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Feb. 5, 1998

UNLV Volleyball Signs Three Standouts

LAS VEGAS- The UNLV volleyball program has signed three standouts to national letters of intent to attend UNLV beginning in Fall 1998, Head Coach Deitre Collins announced Wednesday.

Nora Bernson, a 5-11, outside hitter from St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M., Amber Graham, a 6-foot middle blocker from Cimmaron High School in Las Vegas and Jeanette Graves, a 6-1 right-side hitter from Salt Lake City Community College in Utah are the three additions to Collins' program.

"I am excited about next year's team," Collins said. "We will definitely be a stronger and more offensive team with these three student-athletes. I think our defense was good last year, so we really tried to focus on the offensive end and I think we were successful."

Bernson, who's high school team won the last two New Mexico state championships, was selected to the first-team all-city, all-district and all-state teams as a senior last year. In addition she was named to the Club Volleyball All-American Team.

"Nora is a player that we really felt we needed," Collins said. "She will add depth to our outside hitting position and she is a good defensive player. She is an extremely hard hitter and we are looking for her to complement Angie Sylvas (junior outside hitter) on the court."

Graham, a local product, was selected First-Team All-Sunset League and first-team all-region last fall. "Amber is a very dynamic player," Collins said. "We didn't start out recruiting her, but after we had watched her improve so much over the last few months, we got in the race. She will be a strong presence in the middle for us."

Graves, who is from West Jordan, Utah, was a National Junior College All-American and was a First-Team All-Scenic West League selection.

"Jeanette will bring size and power to our offense and she possesses a wealth of experience," said Collins. "I think Jeanette is one person who will definitely come in and make an immediate impact. She will help our right side, which is an area that we needed to address. She will also help free up Meri-de Boyer (junior setter) to focus primarily on setting the ball."

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