Garus Signs Three to Volleyball NLI's
Shawn Garus.
Nov. 17, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - Shawn Garus, Boise State's head volleyball coach, announced today that he has signed three prep standouts to National Letters of Intent. The trio includes Phoebe Bell from Brisbane, Australia, Sabryn Roberts from Torrance, Calif., and Reece Carman from Walla Walla, Wash. The trio will join the Broncos for the 2015 season. 
   
"I am very excited to add these three players to the team," commented Garus. "They each possess the size and skill we need to compete in the Mountain West. I can't wait for their arrival in Boise next summer."
    
Phoebe Bell is believed to be the first international player to sign with the Boise State volleyball team. She is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, where she has played both indoor and sand volleyball. The talented athlete has made a name for herself in the sand game where she has represented Australia on several occasions.
    
Bell has been a member of Australian National Beach Volleyball teams that traveled to Europe and Thailand for development camps. She has competed for Australia at the 2013 U19 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Portugal. Bell was also selected for the Australian youth teams that competed at the 2012 Asian Youth Women's Championships in China, as well as a silver medal winning team at the 2012 U17 Oceania Beach Volleyball Championships in Tahiti.
   
The 6-foot outside hitter has represented the state of Queensland at the national championships in both the indoor and sand game. Her U17 team won the gold at the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in 2013 at Melbourne. In addition, Bell was named to the all-star team at the 2012 Australian Junior Volleyball Championships when the Queensland indoor team won the gold.
    
"Phoebe is a very accomplished beach player who has represented Australia at international events," said Garus. "She is the first lefty I have recruited to Boise and I can't wait to add that dimension to our offense."
   
Sabryn Roberts is currently a senior at North High School in Torrance, Calif., where she plays for coach Marc Pioch. The 5-foot-9 outside hitter helped NHS to a 26-6 overall record and an 8-2 league mark this fall. The two-time team captain, she is currently hitting .491 percent as a senior with 127 kills (6.4 kps), 56 digs (2.8 dps) and 10 assists. Roberts has had an outstanding prep career with many honors including: two-time Pioneer League Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and junior, three-time all-conference, two-time all-area and All-CIF.  
  
Roberts plays club ball for Mizuno Long Beach under the direction of coach Joy Fuerbringer. While playing with the club Roberts' teams have placed second once, third twice and in the top-10 five times at USA Volleyball's Junior National Championship.  
  
"Sabryn is a powerful and very skilled outside/right side hitter," said Garus. "She has played club for one of the best programs in the country and has been very successful. Sabryn can and will do it all for the Broncos playing both front and back row."
  
Reece Carman is a senior at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wash., where she has been on the varsity team for three years. The senior captain was an all-district second-team honoree this year and honorable mention as a junior in 2013.  
  
The 6-foot-5 outside hitter has played for two club teams during her youth career. She has competed for Legacy Volleyball Club in Santa Clarita, Calif. As a freshman, her U15 team finished in the top-25 nationally. As a junior, Carman played again for Legacy on the U17 Elite team, a squad that finished in the top 10 at USA Volleyball's 2014 Junior National Championship
  
Carman has also played for Columbia Juniors located in Washington's Tri-Cities. As a sophomore her U16 Elite team finished the season fifth out of 93 teams in the Pacific Northwest.
   
In the summer of 2013 Carman was chosen to play on the USA Continental Team for USA Volleyball. She trained in Florida for 10 days and competed against teams from around the world. 

  
Another note of interest is that both her grandfather John Wilcox (Philadelphia) and great-uncle Dave Wilcox (San Francisco) played professionally in the National Football League. 
  
Carman's great-uncle Dave played football for Boise State in the 1960's when it was Boise Junior College and is a member of the Boise State Athletics Hall of Fame, as well as the NFL Hall of Fame. In addition, her cousin Justin Wilcox was a former defensive coordinator for the Boise State football team under coach Chris Petersen.   
  
"Reece is a 6-foot-5 outside/right side hitter with unlimited potential," commented Garus. "Reece comes from an athletic family and possesses all the physical abilities to be successful collegiately. She moves well and plays high, which is exactly what we need to compete in the Mountain West Conference."   


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