Rebels Sign Four For 2008
Leah Maurer of Shawnee Mission, Kan., signes her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at UNLV in the Fall of 2008.
Leah Maurer of Shawnee Mission, Kan., signes her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at UNLV in the Fall of 2008.

Dec. 4, 2007

LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels added four players to its 2008 lineup with Amanda Alles, Monika Karney, Leah Maurer and Cursty Jackson. All four student-athletes will enroll at UNLV in the fall of 2008 and be eligible to play next fall announced head coach Allison Keeley.

"This 2007 recruiting class boasts the strongest and most experienced group of athletes to come into the program since we arrived at UNLV four years ago," noted Keeley. "This class has great leadership and competitive qualities that will define UNLV Volleyball for the next four years."

Alles is a senior middle blocker/setter at Hunterdon Central High School in Somerville, N.J. She comes to UNLV after lettering all four years for the Red Devils. During her senior season, her team won the Skylands Conference, en route to taking the county and Group IV State Championship. Her team reached the finals of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions and finished 2007 with a 32-5 record. Individually, she was named to the three first teams: All-State, All-Skylands Conference and All-101 County.

"Amanda has all the physical tools to become a dynamic 6-2 setter/hitter."

Karney is a senior middle blocker at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Wash. She comes to UNLV after lettering three years for the Rams. She helped her team to the 3A District Tournament and was named to the Western Cascade Conference's First Team, as well as, The Olympians All-Area Volleyball Team.

"Monika is a polished all-around player that can pass, play defense and swing in all three positions for us."

Maurer is a senior middle blocker/right side hitter at Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kan. She lettered three years split between Bishop Miege High School and Shawnee Mission East. She helped her team to the Eastern Kansas League Championship before finishing the year as the runner-up in the Kansas 5A State Championships. The Stags closed out 2007 with a 42-2 overall record. She was named to the EKL Honorable Mention Team this past season and was on the Sunflower League's First Team in 2006 and the Second Team in 2005.



"Leah is an extremely aggressive blocker and consistent hitter who has the potential to dominate at the net."

Jackson is a middle blocker at Rowland Heights High School in Rowland Heights, Calif. She lettered three years for the Raiders, while holding captain duties in 2007. The team made it to the first round of the CIF Tournament, while she was named to the San Antonio League First Team.

"Cursty possesses great speed and explosiveness which will allow her to develop into a top Mountain West Conference middle blocker."

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