VB: Shocks Sign Four in Early Signing Period
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:12/17/2012
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WICHITA, Kan. -  Wichita State has signed four volleyball players in the early signing period, Head Coach Chris Lamb announced Dec. 17. 

 

Alyssa Carney, a libero from Auburn, Kan.; Emily Hiebert, a setter from Newton, Kan.; Abbie Lehman, a middle blocker from Newton, Kan.; and Jenny Whitledge, an outside hitter from Tonganoxie, Kan., have signed with the Shockers.

 

               

Alyssa Carney

Libero

Auburn, Kan. (Washburn Rural HS)

“I think that Alyssa is one of the more highly skilled volleyball players at her position to come out of Kansas since I’ve been here,” Lamb said.  “She’s as skilled at her job as anybody and she is certainly athletic enough at that position to have a great career.  She’s as complete walking in the door as any local recruit we’ve had.  We’ve liked Alyssa for three years and were excited that she was coming to our camps.  We’ve enjoyed recruiting her and are happy that she stuck with us along the way.”

 

Carney earned all-city and all-Centennial league honors four times for Washburn Rural High School.  She helped lead her team to a 162-16 overall record and three state championships during her career.  She also earned all-state honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  During her senior season, she had 460 digs, 25 aces and 307 kills and was named to the 6A all-state tournament team.  Alyssa has played for the club teams Topeka Impact and Invasion Black and is the daughter of Terry and Lisa Carney.

                

Emily Hiebert

Setter

Newton, Kan. (Newton HS)

“Emily is another young lady that we’ve known for a long time,” Lamb said.  “We are recruiting her as a setter because she was a hitter that spilled over into our setting camps and started to realize the talent she had at the setter position.  Now that she has grown and gotten stronger, we are now looking at her as an attacker again.  She has a huge skill set and we are going to try a little bit of everything.  She might have a very interesting career because from year to year her job description could look different because of her skill set and her talent.”

Hiebert earned league MVP honors during her sophomore and senior seasons at Newton High School.  During her career, she was named all-metro twice, all-state three times, all-league first team four times and to the all-state tournament team three times.  During her senior year, she hit .306 with 119 aces, 315 digs, 420 kills, 351 assists and 113 blocks.  Emily plays for the club team Wichita Power and is the daughter of Ron and Pam Hiebert.

   
          

Abbie Lehman

Middle Blocker

Newton, Kan. (Newton HS)

“Abbie is another girl we’ve known a long time,” Lamb said.  “We never really knew about Abbie’s explosiveness and athleticism for volleyball, but because of her size and because she played with Emily (Hiebert) we’ve always been able to keep an eye on her.  We’ve been chasing a middle for the 2013 class for quite a while and then comes summer camp and Abbie is doing her thing.  We watched her even more and we think she has a lot of talent at the middle position.  She’s fast and long, she is a nice high attacker and gets better every single day.  I can’t wait to work with her as she reminds me of former UNI Panther Ashten Stelken.  I’m super excited that what we were looking for was right under our nose the whole time.”

Lehman earned honorable mention all-state honors during her senior season at Newton High School.  She also earned AVCTL all-league second team honors as a junior and first team honors as a senior.  During her senior season, she hit .279 with 314 kills and 159 blocks.  She also earned first team all-league and second team all-state honors in basketball as a junior.  Abbie is the daughter of Brent and Karen Lehman.

        
      

Jenny Whitledge

Outside Hitter

Tonganoxie, Kan. (Tonganoxie HS)

“Jenny could be a one of every 10-year athlete,” Lamb said.  “Every now and then you find an athlete that moves different than everybody else.  She is extremely explosive and powerful and fast.  She is not the tallest kid in the gym, but she makes up for it. She has a great work ethic and she is a bright kid.  I though why not try to have another athlete and raise the athleticism in our own gym.  She has the speed and the competitiveness.  I don’t see how you could not want that.  We think she is going to be a passer, a scorer, and a tough server.  We think she is going to do a lot of things for us and it is going to be a whole lot of fun training her.”

Whitledge earned all-Kaw Valley League honors three times during her career at Tonganoxie High School.  She earned second team all-state honors as a senior and third team honors as a junior.  During her senior season, she had 407 kills, 240 digs and 40 aces and helped her team to a sub-state runner-up finish in 2012.  Jennifer plays for the club team Midwest Juniors and is the daughter of Lisa and Jeff Watson. 

 

WSU Fall Signees                  Position         Hometown (High School/JC)
Alyssa Carney
Libero Auburn, Kan. (Washburn Rural HS)
Emily Hiebert
Setter Newton, Kan. (Newton HS)
Abbie Lehman
Middle Blocker     
Newton, Kan. (Newton HS)
Jenny Whitledge
Outside Hitter
Tonganoxie, Kan. (Tonganoxie HS)

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