Dec. 11, 2006
Moraga, CA - Saint Mary's head women's volleyball coach Rob Browning announced the signing of four players for the 2007 season during the early signing period. Browning announced the signing of Kelly Houston, Kapua Kamana'o, Shannon Lowell and Megan York, four seniors in high school who will be joining the Gaels next fall.
Head Coach Browning had this to say of his signees. "We are extremely proud to announce the signing of four superb recruits and we welcome them to the St. Mary's volleyball family. Kelly Huston (California, La Costa Canyon High School), Kapua Kamana'o (Hawai'i, Iolani High School), Shannon Lowell (California, Archbishop Mitty High School), and Megan York (Texas, Reagan High School) will positively impact our team the day they set foot on campus next August. They are outstanding volleyball players who will experience tremendous success at St. Mary's as we continue to build on the recent winning tradition of the women's volleyball program.
Kelly Houston comes to Saint Mary's from Carlsbad, CA. She attended La Costa Canyon High School where she earned three letters in volleyball. Houston led her team to three straight CIF Championships from 2004 to '06 including Palomar League Championships in `05 and `06. She has twice been named Athlete of the Week by the North County Times. She has been awarded with All-San Diego honors as well as All-League honors. Houston was recruited by Fairfield, Furman and Yale. She chose Saint Mary's because of the campus, the strong volleyball program and the connection she made with the team and coaches on her recruiting trip.
"Kelly has consistently been a leader and key player on teams that are among the best in the nation" said Browning. "Both her high school team and her club teams have successfully competed at the highest levels with Kelly always playing a big role as a passer and hitter. Kelly is a well-rounded, ball-control player who will provide stability and consistency to our team."
Kapua Kamana'o comes to the Gaels from Honolulu, HI. She attended Iolani High School where she earned four letters in volleyball. As captain, she led her high school team to a second place finish at the Hawaii State Championships in 2005. She was named to the All-Tournament Team in the Hawaii State Championships Team as well as All-ILH First Team and All-State Second Team. Kapua received All-ILH and All-State accolades in all four years of high school. She was recruited by San Jose State and Nevada but chose Saint Mary's because of its strong athletic and academic programs. Kapua comes to Saint Mary's as a relative to Herman Wedemeyer. Wedemeyer, a standout football player from 1943-47, is currently a member of the Saint Mary's Hall of Fame.
"Kapua has some big shoes to fill coming in Mandy Bible's wake and we are totally confident that she is up to the task" said Browning. "Kapua is a great player and she knows how to run an offense. She is capable of leading our team in this critical position."
Shannon Lowell comes to Saint Mary's from San Jose, CA. She attended Archbishop Mitty High School where she earned three letters in volleyball. Lowell led her team to a State Championship in 2004, WCAL and CCS Championships from `04 to `06 and the NorCal Championships in `04 and `05 while working on another NorCal Championship in `06. She was named All-Tournament in the California Challenge earlier this year. Lowell was recruited by Harvard and Valparaiso but chose Saint Mary's for its strong volleyball program and academics.
"We feel fortunate to have Shannon coming to St. Mary's next year" Browning said. "She plays very big at the net and is good at dealing with the random environment that exists on the court. Shannon is a versatile player and she can help us in many different ways."
Megan York joins the Gaels from San Antonio, TX. She attended Ronald Reagan High School where she earned four letters in volleyball. She averages 1.3 aces, 4.5 kills and 3.5 digs per game. York led her squad to District and Regional Championships in 2005 and `06 and helped her team become State Semifinalists in `05. Prepvolleyball.com ranked York #63 in their top 100 prep volleyball athletes. York was named the Texas Division 4 Player of the Year. She was named All-District '04-'06. York was recruited by Duke, San Diego State, Tennessee, Miami and Texas State. She chose to become a Gael because of the outstanding volleyball program and academic reputation.
"We think Megan will be one of the best players in the WCC throughout her career at St. Mary's" said Browning". "Her style of play fits nicely with how we run our offense and she is the type of player we need to be successful against the best teams in the country."