Christy Carpenter (left) and Christina Measom celebrate signing national letters of intent to play volleyball for BYU in 2007.
Three Local Standouts Join Cougars For 2007
PROVO -- Three highly regarded Utah high school athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the BYU women's volleyball program for the 2007 season.
The class includes outside hitter Christy Carpenter, a three-time all-state honoree out of Lone Peak High School, outside hitter Christina Measom, who received all-state recognition twice at Lehi High School, and rightside hitter Casey Speredon, another two-time all-state winner at Granger High School.
Carpenter and Measom will add to BYU's already powerful outside-hitting duo of All-American Chelsea Goodman and Bryn Porter. Speredon will be counted on to bring depth to the rightside hitting position currently occupied by All-Mountain West Conference performer Erica Lott.
"Our staff is excited about our incoming class," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "They have proven through the recruitment process to embrace competition and to rely upon hard work in order to reach their goals. Each has expressed to us a commitment to our core values and to build upon the rich history of our volleyball program. They are a great athletic and academic match with our returning athletes."
A powerful addition to BYU's outside hitting core, Carpenter helped her team win state championships in 2003 and 2004 while advancing to the state title match in 2005 and 2006. She earned first-team all-state recognition after her senior campaign and second-team all-state honors as a sophomore and junior. The four-year letterwinner at Lone Peak has also been named All-Region 4 three times, earning MVP honors as a senior, and was the All-Valley MVP in 2006.
Measom played four years on varsity for the Lehi Pioneers, earning first-team all-state honors as a junior and senior while leading her team to a third-place state finish in 2006. She was also named the Region 7 MVP in both her junior and senior seasons as her team won Region in 2006. Measom's athleticism was also showcased on the track as she won the state championship in the 400-meter dash as a junior last year and received all-state recognition.
A two-time first-team all-state honoree as both a junior and senior, Speredon totaled 414 kills and 110 blocks during her final campaign and will bring much-needed depth to BYU's rightside. She was recognized as a first-team all-region performer as a sophomore, junior and senior while leading Granger to a second-place regional finish in 2006.
The following are complete biographical sketches of BYU's 2007 signees.
6-1 Outside Hitter
Cedar Hills, UT
Club: Played for Club Utah under head coach Scott Lee ... her Club Utah Elite 17 Black Team won two national qualifiers in 2006.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Lone Peak High School under head coach Deanna Meyer ... received 5A All-State recognition as a sophomore, junior and senior, including second-team honors in 2005 and first-team recognition as a senior in 2006 ... named All-Region 4 three times, earning MVP honors as a senior ... also named the Deseret News All-Valley MVP and to the Deseret News State All-Tournament Team in 2006 ... helped her team win the state title in 2003 and 2004 and earn second-place finishes in 2005 and 2006 ... lettered in track as a high jumper ... active member of the school sportsmanship council.
Parents are Bryan and Teri Carpenter ... has three brothers and one sister ... brother Cory played on the men's volleyball team at BYU in 2004 ... enjoys running and eating ... favorite foods are steak and pizza ... also recruited by Colorado State, Washington State, Utah State and Oregon State ... undecided major.
6-0 Outside Hitter
Club: Played for Club Utah under head coach Scott Lee.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Lehi High School under head coach Jamie Ingersoll ... competed as a freshman on the varsity team ... named first-team all-state in 2005 and 2006 while leading her team to a third-place state finish in 2006 ... earned All-Region 7 MVP as a junior and senior while helping her team win the region in 2006 ... team MVP ... also named all-state in track as a junior after winning the state championship in the 400-meter dash ... earned High Honor Roll all four years of high school with a 3.9 cumulative GPA ... actively involved in Big Brother/Big Sister Club.
Parents are Jeffrey and Jolene Measom ... has one brother ... enjoys running ... favorite foods are Chinese and Mexican food ... began playing volleyball in elementary school ... also recruited by Utah State, Colorado State, Nevada, LSU and Arizona State ... undecided major.
6-1 Rightside Hitter
West Valley City, UT
Club: Played for Club Utah at the Elite 18 level under head coach Scott Lee.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Granger High School under head coach Kristin Estes ... earned first-team all-state recognition as a junior and senior ... named first-team all-region as a sophomore, junior and senior, leading her team to a second-place regional finish as a senior in 2006 ... Deseret News Prep Athlete of the Week during her junior season ... totaled 414 kills and 110 blocks during her senior campaign ... also lettered in basketball ... named to the Honor Roll all four years of high school ... active member of the Lancer Action Team, a school service group.
Parents are Joe and Carol Speredon ... has three brothers and two sisters ... brother Jason is a member of the BYU football team ... enjoys art ... favorite food is anything Italian ... also recruited by Colorado State ... undecided major.