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Aggie volleyball adds three new players

LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan has announced three signees to an Aggies squad that went 21-8 this past season, won a regular season Western Athletic Conference title, and was knocked off in its first match at the postseason tournament.

“This class adds exceptionally athletic and versatile athletes. We needed to add players that we won’t have to substitute out of the game for ball control purposes.  All of them are six rotation attackers and defenders and they’ll make us more versatile,” Jordan said in a statement from the school. “They’re all really great people as well, everyone close to these athletes raves about how hard they work and what great teammates they are.”

The players’ biographical info, per NMSU:

Krysten Garrison

Outside Hitter/Setter

Piedmont, Mo. | Dexter HS

Led Dexter High School to four-straight conference championships… Named SemoBall Player of the Year in 2017… Earned all-district, all-conference, all-region and all-state honors three times each… Named Stoddard County Conference Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016… Led her team to a district championship in 2014, 2016, and 2017 and a sectional championship in 2016… Recorded 954 kills, 190 blocks, 307 digs, 116 aces and 601 assists in her varsity career…

Quotable: “Krysten can score attacking the ball and we think has the potential to become a very good setter as well.  Adding a setter and right-side player that can stay on the floor helps us greatly.”

Catherine Kelly

Outside Hitter

Albuquerque, N.M. | Sandia Preparatory School

Helped Sandia Preparatory School to three-straight district championships as a captain for the team… An outside hitter for the squad, led her team to three 4A State Championships in-a-row… Received first team all-state honors her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons… Named all-metro and all-district each year on varsity… Received Sandia Prep MVP honors three times…  Earned All-American honors from Prep Volleyball in 2016… Chosen as the Gatorade New Mexico Volleyball Player of the Year for 2016-2017… Selected as the Moriarty Tournament MVP three-straight seasons… Named New Mexico Volleyball High School Athlete of the Year by the Albuquerque Journal in 2016… Earned MVP honors at the Sundevil Invitational in 2014, 2016 and 2017…For her junior and senior seasons, posted 646 kills on hitting .509, 422 digs, 87 aces, 46 blocks and 10 double-doubles…

Quotable: “Cat is the best player in the state of New Mexico and a tremendous athlete.  She has great quickness, jumping ability and a fast arm.  She’s going to get kills and a lot of them. She’s also an elite defender. ”

Brittany Welch

Outside Hitter

Chicago, Ill. | Resurrection College Prep

As an outside hitter for Resurrection College Prep, named a four-year most valuable player for her varsity squad… Earned all-conference honors four-straight years…. Received Max Preps Player of the Match honors on multiple occasions… Played on the Illinois High School All-Star team in 2017… Led her squad to a runner-up finish at the state championship in 2017… Named to the Energy Recruit Me All-Tournament team on three occasions… Earned all-tournament honors for the Mizuno Presidents Day tournament in 2015 and the Bishop McNamara tournament in 2016… Received Harvest Christian Academy Varsity All-Tournament honors in 2017…Tallied 1,183 kills, 755 digs, 103 aces and 138 blocks…

Quotable: “Brittany is a lot like Cat Kelly but with a little more height. She’s gifted with tremendous quickness, great hops and is quite the kill machine.  She goes after the volleyball a lot like Kassandra Tohm and she’s a very good ball control player.”