Garus Signs Baugh and White to Volleyball NLI's
BOISE, Idaho - Shawn Garus, Boise State's head volleyball coach, announced this afternoon the signing of Sarah Baugh and Janessa White to a National Letters of Intent to play for the Broncos in 2012.  Baugh, a 5-9 setter from Poulsbo, Wash., is a two-time conference MVP and four-time all-conference honoree. White is a 6-0 outside hitter from Salem, Ore., where she was the league MVP this fall and is a three-time all-conference honoree. They are the first two members of the 2012 recruiting class to sign with the Broncos.

"I am excited to have two players the quality of these young ladies coming into our program," said Garus. "They bring alot of talent and athletic ability with them and will give us a boost in overall depth. They will fit in well with the players returning and with the way we want to play on the court next year."

Baugh is currently a senior at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Wash., where she is a four-year starter. She is the school's all-time leader in kills, assists and digs helping NKHS to two-consecutive Washington state tournament appearances, the only two in school history. Baugh's honors are numerous including: two-time Olympic League MVP, four-time All-Olympic League First Team, four-time All-Kitsap County Team, four-time North Kitsap High School team MVP and four-time team captain. She is also a letterwinner on the NKHS girls' basketball team where she was honorable mention all-league. Sarah plays club ball for the Washington Volleyball Academy of Edmonds, Wash. Baugh chose Boise State because, "I liked the coaches and players, and I felt at home in Boise."

"I am thrilled to have Sarah in our program," said Garus. "She has all the leadership qualities we are looking for at the setter position...high energy, hard working and assertive."

White is a senior at South Salem High School in Salem, Ore. The six-footer is a two-time team captain and four-year member of the varsity squad where she earned Central Valley Conference Player of the Year recognition this fall. She is a three-time all-conference honoree making first team status the last two seasons and second team as a sophomore. White recorded 390 kills, 191 digs and 51 blocks during her senior year. She is also a letterwinner in track and field where she is the defending Oregon state champion in the long jump. White was named the Salem Athlete of the Week in both volleyball and track as a junior. She has played club ball for both the Oregon Juniors Volleyball Club of Beaverton, Ore., the last two years and the Salem Volleyball Club as a freshman. In addition to her athletic success, White is a standout in the classroom where she is a three-year member of the Honor Roll. White picked Boise State because, "I liked the coaches and team, as well as the sense of community at the school. It is also close enough to home so my family can watch me play."

"We really like what Janessa brings to the outside hitter position," commented Garus. "She is an elite athlete with tremendous upside for the future.  I expect her to make a big impact for our program."

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