Cougars Sign Two Athletes

High School All-American Ashton Hansen, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker, joins Brighton High School's Marisa Vandersteen in signing national letters of intent to play volleyball at BYU in 2005.

PROVO -- Two highly regarded high school athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the BYU women's volleyball program in 2005. The class consists of All-American middle blocker Ashton Hansen of Idaho Falls, Idaho and all-state middle blocker Marisa Vandersteen of Sandy, Utah.

The two recruits add to BYU's already powerful defensive scheme that includes returning Blocker of the Year Lindsy Hartsock. The Cougars were ranked fifth in the nation in blocking in 2004.

"I think our 2005 class compliments our returning athletes well," said BYU Women's Volleyball Head Coach Jason Watson. "They're physical, they like to compete and they're excited about the direction our program is heading."

Hansen, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker, led the state of Idaho with 342 blocks as a senior and is listed as a Senior Ace by prepvolleyball.com. Hansen led Idaho Falls High School to the state championship in all four years of her high school career, winning the title both her junior and senior seasons, while being named All-State First Team in 2003 and 2004 and All-State Second Team in 2002.

"Ashton has an enthusiasm for BYU that is unmatched by anyone I've ever met," said Watson. "She is excited about our program and has proven herself to be a very good volleyball player. We're excited to have her."

Vandersteen, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker out of Brighton High School, was selected to the Senior All-Star Team and earned All-State First Team recognition from both the Deseret Morning News and the Salt Lake Tribune in her senior season. She was also voted region MVP after leading the Bengals to consecutive region championships in her junior and senior years and a second-place state finish as a senior.

"Marisa is an extremely physical athlete who has played for wonderful club and high school coaches," Watson said. "She is certainly going to be capable of great things."

For more information on each of BYU's 2005 signees, click on the following links.

Ashton Hansen Bio

Marisa Vandersteen Bio