Nov. 9, 2016
BOISE (Idaho) - Boise State’s head volleyball coached Shawn Garus announces the signing of two high school standouts Catherine Clemens and Kiley Lewis to National Letters of Intent. Clemens is a 6-foot outside hitter from Burns, Ore., while Lewis is a 6-foot-2 outside hitter from Auburn, Wash.
“We’re really excited about our recruiting class for 2017,” Garus said. “Kiley and Catherine are terrific athletes that can play outside or rightside and can both make an immediate impact on our team. They’re high, they’re fast dynamic athletes and they will be really good fits here at Boise State.”
Introducing Catherine Clemens
Clemens is a four-year member and three-year starter for the Burns High School Highlanders’ varsity team. Even though the 2015 Oregon 2A State Player of the Year was forced to sit out her senior year of prep volleyball because of injury, she brings great potential to the program.
“Catherine is a player that we started watching when she was a ninth grader in high school,” said Garus. “We saw that she was a super athlete early on in her career. Once we got to know her more we found out that she was from a very athletic family with her brother playing in the NFL and her sisters playing collegiately at Portland. I love that she is from Burns (Ore.) which is only about three hours down the road from Boise. So she was able to come over and watch us play and come to our camps for a couple years. The more we got to know her the more we really liked her and knew she would be a great fit. We are excited to have her come play for us.”
Clemens is a two-time all-conference honoree and was the Wapiti League Player of the Year as a junior. The three-time team MVP averaged 4.5 kills, 1.7 blocks, 1.4 service aces and 3.1 digs per set as a junior. She helped Burns to back-to-back league and Oregon 2A State championships with a 25-0 conference record and 66-7 overall mark during her sophomore and junior campaigns.
The future Bronco is an accomplished multi-sport athlete at BHS competing in track and field where she won the state high jump championship as a freshman. She was also the Oregon State 2A and Wapiti League Player of the Year in basketball as a junior. Clemens has earned consecutive Johnny Carpenter 1A-4A Female Athlete of the Year honors at the 2015 and 2016 Oregon Sports Awards.
Clemens played two years of AAU ball for Rimrock Volleyball Club out of Prineville, Ore., coached by Joel Kent. She also competed for two years with the Burns Volleyball Club coached by Paula Toney.
She comes from an athletic family where her older brother Kellen Clemens was a standout quarterback for the University of Oregon and currently plays for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. Her two older sisters also played collegiately at the University of Portland with Maria (2007-11) competing in volleyball, while Jessica (2006-11) played both basketball and volleyball.
Introducing Kiley Lewis
Kiley Lewis is a senior at Auburn Mountainview High School where she is a four-year starter for the Lions who are coached by Boise State alumna Telia Peterson (2004-05).
“Kiley is a terrific all-around athlete. Initially, we learned about her from beach volleyball and then found out she is coached by one of our alums Telia Peterson,” Garus commented. “Kiley loves to play on the beaches over in the Seattle area and has traveled to play in some tournaments down in California. Kiley is a great athlete whether it is on the sand or on the hard court. In the year and a half that we have been recruiting her I feel like she has added another inch or two to her jump and grown a little taller. I’m really excited about her up side and I think that she can come in her and do some good things for us right away both on the court and beach.”
Lewis and AMHS are currently competing in the Washington 4A State Tournament during their first season in the top classification, so not all postseason awards have been announced. However, Lewis’ honors are numerous and include being just named the 2016 North Puget Sound League MVP and earning all-conference and all-league accolades for three consecutive years, twice at the 3A level with the last coming at 4A this season.
She is a two-time Tacoma News Tribune Puget Sound All-Area Team honoree as a sophomore and junior. In addition, Lewis has received numerous athlete of the week honors throughout her career from such organizations as the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune , KING 5 (TV) and USA Today.
As a junior in 2015 Lewis tallied 249 kills to average 4.9 kills per set while hitting 31.7 percent. She was named to the WIAA 3A All-State Tournament Team helping the Lions to a seventh-place finish.
As a senior this fall Lewis hit 32.5 percent on her way to 324 kills during the regular season, ranked second in the league, and averaged 6.8 kills per set. She will leave AMHS as the single season and career record hold for kills in program history.
Lewis is a two-sport athlete also competing in track and field. She played five years of club volleyball for the Puget Sound Volleyball Academy of Federal Way, Wash., coached by Joe Baleto.