Garus Signs Three Prep Standouts
Nov. 8, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Shawn Garus, Boise State’s head volleyball coach, announced today the signing of three high school standouts Danielle Boss (Palm Desert, Calif.), Jessica Donahue (Roseville, Calif.) and Alyssa Wissinger (Chandler, Ariz.) to National Letters of Intent. The trio are the first to sign with Boise State for the fall 2018 season.

“I really like the 2018 signing class, we have good size and we are addressing the skill position needs of the program,” said Garus. “All three kids come from high level club programs and will be ready to contribute right away.”

Donahue is a three-year starter for the Roseville High School varsity volleyball team, coached by Travis Vincenzini and Cindy Simon, where she is a two-time first-team All-Capital Valley Conference honoree. During her three-year varsity career the Tigers won the region tournament once and placed second once. She is a two-time team captain, junior and senior years, and two-time recipient of the Coaches Award. Donahue plays club ball for SynergyForce Volleyball Club of Rocklin, Calif., where she is coached by Carson Lowden and formerly by Addie Hauschild.

“Jessica Donahue is a middle blocker out of the Sacramento area who has great size and will have the physical presence that we need at that position,” commented Garus. “With Jessica’s club experience in a good program and the coaching she has been getting there, we feel she will be ready to contribute right away.”

Boss is currently a senior at Palm Desert High School where she is a three-year starter for the Aztecs varsity squad coached by Rebecca Willis. Boss is a two-time honorable mention All-Desert Valley League honoree and was the team’s Outstanding All-Around Player as a junior. As a senior she is second on the team in hitting percent at .338, second in kills with 275 and first in blocks with 69. During the last three season’s she has help lead PDHS to two league championships and one second place finish with a combined conference record of 32-4. The Aztecs have advanced to the second round of CIF regionals the previous two years, with this year still in progress. Boss plays club ball for the 951 Elite Volleyball Club of Wildomar, Calif., coached by Dennis Palpallatoc. In 2017, her club team placed 21st at the AAU Nationals in the 18-Open Division and took first-place in the Bronze A Flight at Junior Nationals.

“Dani plays for a high level club team in southern California, a club that I know well and have recruited kids from before,” Garus said. “I’m confident that she has the ability and skill to be the type of player and leader that we need at the setter position.”

Alyssa Wissinger is a senior at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., where she plays for coach Ben Maxfield. As a senior she is a starter for the Aztecs varsity team tallying 212 kills, while hitting 41.5 percent to go with 51 blocks and 23 digs. She is currently ranked third in the state for hitting percentage. This year the team went undefeated in league at 17-0 and are 41-2 overall advancing to the Arizona 6A State Championship match tonight. Wissinger attended Valley Christian High School freshman through junior years where she played for Lisa Gross. She was a first-team All-Metro Region selection as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore. As a junior the Trojans went 27-17 overall and 9-1 in league play. Wissinger’s junior year statistics included hitting 39.1 percent for 301 kills with 128 blocks and 74 digs. VCHS reached the semifinals of the Arizona 3A State Tournament. Wissinger played for two different clubs during her youth career, most recently with the Club One AZ of Tempe, Ariz., where she is coached by Kelsey Girts. Prior to that she played for East Valley Juniors of Tempe, Ariz., coached by Patti Schoenhardt.

“Alyssa has great size and length, jumps well and she hits a variety of different sets. Alyssa plays for another high caliber club team in Arizona and I think she has the potential to develop into a really successful Mountain West volleyball player. Coming from Arizona, Alyssa also brings quality experience playing beach volleyball as well with the state sponsoring the sport in high school.”

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