calif.

Jamie Fratto, a 5-7 midfielder and native of Novi, Mich., has started every year for the Novi High soccer squad that has won three straight state championships while putting together a 72-1-4 mark during her first three seasons on the team. A starter as a sophomore and junior, Fratto also earned all-conference, all-district, all-area and all-academic honors both years as well. Fratto also is a point guard for the Wildcats' basketball team. She played on the 2004 Michigan ODP squad and has been a member of the Michigan Hawks club team since 1999, and helped them to six state cup championships and two regional championships as well.

Nicole Adams, a 5-9 goalkeeper and native of Loveland, Colo., was a three-sport athlete at Loveland High. In addition to her two years on the soccer team, in which she earned all-conference honors as well as team MVP, she is also a four-year starter for the basketball team. Adams earned a total of two all-conference honors for basketball. Her third sport was track, in which she competed for the three-time conference champions, while earning team Sprinter of the Year honors as a junior. She is a member of the Colorado ODP squad, and also played for both the Fort Collins Arsenal and the Force clubs teams.

 

 

Another three-sport athlete in the recruiting class is Jenna Larkin, who has played soccer, volleyball and track for Loara High in Anaheim, Calif. The 5-8 defender is a two time all-league honoree, and earned both team offensive player of the year honors in 2005, and defensive player of the year in 2006. She also holds the school's track record for the 1600m, while was undefeated in the league in the 400m as a junior. She played one year of volleyball as well, and was named the 2006-07 Loara High School Female Athlete of the Year. Larkin has been a member of the Laguna Hills Eclipse club team since 2004, and held them to the National Round of 16 in 2006.

The third player from California is Justine Sauder, from Mission Viejo. A 5-7 defender, she has played the last two seasons for San Clemente High, and is serving as team captain in her senior season. She also played one season on the softball team. Sauder has been a member of three club teams over the past eight years, spending five years on Mission Viejo Soccer, one year with WCFC, and this past year with Surf in San Diego.

Chelsea Green, a 5-6 forward for Laguna Hills High, helped lead her team to the 2008 league championship. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native earned all-league honors once while being named team most valuable offensive player in 2006. Green was also a star on the track squad, having earned a total of two league titles (100m once and 200m twice), and is a member of the school-record 4x100m relay. An eight-year member of the Laguna Hills Eclipse club team, she helped that team to two league championships.

Of the Las Vegas recruits, the first are a pair of teammates from Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev. Hailey Garrison, a 5-3 midfielder, has started the past three seasons for the Gators, and is a two-time All-Southern Nevada First Team selection. She's also twice earned Best Team Player honors, as well as best defensive player for Green Valley her sophomore season. Garrison also has played for six years on the Southern Nevada ODP team and the past four years for the Rebels Select, two-time state champions.

The second player from Green Valley High to sign with the Rebels is Adrianna Guida. A 5-4 defender, Guida has started the past three seasons, and has earned all-state and all-city honors the past two years. She's also been named to the all-state academic team on both her first two seasons on the team as well. Along with Garrison, Guida helped Green Valley to two state championship runner-up finishes and two conference championships, and also was Garrison's teammate on the Southern Nevada ODP squad, from 2004-06.

Also from the Las Vegas area is Amber Burgess, a three-year starting goalkeeper for Coronado High in Henderson. During the 2007 season, Burgess tied the state record for most consecutive shutouts and helped the Cougars to a 12-2 mark. She was named to the first-team Southeast league, Sunrise Region, and Southern Nevada All-City teams. A goalkeeper for the Heat '89 club team in Las Vegas, Burgess helped the squad to the state cup finals.

"I am excited to announce our incoming class for the 2008 season," said Mertz. "They bring with them experience and the skills that will help our program continue to be very successful. I am looking forward to having them be a part of our Rebel Family."

UNLV won its fourth-straight Mountain West Conference championship this past season when it captured the regular season title with a 5-1-1 mark, and posted an overall 11-5-5 record.

 
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