|Volleyball rounds out roster|
MOSCOW – Idaho volleyball coach Debbie Buchanan has finalized her roster for next season with the addition of three players this spring.
Tineke Bierma, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter from College of Southern Idaho and Terra Varney, a 5-foot-8 defensive specialist from Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif., will join the team this fall, and Stephanie Hagins, a 6-foot-4 middle blocker, joined the team earlier this spring after transferring from the University of Hawai`i.
As a sophomore in 2012, Bierma led CSI to its 10th NJCAA Nation Championship with 10 kills, four blocks, two digs and no errors in the national championship match. For the season, she hit .199 with 210 kills and 45 blocks. Before joining CSI, Bierma played at Portland State during her freshman season in 2011 where she appeared in 22 matches and hit .116 with 1.71 kills per set.
“We really wanted to find another outside hitter who has some experience and a good arm,” Buchanan said. “Tineke is definitely a kid who can come in and be an offensive player for us. She puts up a big block. We will have her here this summer and she will have that opportunity to train and get on campus and get a feel for things. She is a kid who has got some experience and that’s what we need, that’s going to help our team.”
Varney was an all-league, all-valley and all-CIF selection at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif., and was also team captain. She competed in club volleyball for nine years for SVVC and Viper, and earned all-tournament team honors at the MLK tournament in 2011 and 2012.
“She can do multiple things, she can hit in the front row, she can set, but we’re really looking at her as a defensive kid,” Buchanan said of Varney. “She can be an attacking DS, she could compete to be a libero down the road. She plays for a great club, a high level, she is very competitive. Playing high level volleyball all summer is going to be a good thing for her. She definitely fits into that mold of a ball-control kid and a competitive one who knows how to fight and knows how to win.”
The last defensive specialist Idaho got from Vista Murrieta High School, Cassie Hamilton (2008-11), left Idaho just 10 digs shy of matching the program record for career digs.
Hagins joined Idaho in January after spending one season at the University of Hawai`i and one at Washington State University. At Hawai`i in 2012, Hagins played in 22 matches and made one start, totaling 33 kills with a .365 hitting percentage for the season while adding 14 blocks. During her freshman season at WSU, she played in nine matches and made five starts.
“Steph is doing some great things,” Buchanan said of Hagins. “We’re excited that she’s finally here. She is a big kid with a great block and is great offensively. She is doing some things in the gym right now that make you say ‘holy cow!’ She just plays big. It’s been great to have her here because she is getting back into the swing of things. You can tell she has been working out, it’s showing in the gym. She’s got a good personality, she’s a good fit with the girls. She is definitely going to help us out quite a bit.”
Bierma, Varney and Hagins join Samantha Rouleau and Torrin Crawford, who signed during the early signing period in November, as Idaho’s newcomers for 2013.