Nov. 17, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego interim head women's volleyball coach Brent Hilliard has announced the signings of three to National Letters of Intent. Joining the Toreros in the 2007 season will be Kelsi Meyers (Winter Park Colo.), Ali Troost (Hemet, Calif.) and Ashton Basch (Lake Forest, Calif.).
"This could quite possibly the best class of athletes we have recruited in my six years at USD," said Hilliard of the incoming recruits.
Meyers comes to USD after a standout high school career at Middle Park High School, in which she was named the Metro Player of the Year in 2006. She was selected to play in the CCGS All-State Games and earned a Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post All-State Honorable mention in 2006. She was also a three-time first-team All-Metro League selection as she helped lead her team to four consecutive Metro League Championships.
"Kelsi Myers may be the smartest and most refined player in this great class of athletes," said Hilliard. "She shows all the qualities of being an elite setter. She is a leader, is fearless and can run an offense way beyond what she already does at the club and high school levels. We plan on her competing for the setting position upon her arrival at USD.
Troost , a senior at Hemet High School, will join the Toreros after being selected as the Sunkist League's Most Valuable Player. She was a first-team All-CIF selection and was a first-team CIF All-Academic team member as a junior. She was also named All-Riverside County as a sophomore and junior.
"Ali Troost is the complete package. She can pass, defend, block and attack, in front or behind the three meter line," said Hilliard. "I would expect her to fill the shoes of our senior lefty (Kristen Carlson) that graduates after this season. A great bonus in addition to her athleticism, is her thirst to learn and become better. Many of these qualities will make her an immediate impact player.
Basch joins the Toreros Volleyball team after having a standout career at El Toro High School. While at El Toro, she helped the Chargers win the Orange County Championship, a CIF-SS final appearance and go to the CIF State tournament. As a junior she was selected first-team All-Orange County and first-team All-South Coast League.
"Ashton Basch can play outside hitter as well as middle blocker in college. She has the talent to go as far as she wants in this sport," said Hilliard. "She is already much stronger than kids her age and can hit the ball as hard as anyone in the country. It will only be a matter of refining Ashton's skills and teaching her some new concepts that will help her at the next level. She too, will be an immediate impact player.