WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Paula Wiedemann, head coach of the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team, today announced the signing of five recruits for the 2013 season.
They include Kaili Simmons, a 5-foot, 11-inch outside attacker from El Dorado Springs, Mo.; Alyssa Aldag, a 5-foot, 5-inch libero from Fort Worth, Texas; Ashley Bishton, a 6-foot, 2-inch middle/right side attacker from Liberty, Mo.; Brianna Zebert, a 5-foot, 9-inch setter from Pierce City, Mo.; and Shalice Goss, a 5-foot, 7-inch setter from Houston, Texas.
“We are very excited to add this group of players to our roster for next season,” Wiedemann said. “They bring a lot of talent and skill to the court for us and will help us continue to grow as a team.”
A first-team Class 2A all-state player, Simmons comes from a good program at El Dorado Springs High School, Wiedemann said. “Kaili is an athlete who loves the game. She not only is a great volleyball player, she also is a second-team Class 3A all-state basketball player. She is a leader on the floor, works hard and expects to do what it takes to win. When we had her in for her visit, I was impressed with how she interacted with the rest of the team. She didn’t just stand back and let things happen around her. She jumped right in and acted as if she had been on the floor with the team before,” the coach said.
Aldag was a first-team all-District 4-5A player last season and an honorable mention all-District 7-5A player in 2011, and she helped her Keller Central High School team advance to the district playoffs her senior season.
“Alyssa is an outstanding defensive player,” Wiedemann said. “She plays for a very strong club team which finished first out of 244 teams in the Vegas Classic this past February. The more intense the game gets, the better she gets on the floor. She wants to make a difference in the game in her position as a defensive player, and that’s a great mindset to have.”
Bishton was a three-year varsity middle for Liberty North High School, which finished first in the Suburban Small Six Conference in 2012 and was a Class 4 district runner-up in 2011. “Ashley is going to be a versatile player for us,” Wiedemann said. “She has mainly been a middle, but she has experience as a right side, as well. Her ceiling is very high, and I think she will fit in well with our returning sophomores next year. She has great length, plays the game at a high level and is a good athlete.”
Zebert earned first-team all-conference, all-district and all-Southwest Area honors during her career at Pierce City High School. “Brianna is an all-around player who has done everything on the court,” Wiedemann said. “She makes herself valuable by doing whatever her team needs. She wants to focus on being a setter, and with her athleticism, she will continue to improve at a fast pace. I’m looking forward to seeing how far she will go.”
While at Dekaney High School, Goss earned second-team all-District13-5A honors as a setter. “Shalice played this past year for former Grizzly Annesia Crawford Penright. Nesi called me about her, we had her in for a visit, and we really liked the way she wants to play the game. She’s athletic, loves the game and is competitive, which makes a great combination for someone who wants to keep improving as a player,” Wiedemann said.
For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/.