University of Nevada head volleyball coach Devin Scruggs has added three recruits for the 2009 volleyball season in high school seniors Janelle Batista, Elissa Ji and Kelly Chang.
Batista is a 5-11 right side/middle blocker who played her prep volleyball at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Ore. where she earned first-team all-state honors as a senior after leading the Raiders to an eighth place finish at the state tournament. She was named Mid-Willamette Conference co-MVP following her senior season and was a two-time first-team all-conference selection. As a sophomore she was named the all-conference second team. A three sport athlete she also competed in basketball where she earned first-team all-conference honors her junior year and was second team selection as a sophomore. She helped guide the CVHS basketball team to a fifth place finish at the state tournament her junior season. Twice she earned all-district honors competing in track & field her sophomore and junior seasons. She plays club volleyball for Northwest Juniors.
One of two players that will be joining the Wolf Pack next season from Honolulu, Hawaii is Ji, a 5-10 outside hitter who played her prep volleyball at Maryknoll High School where she earned second-team all-state honors the past three seasons. She was honored with the 2008 Senior Volleyball Invitational Impact Player Award. A four-year member of the Jammers Volleyball Club she along with Chang helped the team to a second place finish at the 2008 Junior Olympics in Dallas.
The second Hawaii player that will join the Pack next season is libero/defensive specialist Kelly Chang who played her prep volleyball at the Hawaii Baptist Academy. She earned first-team all-state and Interscholastic League of Hawaii honors her senior year. The team’s most valuable player she helped Hawaii Baptist to a pair of league titles and two state titles. A seven-year member of the Jammers Volleyball Club she along with Ji helped the team to a second place finish at the 2008 Junior Olympics in Dallas.
“I am very pleased with our class of 2009 recruits,” said Scruggs. “We have athleticism, volleyball IQ, and fantastic ball control all rolled into each of these players. Janelle Batista will bring athleticism and an energy that I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach. Both Elissa and Kelly come from a very strong club out of Hawaii. They have ball control and they know how to win.”