Nov. 17, 2014
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."
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.
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
"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.
note of interest is that both her grandfather John Wilcox (Philadelphia) and
great-uncle Dave Wilcox (San Francisco) played professionally in the National
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.
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."