(Photo by Jeff Wood)
PROVO, Utah—BYU women’s volleyball head coach Shawn Olmstead announced the team will welcome Whitney Young to the roster for the 2012 season.
Young—a 6-foot Roberts, Idaho, native—will play at the outside hitter and middle blocker positions.
“We are very excited to welcome Whitney to our team," Olmstead said. "She is an outstanding athlete with a strong work ethic that will help her continue her improvement in volleyball. We have had some great volleyball players from Idaho and it’s exciting to welcome another one. Whitney’s eagerness to learn and being surrounded by our team will assist her development dramatically.”
Young joins a team that went 21-9 last season in its first season in West Coast Conference competition. The team lost three seniors from last season and looks forward to contributions from five newcomers, including Young.
Young becomes a member of a young Cougar outside hitter squad that was led by graduated senior and starting outside hitter Christie Carpenter in 2011. At middle blocker, Young will train with senior Nicole Warner and junior Kathryn LeCheminant, who combined for 287 blocks in the past season, putting BYU at the top for blocks per game in the WCC.
Read about the other newcomers in the NLI Day release.
Hometown: Roberts, Idaho
Previous school: Rigby High School
Position: Outside hitter/middle blocker
High school volleyball:
Helped high school team to Skyline Classic title
Selected for Skyline Classic First Team
Helped her team to a 2011 district champs title
Named volleyball all-conference first team
Named Post Register Athlete of the Week twice
Recorded 43 kills in a five-set victory vs. Madison, her team’s rival
Also competed for the track and field team
At the Tiger Grizz Track Meet, took first in the 4x200m relay, first in the pole vault and second in the co-ed medley relay
Named district champ in both the 4x200m relay and the pole vault,
Took second in district in the long jump and the 800m medley relay
At the state track championships, took second in the pole vault, third in the 4x200m relay, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the medley relay
Also named Rigby High School Track Female Athlete of the Year