Rebels Sign Two For The Court
April 11, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Two future Rebels signed national letters of intent to enroll at UNLV in the fall of 2006 and to play volleyball this upcoming season. Head Coach Allison Keeley signed Jessica Walters and Samantha Noland to play next season for the Rebels.
Walters is a senior at Ashland High School in Ashland, Oregon. She is on-line to graduate in the spring of 2006. At Ashland, Walters primarily plays the outside hitter and setter positions. She lettered all four seasons as a member of the Grizzlies. In her senior season, she was an integral part of her squad that went 34-1 en route to winning the 4A Oregon State Championship. She was named to numerous teams in 2005 with a first team all-state leading the way. She was also tabbed to the all-conference and all-state tournament teams, as well as winning the State Team Sportsmanship Award.
Noland is attending Campolindo High School in Moraga, Calif. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2006. At Campolindo, Noland played up at the net as a middle blocker and outside hitter. She has lettered two seasons as a member of the Cougars. Her team won the Daiblo Foothill Athletic League and finished second in the North Coast Tournament.
"Jessica and Samantha epitomize the type of people we want in the UNLV program," said Keeley. "Both student-athletes display strong core values, work ethic, competitive spirit and leadership. Both young ladies have set definitive academic and athletic goals for the next level and have high expectations for their UNLV experience."
"Jessica brings an explosive athleticism similar to the 2004 Mountain West Conference Co-Freshman of the Year, Maria Aladjova. With a high level of volleyball knowledge and experience, she can contribute immediately as an outside hitter/passer and as a setter. Samantha is a quick student and has the physical tools to challenge for the middle position previously held by Mariana Pencheva."