USU volleyball: Aggies add five to 2013 signing class

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, April 19 2013 3:22 p.m. MDT

Utah State volleyball head coach Grayson DuBose announced Friday the addition of five players to the USU signing class that have signed to compete for the Aggies in the 2013 season.

DuBose and the Aggies inked Maddie Day, Kayla DeCoursey, Hannah Gleason, Carly Lenzen and Hannah Smith, who will all enroll in the fall of 2013 as freshmen and compete for the Aggies next season. They join Kaylie Kamalu and Erica Moscoso, who signed with USU in the fall.

"We are excited about this group of volleyball players because they are not only going to impact our program, they are going to impact the community as well," DuBose said. "They will represent our program and department well. They are good volleyball players and good people with outstanding character. We are looking forward to having them join our gym this fall. It is a great day to be an Aggie.”

A 6-foot-0 outside hitter from Smithfield, Utah, Day helped lead Sky View High School to the Utah 4A State Championship. She tallied 374 kills on a .297 attack percentage, adding 286 digs, six solo blocks and 15 block assists, on the way to being named the Herald Journal all-Valley Volleyball Player of the Year. She was also the Salt Lake Tribune Utah 4A MVP, as well as earning first-team all-state honors. Day was named the 4A Tournament MVP, highlighted by tallying 24 kills in the championship match, and she also earned 4A all-Tournament team accolades. Additionally, Day was a three-time all-region selection, a two-time first-team all-Valley honoree, as well as the Herald Journal Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore.

"Maddie Day is going to help solidify our outside hitting position. She brings a lot of experience to the gym, and she has a great work ethic that will increase our competitive environment," DuBose said. "Being a local product, she has followed our program for a while and knows what we are about.”

Day helped lead the Bobcats to a 30-3 overall record this season, including going unbeaten in regional play in winning its third-straight regional championship. Day also was on the Sky View girls basketball team as a sophomore and junior. Off the court, she was also named to Sky View's Honor Roll. Day also competes for the Wildcat Volleyball Club.

DeCoursey is a 6-2 opposite side hitter from Farmington, Utah, were she was a three-year starter and letterwinner at Viewmont High School, but did not play volleyball as a senior. She helped lead the Lady Vikings to the second round of the 5A playoffs as a junior.

"We are excited about Kayla becoming an Aggie. She is going to provide some depth to our right-side position. She is a lefty and that is something that we have not had in our gym, so we are looking forward to working with Kayla. She has been trained well and it shows in her play," DuBose said.

DeCoursey played her club volleyball with Club V Volleyball Club, helping her 17's teams to a top 50 ranking in 2012. She posted a .351 attack percentage in hitting 199 kills and posting 36.5 total blocks this season. Off the court, she has been on either the honor roll or high honor roll every year since the seventh grade.

A 5-6 libero from Las Flores, Calif., Gleason helped Tesoro High School to three-straight California Interscholastic Federation playoff appearances, finished ranked No. 24 in the country and No. 7 in California by MaxPreps. She also earned all-Southern California and prepvolleyball.com all-American honors. Gleason led Tesoro HS in digs all three seasons, earning first-team all-league accolades as both a junior and senior. This season, she was tabbed first-team all-Orange County as the only libero/defensive specialist on the awards list.

"Hannah brings a lot of high level playing to our gym," DuBose said. "She has been trained by some great coaches, and you can tell she has absorbed this training when you watch her play, as she sees the game really well. She also has a high level of character which we always look for in players."

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