Santiam Christian High standout Maddy Gravley is among five new recruits in the Oregon State volleyball program announced on Thursday by coach Taras Liskevych.
A 6-foot-3 middle blocker, Gravley played on three state championship teams at Santiam Christian, the latest this past season.
“We have seen her develop the last three years,” Liskevych said. “We feel she has a tremendous upside to be an outstanding middle blocker in our program. We look forward to having Maddy in our program.”
She’s earned several postseason honors, including first-team all-conference this fall. She was also an all-tournament selection at state as a junior and senior.
The other four recruits have heavy backgrounds as outside hitters — Mary-Kate Marshall (Coppell, Texas), McKenna Hollingsworth (Carlsbad, Calif.), Lanesha Reagan (Snohomish, Wash.) and in-stater Hannah Troutman (Powell Butte).
“This is as deep of a group that we’ve had come here,” Liskevych said. “We have a really good class coming in and look forward to it with anticipation. Our outside hitters can play all the way around. They play all six positions.”
Three of the incoming players have already been recognized nationally. Marshall and Reagan were named to the Under Armour All-America second team while Hollingsworth was selected as honorable mention.
Marshall helped guide Coppell High to a 47-3 record and the Texas 5A State Championship in 2012. She was named all-district after the season. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter was on the all-tournament team for the USAV 17’s Nationals Open Division. The club, Texas Advantage, won the championship.
“We knew over two years ago when we first saw her that she is a diamond in the rough,” Liskevych said. “Her winning a state title in Texas last year and winning a junior national championship solidified that she will be a great addition to the program.”
Reagan, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, helped Snohomish to the top spot in Washington. She’s been a MaxPreps player of the week six times and earned various spots on all-conference teams. She led the state — at all division levels — in both kills and kills per set.
“We are excited about getting this top player from the state of Washington,” Liskevych said. “She has great all-around skills. She is a spectacular jumper and will draw a lot of excitement from the stands at Gill.”
Hollingsworth, a 6-foot outside hitter, comes from Tri-City Christian and is the San Diego County all-time leader in kills. In addition to an all-America honorable mention honor, she has also garnered first-team all-section and all-league awards.
“McKenna is a six-skilled volleyball player who has set the record for kills in San Diego County,” Liskevych said. “She has played on several top Southern California clubs and will be a jack-of-all-trades for this team.”
Troutman has experience at not just outside hitter, but is also listed as a defensive specialist during her tenure at Crook County High. She’s a first-team all-league and first-team all-state honoree while lettering four years.
She’s also served as team captain and most valuable player of the Rimrock Volleyball Club and has been named player of the year.
“Hannah is an outstanding athlete who has led her team to a state title,” Liskevych said. “She will add to our backcourt and possibly our front court.”