November 11, 2009

Benson Signs Three

GREELEY, Colo. -- University of Northern Colorado head volleyball coach Lyndsey Benson today announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2010 season.

Donne' Elcock, Bri Strong and Alyssa Wilson have all committed to the hottest team on campus as the Bears embark on the last regular season trip tied for first place in the Big Sky Conference standings.

"We are very excited about our 2010 class," said Coach Benson. "They are a very athletic group. All three of them come to us with a huge ceiling, a lot of room for growth. They will each uphold all of the qualities we look for in a recruit; good student, good character, competitive drive and a desire to take UNC Volleyball to the next level."

Donne' Elcock, 5-10, MB, Longmont, Colo. (Skyline HS)
Elcock helped lead the Falcons to an eighth-place finish at state as a junior and the team is currently 16-10... She has earned three letters each in volleyball and track & field as well as one in basketball... As a sophomore in 2007, earned all-conference honors in track and has spent the last three years as a member of the honor roll... Plays club volleyball for NORCO, where they advanced to the Junior Olympics last year.

"Donne' is an athlete in every sense of the word," said Benson. "She jumps out of the gym and is very quick. She will fit in well with our style of offense. She has a huge ceiling because she is still fairly new to the game. She is really going to take off as a volleyball player when she can focus on it year round. We are glad to keep such a talent in-state."

  Brianna Strong, 6-2, MB/RS, Mount Vernon, Iowa (Mount Vernon HS)
Strong was named to the second-team all-conference as a sophomore and junior and first-team this season... She is also a three-time first-team all-district and two-time second-team all-state pick for the Mustangs... Is a 2009 Senior Aces selection by prepvolleyball.com and was named to the IGCA Senior Select All-Star Team... Also plays basketball, where she was a second-team all-conference pick last year, and competes in track & field... Is hitting .423 in her senior campaign with 1.85 kills per game and has helped lead Mount Vernon to back-to-back conference championships as well as the state runner-up titles in both 2008 and 2009.

"Bri brings a lot of experience from playing with a good club team," Benson stated. "She has good size and great hands which makes her a very solid blocker. She still has a lot of room for growth in her career. She has the potential to be one of the best middles to wear a UNC uniform."

  Alyssa Wilson, 6-1, OH, Clinton, Okla. (Clinton HS)
Wilson was recently named the 4A State Tournament MVP after leading the Tornados to the state title with a record of 28-9... She was also an all-state selection after notching 575 kills on the year... As a junior she was a member of the State All-Tournament Team and was the Delta Conference MVP... She is graduating in the top 10% of her class and plays for the Oklahoma Charge Volleyball Club, which finished ninth at nationals last year... She also plays basketball and competes in track & field at Clinton.

"Alyssa is the total package," quoted Benson. "She has size, athleticism and good ball control skills. She reminds me a lot of Kenzie Shreeve. She needs a little bit more experience but she is going to have a tremendous career. She is really a steal for us and we're so excited to call her a Bear."