ARCATA – Following the pouring of the foundation, one begins to build upwards, and such is the case with the Humboldt State volleyball team.
First-year head coach Kelly Wood helped to lay the Lumberjacks' plan for rebuilding the program this fall to a tune of the most victories in seven seasons.
Coach Wood and HSU announce the signing of letters of intent of two more building pieces in setters Piper Crabtree and Jessica Lammers, both of whom should help continue the growth up the tough NCAA Division II and California Collegiate Athletic Association ranks.
“We are pleased to have signed both Piper and Jessi, and we have high hopes for the both of them,” said the HSU coach. “We expect them both to come in and be positive contributors to the program right away.”
The future pair of Jacks’ setters will look to be contributors to a team, which posted a 12-17 mark and enjoyed an improvement of nine games, the greatest upturn in the CCAA in 2013.
Crabtree, of Covington, Wash., guided the Kentwood High’s offense to fifth place at the Washington state playoffs, runner-up placing in district play and the top spot in the SPSL North and South. The 5-9 setter was voted All-SPSL North second team status, while she broke the school record for most assists in a match with 63.
“Piper is an athletic setter, who brings a great deal of enthusiasm and passion to the court,” explained Wood. “She has great leadership abilities, and has been playing at a very high level through high school and club. We feel she has the ability to come to Humboldt as a freshman, and make an impact right away.”
Piper was selected as Kentwood’s Most Inspirational Player each of the past four years while earning All-SPSL North Honorable Mention following her junior season.
Crabtree, the daughter of Jeff and Tracy Crabtree and has a younger brother, Pike, is undecided on her planned major at Humboldt State.
The other highly-talented future Jacks’ setter, Lammers comes from Gilbert, Ariz. The Campo Verde High product garnered selection to the Arizona All-State team and helped her squad become the state runner-up.
“Jessi is an athletic setter, who has played for a successful club program out of Arizona. She has the ability to run a multiple offense, and a fast tempo offense, which we are excited about for next season,” noted the Jacks' director. “She has a high volleyball IQ, and a great attitude and we are very fortunate to have her coming to Humboldt next year.”
As a junior, the three-year letterwinner received All-State honorable mention, All-Division team and Max Preps Player of the Week acclaim.
The setter is the daughter of Jon and Patti Lammers and intends on majoring in environmental resource next fall.