The Lewis-Clark State College volleyball team has signed a pair of hitters for 2013, and both additions should boost the offense for the Warriors, who won their sixth consecutive Frontier Conference championship this past fall.
LCSC coach LaToya Harris announced the signing of outside hitter Jenna Loheed from Junction City, Ore. and right side hitter Kelsey Ross from Cheyenne, Wyo. on Friday.
Loheed (pictured left) anchored the Elmira (Ore.) High School team that greatly improved during her four-year prep career, and Ross already has college experience, having played at Laramie County Community College after starring at Southeast High School in Yoder, Wyo.
Loheed helped Elmira to its first state championship berth in 26 years during her senior season and was named to the All-Tournament team. She was also a three-time All-League selection, a second team All-State pick as a senior and an honorable mention choice as a junior.
She captained the Elmira squad as well as her club team, and was honored by OregonLive.com as the athlete of the week during her sophomore campaign.
Off the court, Loheed set regional records in the javelin and long jump as a track and field athlete, and maintained a 3.5 grade-point average during her high school career, earning Outstanding Student of the Year awards in History and Art.
“Jenna is an overall solid athlete. She has great ball control in the back row and attacks from all areas on the court,” Harris said. “I love to watch her play because her positive energy, encouragement and competitive drive influence her teammates. She is a game changer, which you can tell by her accomplishments with her high school team and how much they have improved. Jenna is a natural leader with a great work ethic on the court as well as in the classroom and my team is ecstatic to have her as a part of our family.”
Ross (pictured right alongside coach Keo Millan and coach Harris) helped Laramie County to the NJCAA Region IX Conference Tournament, where it finished third. She was named to both the All-Region and All-America Academic teams during her time there.
At Southeast High School, Ross had a senior season full of accolades. She was a Class 2A All-State selection and the Southeast Wyoming Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year, as well as an All-Conference performer for the conference champion squad. She was selected to the Scottsbluff Star-Herald All-Region team and was selected to play in the Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star game.
Off the court, Ross takes pride in her academic success and community involvement.
She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa academic society, and has volunteered at volleyball camps and with elementary school programs. She maintained a 4.0 grade-point average during high school and graduated as Southeast High’s valedictorian.
A former coach of hers, Darren Buckner, coached Harris on a club team in Oregon during her playing days, and connected Ross to LCSC.
“Kelsey is an amazing young woman,” Harris said. “I trust Coach Buckner, so I knew I had to see what Kelsey had to offer, and he was right. She is very mature, goal-oriented, a hard worker and extremely athletic. She is a workhorse and a fierce, passionate and aggressive volleyball player who will help us improve our attack immensely with her quickness.”