PISCATAWAY, NJ – Kyra Thompson (Tucson, AZ), Roxanne Calder (Oceanside, CA) and Claudia Neba (Aurora, CO) have committed to further their academic and athletic careers at Rutgers University as members of the volleyball team, head coach Ann Leonard-House announced.
Thompson, a 5-7 outside hitter/libero from Catalina Foothills High School, was a four-time Scholar Athlete and led her varsity team to three undefeated regional championship seasons. The Arizona Volleyball all-Southern pre-season player to watch, Thompson guided her club Zona Volleyball team to a combined record of 34-2 in two seasons.
“Kyra Thompson will add ball control, intensity and depth to our program. She is a well-trained and skilled player,” said Leonard-House. “We will be looking for Kyra to step in right away. In addition, Kyra is also an outstanding person and student.”
Calder, a 5-7 setter, competed at Vista High School. A three-time Scholar Athlete, Calder was a two-time selection to the All-Palomar League Team and was named to the All-Avocado League First Team. As a junior, she was selected to the All-CIF First Team and named the Mira Mesa Tournament MVP.
“Roxy is on of those players who exudes confidence,” said Leonard-House. “She will be expected to compete for our starting setting position and we are looking for great things from her right away.”
Neba, a 5-9 middle hitter from Smoky Hill High School, was a 2004 all-Colorado honorable mention selection and will look to add depth to the Scarlet Knights’ front line this season.
“Claudia is a player with great jumping ability. She has been trained to play three positions (outside, middle and right side),” said Leonard-House. “Her versatility gives us depth in all three positions. She will be invaluable to our program.”
Rutgers concluded the 2004 season with a 16-10 overall record and a 4-6 mark in conference action. Highlights of the Scarlet Knights’ season included a nine-match road winning streak, Leonard-House’s 350th career victory and sophomore Lora Yankauskas’ (Paramus, NJ) honorable mention selection to the All-BIG EAST Team.