Boise State Volleyball Signs Watt, Duren in Late Signing Period

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State volleyball program and head coach Robin Davis are pleased to announce the signing of Laura Watt and Kirsten Duren to National Letters of Intent to join the 2009-2010 Bronco roster. The pair of California natives signed in the NCAA late signing period on Wednesday, April 8.


“It feels good to sign true student-athletes,” said Davis. “The addition of Watt and Duren along with the early signing of Elizabeth Harden gives us a solid promise to raise our standard.”


A native of Encinitas, Calif., Watt joins the team as an expected middle blocker. Standing at 6 feet 1 inch tall, Watt will impact the Broncos immediately after playing as the starting middle blocker for La Costa Canyon High School which was voted the No. 1 prep team in the country by, and Volleyball Magazine. During her senior season, she was named the 2009 California State Tournament Sportsmanship Award Winner after helping the Mavericks to the 2008 California Division I State Championship title. In her two seasons as a member of the La Costa Canyon High varsity team, Watt guided the Mavericks to the San Diego California Interscholastic Federation Division I Championship titles in both her junior and senior seasons. As a junior, Watt helped her team to a third place finish in the 2007 California State Division I tournament. Outside of high school play, Watt’s most recent club experience comes with the Coast Volleyball Club. Looking to be a strong collegiate student-athlete, she holds a current grade point average of 3.83.


“Laura shows great poise and is extremely efficient as a middle attacker,” explained Davis. “Being a starting middle on the top high school team in the country has given Laura early maturity. I believe she can give us stability in the middle position from the first day she arrives in Boise.”


A Ripon, Calif., native, Duren joins the Broncos’ roster as a highly decorated setter. In her career at Ripon High School, she helped the Indians to a Northern California runner-up title in 2008. The 5-foot-4-inch setter also guided her team to the Trans Valley League Championship title in 2006, 2007 and 2008 as well as the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section runner-up titles during the same seasons. As a junior and senior she was named the Modesto Bee Volleyball Player of the Year while also earning the RHS team MVP honors. She earned the Max Preps/AVCA California Volleyball Player of the Week nod for the week of September 30, 2007 while also being named the Trans Valley League MVP in 2007. She picked up the Manteca All-Area Team Award Co-MVP title during her sophomore season while also earning the sole MVP title as a junior. Duren was named to the Trans Valley League First-Team as a freshman, sophomore and senior while also earning Stockton All-Area Team and RHS Best Offensive Player honors in 2006. In club play, she played for Delta Valley where she led her team to a third-place finish in the Junior Olympic 17-National Division in 2008 while also being named to the J.O. All-Tournament team. A well-rounded student-athlete, Duren has been a four-year member of Honor Roll, the Block R Officer for three years, a member of Music Ensemble for two years, an ASB Leadership Club member as a freshman and sophomore and a ASB Activities Club member as a junior and senior.


“The first time I saw Kirsten setting during her junior club season, I said that is the setter we want!’” said Davis. “She can do everything well; there are very few volleyball players that have her volleyball IQ. She is a winner who shows great humility at the same time and we expect her to impact our team immediately.”


The newest pair of signees joins early signee Harden as well as Washington State transfer Breann Nesselhuf as the newest members of the 2009 Boise State volleyball roster. Davis plans for Watt to don the No. 16 jersey for Boise State while Duren will wear No. 12 for the orange and blue.








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