Cougars Confirm Top Volleyball Recruiting Class

BYU Head Coach Karen Lamb announced the signing of four highly-regarded recruits on Monday. Setter Amy Schlauder, middle blocker Rachel Dyer, and outside hitters Chelsea Goodman and Bryn Porter officially committed to the Cougar program. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Four Highly Sought-After High School Prospects Sign with the Cougars

PROVO -- BYU Head Coach Karen Lamb announced Monday the signing of four highly sought after high school recruits to NCAA Letters of Intent to play volleyball at BYU next season.

Amy Schlauder, a 6-foot-1 setter (Las Vegas, Nev.); Chelsea Goodman, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter (Mesa, Ariz.); Rachel Dyer, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Bryn Porter, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter (Encinitas, Calif.) have committed to the third-winningest women's volleyball program in NCAA Division I history.

"This is an exciting recruiting class we have -- and perhaps one of the best BYU has ever had," BYU coach Karen Lamb said. "All four of the players are extremely talented, but each also brings with them a high level of intensity and competitiveness.

"These players will come in and strengthen every position on the court for our team."

Schlauder, from Durango High School, just led the Trailblazers to their second consecutive state 4A championship Saturday. She is a four-year starter and holds the Durango HS record for assists in a match (68) and also holds the Nevada single-season record for assists with 1,151, set in 2002. As a sophomore and junior, she was a member of the U.S. Youth National Team and in 2002 was named to the Junior Olympics All-Tournament Team. She is also a Prepvolleyball.com Senior Ace, ranking as the No. 26 recruit in the nation. Graduating in the top 3% of her class, Schlauder was also recruited by Stanford, USC, Pepperdine, Florida, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State.

"Amy is a great setter with tremendous potential," Lamb said. "She has uncommon intangibles and is a true student of the game. Over the past several years, Amy's had extensive experience with the Nevada Juniors Volleyball Club, and she is a proven winner."

Goodman, from Mountain View High School, has been a first-team all-state selection as a sophomore and junior. She has trained with the U.S. Youth National Team (2000-2003) and was named as an honorable mention All-American as a junior. Goodman was also named as East Valley Region Player of the Year the past three seasons. She is also a Prepvolleyball.com Senior Ace, ranking as the No. 41 recruit in the nation. She chose BYU over Utah and Texas.

"Chelsea is an outstanding athlete," Lamb said. "She is a go to player on offense, but what sets her apart is her tenacity on defense. She's a very intense leader on the court."

Dyer, from La Costa Canyon High School, is a three-year letterwinner, who led her team to the California "Sweet Sixteen" as a junior. She was the Fall Classic Tournament MVP in 2002 and 2003 and was named to the California Challenge All-Tournament team in 2003. Dyer led the Epic Volleyball Club to a 13th-place finish in the 18's (open division) at the 2003 National Junior Olympics. She is also a Prepvolleyball.com Senior Ace, ranking as the No. 47 recruit in the nation. She was also recruited by Georga Tech, Arizona, Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara, Iowa, Utah State and Northwestern.

"Rachel is a very versatile player that can play in all three of the front row positions," Lamb said. "She possesses a great personality and is a consummate team player. Her best attribute is hitting right now, and she hits the slide very well, but she has the potential to develop into a top blocker, as well."

Porter, from Thousand Oaks High School, is a four-year letterwinner. As a junior, she was named First-Team All-Marmonte, as well as being named best team offensive player and MVP. She also led the Southern California Volleyball Club to a first place finish at the Junior Olympic Invitational this year, where she was named MVP. Porter is a Prepvolleyball.com top 250 Senior Ace, and chose BYU over Utah and Arizona State.

"Bryn is a powerful outside hitter, who has tremendous talent, and is only beginning to tap into her potential," Lamb said. "She has overcome injuries and is constantly improving. I expect that she'll have a strong club season before coming to BYU."

With 921 all-time wins, BYU is the third winningest NCAA Division I women's volleyball program. Currently 20-7, the Cougars have now won 20 or more matches in 29 of the past 30 seasons. BYU has also qualified for 20 of 22 NCAA Championship Tournaments.

"I'm thrilled that the girls committed to BYU, and we are just as happy to be making a commitment to them," Lamb said. "This is a program that is filled with tradition and we expect them to help us continue the excellence that has been established.

"Not only are these girls top talents, but they are each wonderful people as well, and they will fit in well with our team."

2004 Recruit Biographies

Amy Schlauder (6-foot-1 Setter)

Club/National: Played for Nevada Juniors (Las Vegas, Nev.) for six years (1998-2003) ... placed 12th in the 18's (open division), fifth place in the 17's (open division) and 15th place in the 16's (open division) at National Junior Olympics ... she was named to the 2002 Junior Olympics All-Tournament Team ... attended the U.S. National High Performance Camp as a freshman ... member of the U.S. Youth National Training Team as a sophomore and junior ... competed as a member of Team Utah at the Utah-Moscow Games in Moscow, Russia in 2003 ... club coached by Bob Kelly.

High School -- (2000-2003): Four-year letterwinner at Durango (Trailblazers) High School in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Prepvolleyball.com Senior Ace, ranked as No. 26 recruit in the nation ... Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" selection ... led Durango HS to back-to-back Nevada 4A Championships as a junior and senior ... as a senior led the Trailblazers to a 36-3 record and a No. 17 final national ranking ... high school All-American selection as a junior (honorable mention) and senior ... four-year varsity starter, named to the First-Team All-Southwest Division and Sunset Region All-Conference teams all four years ... Sunset Region MVP as a sophomore and senior ... as a freshman and sophomore, she led her team to a pair of third place state finishes ... holds the Durango HS record for assists in a match (68) and also holds the Nevada single-season record for assists with 1,151, set in 2002 ... graduating with an honors diploma in the top 3% of her class ... 2000-2004 Scholar Athlete with a 4.4 GPA ... president of Future Educators of America ... member of the National Honor Society (2002-2004) ... 2003 Nevada State Finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman Award ... Durango HS student body president (2003-2004) ... also recruited by Stanford, USC, Pepperdine, Florida, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State.

Personal: Born Amy Schlauder on May 7, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nev. ... parents are Allyn and Linda Schlauder of Las Vegas, Nev. ... has four siblings, including, Amber (26), Jennie (24), Leah (22) and Allyson (15) ... she first played volleyball at a BYU Cougar Cub Camp when she was seven years old and went on to attend seven more BYU volleyball camps ... undecided major.

Bryn Porter (5-foot-10 Outside Hitter)

Club: Played for Southern California Volleyball Club (Redondo Beach, Calif.) for two years (2002-2003) ... led SCVC to a first-place finish and was named MVP in the 18s division at the Junior Olympic Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz. ... also played one year each for the following clubs: Renegades (14s), Wildcats (16s), Beulah (16s) and ABVC Kaepa (18s) ... coached by Bill Ferguson.

High School -- (2000-2003): Four-year letterwinner at Thousand Oaks (Lancers) High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif. ... as a junior, she was First-Team All-Marmonte League, Thousand Oaks HS MVP and best offensive player ... also lettered in track and field as a freshman ... coached by Yariv Lerner ... chose BYU over Utah and Arizona State.

Personal: Born Bryn Legalo Porter on June 27, 1986 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. ... parents are Aldric and Mari Porter of Camarillo, Calif. ... Prepvolleyball.com top 250 Senior Ace ... has five siblings, including, Mehgan (23), Leah (21), Micah (19), Hannah (9) and Delaney (7) ... both her parents and older sisters have graduated from BYU ... brother-in-law Benjamin Tuifua played football at BYU ... got started in volleyball by playing on the beach with her cousins ... her nickname is "Porter" ... undecided major.

Chelsea Goodman (5-foot-11 Outside Hitter)

Club: Played for Club Red Volleyball Club (Mesa, Ariz.) for three years (2001-2003) ... also played a combined seven years for East Valley, Imua and Molten volleyball clubs ... coached by Joe Hess.

High School -- (2000-2003): Four-year letterwinner at Mountain View (Toros) High School in Mesa, Ariz. ... Prepvolleyball.com Senior Ace, ranked as No. 41 recruit in the nation ... high school All-American selection as a junior (honorable mention) and senior ... trained with the U.S. Youth National Team 2000-2003 ... she was a first-team all-state selection as a sophomore and junior ... she was an East Valley Region first-team selection all four years, and was region player of the year as a sophomore, junior and senior ... as a freshman, she was second on the team in kills and digs, and in her next three years, she was the team MVP ... coached by Katie Roberson ... also lettered one year in track and field (2000) ... chose BYU over Texas and Utah.

Personal: Born Chelsea Goodman on April 8, 1986 in Mesa, Ariz. ... parents are Gail and Linda Goodman of Mesa, Ariz. ... she has five siblings, including, Clint (28), Carly (26), Brian (24), Evonne (21) and Tanner (13) ... her two older sisters, Carly and Evonne, played volleyball at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) ... her favorite food is anything edible, and her most unusual talent is eating a lot of food ... nickname is "Goody" ... physical therapy major.

Rachel Dyer (6-foot-1 Middle Blocker)

Club: Played for Epic Volleyball Club (Poway, Calif.) for two years (2002-2003) ... placed 13th in the 18's (open division) at the 2003 National Junior Olympics ... coached by Ozhan Bahrambeygui.

High School -- (2000-2003): Three-year letterwinner at La Costa Canyon (Mavericks) High School in Carlsbad, Calif. ... team made it to the state's "Sweet Sixteen" as a junior ... as a senior led the Mavericks to a 31-6 record and a No. 84 final national ranking ... Fall Classic Tournament MVP in 2002 and 2003 ... California Challenge All-Tournament Team (2003) ... team MVP (2002) ... San Diego Section CIF runners up (2002) ... Prepvolleyball.com top 250 Senior Ace, ranked as the No. 47 recruit in the country ... Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" selection ... coached by Ed Machado ... also lettered two years in basketball ... First-Team All-CIF Academic Team in 2002 ... member of the National Honor Society ... also recruited by Georgia Tech, Arizona, Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara, Iowa, Utah State and Northwestern.

Personal: Born Rachel Lyn Dyer on May 30, 1986 in La Jolla, Calif. ... parents are Robert and Lynda Dyer of Encinitas, Calif. ... she is the seventh of 10 children; her siblings include, Greg (29), Jennifer (28), Scott (26), Rebecca (23), Emily (21), Lance (19), Tammy (15), Spencer (14) and Nathan (12) ... her grandmother, parents and older siblings have all attended BYU ... she enjoys playing the piano and violin ... her brother, Lance, is currently a missionary in Chile ... nickname is "Dyer" ... undecided major.