Outside hitter Kylin Munoz, shown here signing her leter of intent, is ranked No. 6 nationally on prepvolleyball.com’s Senior Ace list
PROVO -- Two highly regarded high school athletes have signed national letters of intent to join the BYU women’s volleyball program for the 2009 season.
The class includes outside hitter Kylin Munoz, a native of Monroe, Wash., who is ranked No. 6 nationally on prepvolleyball.com’s Senior Ace list, and middle blocker Kathryn LeCheminant, a first-team all-region selection out of Layton High School in Layton, Utah.
“I love the direction that BYU volleyball is going,” said Cougar head coach Shay Goulding. “We have some great athletes returning, and with the addition of Kathryn and Kylin the future looks extremely bright. Without a doubt, we will be back on track to the winning traditions established here at BYU.”
Recognized as a Class of 2009 Top 50 Recruit, Munoz comes to BYU after a highly decorated playing career at Monroe High School. She was named a 2008 Under Armour first-team All-American and received 2007 prepvolleyball.com All-America High Honorable Mention. She is also a first-team all-state selection, three-time all-league pick and two-time Seattle Times All-Area Team honoree. Named the 2007 Everett Herald Player of the Year, she is an exceptional athlete with the ability to be an immediate presence for the Cougars. As a senior in 2008, Munoz set the school record with 48 kills in one match while averaging 7.1 kills per set, 27 kills per match and 2.9 digs per set on .451 hitting for the year. She was recruited by over 100 schools, including perennial top-5 teams Penn State, Nebraska, Washington and USC.
“Kylin was one of the most sought-after recruits in the country, and we are extremely excited for her to wear a BYU jersey,” said Goulding. “She is very mature and is ready to come in and make an impact in the Mountain West Conference right away. She is an excellent teammate and will fit well into our program. I look forward to watching her career develop and seeing her quickly become one of the most talented players to ever play in the Smith Fieldhouse.”
Munoz was recently featured in ESPN's Rise Magazine. To read the story click HERE.
An All-Region 1 First Team selection, LeCheminant is a three-year varsity letterwinner at Layton High School with career highs of 25 kills, eight blocks and five service aces. She garnered all-state honorable mention while helping her team win the region championship and place fifth at the state championship tournament in 2008. Known as a smart player and a strong competitor who is capable of routinely posting double-digit kills and blocks, LeCheminant was also recruited by Utah, Utah State and UNLV among others. Showing her athletic prowess, she also earned all-state honorable mention in basketball.
“Kathryn brings sheer athleticism, coachability and a desire to be great,” said Goulding. “She is committed to becoming an outstanding player at BYU, and we are committed to making sure that happens. We look forward to watching her develop. It won't be long before she is making a big impact.”
The following are complete biographical sketches of BYU’s 2009 signees.
6-1 Outside Hitter
Club: Played for the Washington Volleyball Academy under coach Dave Weitl ... team finished third at the 2007 USAV Junior Olympics ... named to the Junior Olympics Girls’ 16 National All-Tournament Team ... Tournament MVP of the 2007 USAV Emerald City Classic ... club team also traveled to Brazil in 2007 to compete.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Monroe High School under coach April Munoz ... rated No. 6 nationally on the prepvolleyball.com 2009 Senior Ace list ... also recognized as a Class of 2009 Top 50 Recruit ... 2008 Under Armour All-America First Team ... first-team all league for the third-straight year and two-time Seattle Times All-Area Team ... 2007 prepvolleyball.com All-America High Honorable Mention and all-state First Team ... 2007 Everett Herald Player of the Year and Seattle Times All-Area Team while leading her team to an eighth-place finish at the Washington State High School Championship Tournament, the best finish in school history ... named all-area first team as a sophomore and junior in 2006 and 2007, respectively ... also named All-Wesco League First Team both seasons ... 2007 team MVP while leading the squad in kills each of the past three years ... averaged 7.1 kills per set and 27 kills per match while hitting .451 as a senior to go along with 0.3 blocks, 0.7 service aces and 2.9 digs per set ... set a school record with 48 kills in one match as a senior ... also posted career highs of 23 digs and nine service aces, including seven in one set ... named to the Honor Roll and an English Department Scholar ... active in the National Honors Society, student government, Power of One and Link Crew.
Parents are Mike and April Munoz, who are both involved in volleyball ... has one sister who also plays volleyball at Monroe High School ... sports hero is Kerri Walsh ... enjoys playing pickleball ... favorite movie is The Pursuit of Happyness, favorite television show is The Office and favorite food is pasta ... began her athletic career playing basketball in fourth grade before switching to volleyball in the eighth grade ... recruited by over 100 schools, including Washington, Nebraska, California, Penn State, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Texas, Washington State, Arizona State, Colorado State and Hawaii.
6-2 Middle Blocker
Club: Played for Club V under coach Reed Carlson ... won the Inter Mountain Region and finished 38th at the Junior Olympics in 2008 ... team captain.
High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner at Layton High School ... named All-Region 1 First Team by the Ogden Standard Examiner ... also garnered all-state honorable mention while helping her team win the region championship and place fifth at the state championship tournament in 2008 ... named a Standard Examiner Prep of the Week and Deseret News Student-Athlete of the Week during the season ... career highs of 25 kills, eight blocks and five service aces ... academic honors include Student of the Month as both a freshman and a junior ... active in Book Club and HOSA ... also named all-state honorable mention in basketball.
Parents are Alan and Melinda LeCheminant ... has two sisters and one brother ... both sisters also play volleyball while her dad was on the ski team at BYU and her mom high-jumped for BYU and Texas A&M, becoming the NCAA Champion in the high jump in 1989 ... sports hero is Michael Jordan and non-sports hero is Emma Smith ... enjoys reading, playing with kids, making porcelain dolls and other arts and crafts, taking pictures and being outside ... also recruited by Utah, UNLV, Utah State, Maryland, Lamar, South Carolina, West Virginia, Southern Utah and Virginia ... elementary education major.