Athlete Feature

Three recruits added to 2014 women's volleyball roster

(Photo by Dave Broberg/BYU Graphics)

PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s volleyball head coach Shawn Olmstead announced the team will welcome three additional freshmen to the 2014 roster.

Jaiden Achermann, Aspen Potter and Alohi Robins-Hardy will join Danelle Parady and Malery Wahlin as the five additions to this year’s squad.

"We are excited about the addition of Jaiden, Aspen and Alohi," Olmstead said. "All three kids bring some experience and enthusiasm for the game. We've enjoyed our interaction with them throughout the entire recruiting process."

Achermann—a 5-foot-9 Eagle Mountain, Utah, high school senior—will play at the libero/defensive specialist position.

“Jaiden will add tremendously to our serve-receive ability as she has a great eye for the ball and next play,” Olmstead said.

Potter, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, will join the Cougars from Yorba Linda, Calif.

“Aspen has great vision and feel at the net blocking,” Olmstead said.

Robins-Hardy, a setter/outside hitter from Honolulu, Hawai’i, will join BYU on both the women’s volleyball and basketball teams.

“Alohi has great leadership abilities both on and off the court that translate well in her game,” Olmstead said.

The freshmen join a team that went 24-7 overall, including a second-consecutive trip to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The team lost three seniors in 2013, including one starter, but returns All-American Jennifer Hamson for her final season of eligibility.

Biographical Information

Jaiden Achermann

Hometown: Eagle Mountain, Utah
Previous School: Lone Peak High School
Position: Libero/defensive specialist
Height: 5-9

Before BYU:

Club:

  • Played for Aces Athletics
  • Went to Junior Nationals in 2009

High School:

  • Four-year starter
  • Helped lead her team to a second-place finish in state her junior year
  • Only played nine sets her senior season due to a torn ACL
  • 5A All-State Honorable Mention
  • Named Player of the Match vs. Marymount on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
  • No. 7 Utah recruit by maxpreps.com

 

Aspen Potter

Hometown: Yorba Linda, Calif.
Previous School: Yorba Linda High School
Position: Middle blocker
Height: 6-2

Before BYU:

Club:

  • Played with Impact Volleyball Club from 2008-11
  • Played with Goldenwest Volleyball Club from 2012-13
  • Played with T-Street Volleyball Club in 2014
  • Qualified for the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics from 2011-14
  • Played for the Southern California Volleyball Association High Performance team from 2011-12

High School:

  • Four-year letterwinner and varsity starter
  • Led her team to the CIF California Section Tournament from 2012-14
  • Team captain from 2012-14
  • Helped team win the Empire League Championship from 2012-14
  • All-time career leader at Yorba Linda High in kills, blocks and hitting percentage
  • High School Scholar Athlete from 2011-14
  • Made the All-Empire League first team all four years
  • Varsity team MVP all four years
  • All-Orange County team for four years
  • Prep Volleyball Top 100 Senior Aces in 2014

 

Alohi Robins-Hardy

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai’i
Previous School: Kamehameha High School
Position: Setter/outside hitter
Height: 6-1

Before BYU:

High school volleyball:

  • Hawai’i volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year
  • Led her team to a 32-2 record and a state title in 2013
  • Named the 2013 Division I State Tournament MVP
  • Named the 2013 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year
  • Named to the Star-Advertiser Fab 15 team (one of just five freshman since 2001)
  • Added to the MaxPreps 2013 High School Volleyball All-American Third Team

High school basketball:

  • Three-year starter and team captain as a center
  • Three All-State team honors
  • Helped team to a state championship in 2012