|Third in-state player joins VB|
MOSCOW, Idaho - After adding two signees from the state of Idaho during the early signing period, Idaho volleyball coach Debbie Buchanan has a third in-state addition joining the team as Taylor Wilkinson, a junior transfer from College of Southern Idaho, will join the Vandals starting this spring.
"First it's awesome that we're able to get her now and get her incorporated with the team since she graduated early from CSI," Buchanan said. "She's a lot like the middles that we have. She's very quick, she's familiar with our swing blocking so she fits into our system really well. She's got good eye-work."
Wilkinson, a native of Pocatello, Idaho and a graduate of Highland High School, is a 6-foot-1 middle blocker who led CSI in blocks in both of her seasons with the Golden Eagles. As a sophomore in 2011 she averaged 1.26 blocks per game to go along with 1.67 kills and a .270 hitting percentage. Her 205 kills on the season ranked fourth on the team, and she earned all-region honorable mention honors.
As a freshman in 2010, Wilkinson averaged a team-best 1.14 blocks per game and 1.48 kills with a 2.37 hitting percentage.
Wilkinson will join a talented group of middle blockers already on Idaho's roster. Junior Alex Sele was a second-team all-WAC selection in 2011, while freshman Alyssa Schultz earned WAC all-freshman team honors.
"As far as training purposes she's going to compete with those kids, which gives us three middles because we won't bring one in next year," Buchanan said. "That allows us to have a full spring with them before fall season starts, which is awesome."
Wilkinson will have two years of eligibility at Idaho. She is majoring in biochemistry and plans to apply for medical school after graduation.
"Academically she's very strong," Buchanan said. "She wants to go into the medical field, so coming to the University of Idaho fills her needs from an academic standpoint, where she has some very high standards."
Fellow in-state standouts Katelyn Peterson (Camas County HS/Fairfield, Idaho) and Jenna Ellis (Century HS/Pocatello, Idaho), will join Idaho as freshman in the fall.
"Anytime we can recruit Idaho kids, it's awesome," Buchanan said. "It's rare to get three southern Idaho kids in one year. I think in all my 12 years here we've never had three come in in one year. We've got some great kids and some great talent coming in which is exciting."