Dixie State head women’s volleyball coach Robyn Felder announced Tuesday the addition of three players to the Trailblazer program for the upcoming 2019 season. DSU received National Letters of Intent from Lizzy Clark, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Sandy, Utah, and Chayse Daugherty, a 5-9 outside hitter from Gilbert, Arizona. In addition, the Trailblazers signed Siara Roberts, a 6-0 setter from Las Vegas, Nevada, to a scholarship offer.
Clark played two seasons at Laramie County Community College, where she was a two-time all-Region IX conference and tournament selection, and she helped lead the Golden Eagles to a ninth-place finish at the 2018 NJCAA tournament. She finished her sophomore season ranked third in the nation in total blocks (166) and was fifth nationally in blocks per set (1.30). In addition, Clark was fourth on the team in kills (217) and wrapped up her two years at LCCC with 437 career kills, 300 blocks and 36 service aces. Clark prepped at Jordan High School where she was a three-time all-region pick and was voted the Beetdiggers’ team MVP three times.
“Lizzy is not only a phenomenal blocker, she has such a mature, confident presence on the court,” Felder said. “She is physical, smart and her sliding ability will be huge for us to score with. She will be such a huge asset for us in the middle, and this kid will contribute to our system nicely.”
Daugherty earned three varsity letters in volleyball at Basha HS, where she was a two-time all-district and all-region honoree. She hit .240 overall during her senior season with 431 kills, 269 digs, 39 assists and 31 total blocks. In addition, Daugherty was a 2018 AVCA national player of the week honoree and was a three-time Arizona academic all-state pick.
“Chayse is a tremendous jumper, and her athleticism alone will make us better, not to mention she is a workhorse,” Felder noted. “She is probably one of the most coachable kids I have worked with, and she has a tremendous volleyball IQ. Chayse has great vision and attack selection, and I can’t wait to get her in the gym. She is a perfect fit for Dixie State.”
Roberts enjoyed a breakout freshman season at USU-Eastern in 2018 as she finished the year second in the NJCAA ranks in services aces (70), fourth in assists per set (10.50 aps) and 18th nationally in total assists (1,060). She also tallied 220 digs and registered 77 kills on her way to Region XVIII honorable mention accolades. Prior to her arrival to USU-E, Roberts was a two-time all-state and all-region performer at Centennial HS, where she was voted team MVP twice and was selected for the Nevada Preps All-Star team.Comment on this story
“Siara had an outstanding year at USU-Eastern and will be a perfect fit for this Dixie State team,” said Felder. “What I love about Siara is that she has grit, and at the end of the day this kid loves to compete. She is strong, physical and without a doubt will make our gym better. We are excited to add her to our team and know she will contribute leadership and competitiveness to our program.”
Dixie State wrapped up its 2018 regular season with a school-record-tying 22 victories (22-6) overall record and claimed a share of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular season championship (16-2) in the program's debut season in the league. The Trailblazers also made their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 seasons of four-year competition.