The Bethel College volleyball team signed seven players to letters of intent for the 2017 season.
Five of the signees will be freshmen, while two are junior college transfers. The players signed come from Kansas, Colorado and California.
Kaylee VanderVeen is a current senior at Pomona High School, Arvada, Colorado.
"Kaylee is a setter that has great hands, quick ball release, and great instincts with where to deliver the ball to her hitters," Bethel coach Scott Weston said.
Kylee Cheatum is also a senior in high school at Brewster High School in Brewster.
"Kylee is another defensive specialist-libero that gives us that toughness in the backcourt we need," Weston said. "She is a competitor and not afraid to sacrifice her body and dive on the floor. Kylee also adds to the serve receive consistency for the Threshers."
Rachel Bustillos is a junior transfer out of Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Calif, where she also played beach volleyball for the Roadrunners.
"Rachel is a defensive specialist-libero that has a motor that never quits," Weston said. "She is a talented player that can read hitters well and puts herself in great defensive position to frustrate opposing hitters."
Sydney Johnston is a current senior at Derby High School in Derby.
"Sydney is a defensive specialist-libero that will add depth to our backcourt and consistency in serve receive,” Weston said.
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Aubree Altic is a transfer student from Fort Scott Community College.
"Aubree is an outside hitter that has great reach,” Weston said. “She is a quiet leader and simply goes about her business on the court."
Shayla Schweitzer, and Jessica LaRocque were teammates at Lakeside High School in Downs.
"Schweitzer is another defensive specialist-libero who has tremendous ball instincts and that never quit attitude,” Weston said. “She will not let a ball hit the floor around her. She goes 110 percent every play, every set and every match."
Schweitzer will also compete on the track team at Bethel.
"LaRocque is an outside hitter who is exceptionally strong with good leaping ability,” Weston said. “She has a raw talent and brings a fire with her to be successful."
LaRocque is also on the competitive cheer team at Bethel.
"I am extremely excited that these young ladies have decided to join our Thresher volleyball family,” Weston said. “Each of these girls were chosen for their unique skill sets and abilities to help this team be successful. Not only have each been tremendously successful on the volleyball court, all have received academic accolades during their respective careers. Each will fit in very nicely with our returning group of Thresher Volleyball players and have the opportunity to compete for immediate playing time. They will make great additions to our team and campus community."