Bronco Volleyball Inks Four for 2008-09 in Early Signing

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BOISE, Idaho The 2007 volleyball season has just barely come to an end, but the Boise State volleyball program is already turning its eyes to the 2008 season. Head coach Robin Davis has announced the addition of four recruits who signed early National Letters of Intent for the 2008-09 season. The Broncos will welcome four freshmen, Eliza Pledger of Wilsonville, Ore., Elizabeth Griffin out of Roseville, Calif., Alexandra Diemer of Rocklin, Calif., and Lydia Blaha of Colorado Springs, Colo. to next season’s squad.

Davis brings in a mix of players, adding two middle blockers, one outside hitter and one setter, while also adding good size to the roster.

Standing at 6-3, Eliza Pledger is BSU’s tallest signee, hoping to make an immediate impact as a middle blocker. Pledger played for Wilsonville High School in Oregon where she led her team to a fourth place state finish in 2007. She was named to the 5A First Team State All-Tournament team as a junior and senior as well as to the Northwest Oregon Conference Volleyball All-Star First Team as a senior. Outside of high school play, Pledger also played for the Portland Volleyball Club. Pledger chose BSU after also looking at New Mexico State, University of San Francisco, Portland State and St. Mary’s. She hopes to pursue a degree in education at Boise State.

“Eliza will push our team to a physical level that BSU may have never experienced before,” says Coach Davis. “She brings 10-foot plus hitting that could quickly make her a starting middle.”

Boise State’s second signee, Elizabeth Griffin, will add all-around talent in the outside hitter position. At 6-0 tall, Griffin not only offers solid play at the net with a strong right arm, but will add her talents as a strong passer and defensive player. Playing for Woodcreek High School, Griffin averaged an outstanding 12 kills per match as a junior to lead her team, while also leading the Sierra Foothill League with 14.6 kills per match in league play. Beyond high school play, Griffin was also a member of the Force Volleyball Club. Choosing BSU as her number one choice, Griffin also looked at Colorado, Colorado State, Northern Arizona, and Sacramento State. Griffin will look to pursue a degree in business or marketing at Boise State.

Davis explains, “Elizabeth was our first choice as a skilled offensive outside hitter. She is a winner with incredible passion for the game.”

Entering as the smallest signee, the 5-8 Alexandra Diemer joins the Broncos as a setter. In her senior season, Diemer has helped her team to an impressive 34-7 record as well as a second place finish in the Sierra Foothill League with a 10-2 record. In club play, Diemer was a top player for Northern California’s Force Volleyball Club. On the court, Diemer offers great athletic abilities such as speed, jumping ability, and soft hands while also offering great on-court leadership. In the classroom, Diemer works just as hard, holding a 4.0 grade point average at Rocklin High School. Diemer chose Boise State over Washington State, Nevada Reno, and Texas Christian University. She hopes to pursue a degree in education or nursing at Boise State.

“Alexandra is a smart setter who is fast and possesses tremendous court leadership,” explained Davis. “She was highly recruited and her top-two came down to BSU and a PAC-10 school. We know what we've got!”

Coming in as the second of two middle blockers, Lydia Blaha adds great versatility with the ability to play right side, outside, or middle at any time. The 6-0 high school senior recently led The Classical Academy to a Colorado Class 3A State Runner-Up title. Dubbed “one of the most dominant players in the state” by Rocky Mountain News, Blaha was also named to the 2007 Rocky Mountain News Class 3A All-Tournament Team. Continuing beyond high school play, Blaha competed for the highly touted Colorado Juniors club team. Picking BSU over Wyoming, New Mexico, Montana, and Gonzaga, Blaha hopes to receive her degree in journalism at Boise State.

Lydia is a dynamic athlete with a quick jump and great arm,” stated Davis. “We expect her to compete to start right away and be able to play multiple positions.”

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