BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball program and head coach Shawn Garus are pleased to announce the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2010 season. Garus welcomes freshmen Casey Rose (Eugene, Ore.) and Leah Stevens (Scottsdale, Ariz.) as well as transfer Darlene Nwagbuo (San Diego City College) to the upcoming season's roster.
Casey Rose joins the Broncos from Eugene, Ore., where she was a four-year member of the Sheldon High School volleyball team. A 5 -10, setter, Rose was able to lead her team to three Southwestern Conference titles. She also helped the Irish to three state tournament appearances, finishing as high as fourth in her senior season. She was twice named to the all-league first team as well as being named team MVP. As a senior she was named team captain while also earning all-state honors as a setter and Southwestern Conference Co-MVP for the 2009 season. Rose also competed eight seasons with the club team Webfoot Juniors. She is the younger sister of recently graduated and four-year Bronco, Jeanene Rose.
Leah Stevens will add to the outside hitter position for the Broncos after playing on the Notre Dame Prep varsity volleyball team at the position for three seasons. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native helped the Saints to three Arizona State 4AII tournament appearances, making it to the semi-finals twice (2008 & 2009), as well as, earning the state title in 2007. She was named to the all-state second team as a senior and earned an honorable mention honor as a junior. Stevens also helped her team to two East Sky Region Championships, earning all-region first team and honorable mention nods. Stevens was also named team MVP for Notre Dame Prep as a senior. A two-sport athlete, she participated in track and field as a sophomore and senior, earning the region championship in the long jump and high jump as a sophomore. Stevens is a four-time honor roll member at Notre Dame Prep. She brings with her four years of club team experience as well, playing for the Club Red team based out of Tempe, Ariz.
Darlene Nwagbuo joins the Broncos for her junior season after playing two seasons for the Knights of San Diego City College. A 6-0, middle blocker, Nwagbuo averaged 2.18 kills per set as a sophomore at SDCC as well as 1.23 blocks per set as a freshman. A San Diego, Calif., native Nwagbuo attended Crawford High School in San Diego prior to playing for SDCC.
The three newcomers will join nine Boise State returnees from the 2009 season, including three seniors, three juniors and three sophomores.