VOLLEYBALL SIGNS JANELLE CURREY AND HANNAH HETTINGA TO LETTERS OF INTENT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State head volleyball coach Ruben Volta announced today that prep outside hitter/libero Janelle Currey (Rocklin High School) and setter Hannah Hettinga (Capital High School in Boise, Idaho) have signed National Letters of Intent, and will enroll at Sacramento State as freshmen in the fall of 2009.
A 5-foot-10 outside hitter/libero from Rocklin, Currey is currently playing for Rocklin High School, which will be playing in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Div. II Section playoffs tonight against Benicia High School. Named the Sierra Foothill League MVP this year, Currey is the team captain and helped lead the Thunder to a league championship and a 30-3 overall record heading into tonight’s playoff match.
A two-time all-league selection, Currey has posted 261 kills, 45 aces and a .390 hitting percentage this year. In 2007, Currey, along with current Hornets Kelsey Elston and Shannon Wilson, helped Rocklin High School to a fourth-place finish in the Div. II Northern California playoffs. Currey is the third Rocklin High School player signed by Sacramento State over the last two years, as she joins Elston and Wilson, who were signed last year. In addition, Currey played for the 17-under Gold Cal Junior Club team last year, which placed fifth at the 2008 Junior Olympics and was coached by former Sacramento State volleyball player Kristi Lambert Deter.
“Janelle possesses all-around skill in that she can play both the libero and outside hitter positions,” Volta said. “I really like her passing and defense, her competitiveness and her approach to the game. I’ve been able to watch her play the last five years, and I’ve been very impressed with her development.”
A 5-foot-9 setter from Boise, Idaho, Hettinga has played each of her four seasons on the varsity volleyball team at Capital High School in Boise. She is a four-time all-Southern Idaho Conference selection – including a two-time team captain – and played at both setter and outside hitter for Capital High School. This past season, she averaged 3.5 kills, 2.8 digs, 4.0 assists and 0.8 service aces per set to go along with a .572 hitting percentage. Also during her senior season (2008), she posted nine triple-doubles (kills, assists and digs).
During her four-year high school career, Hettinga led the Eagles in assists and hitting percentage in three of those seasons, and paced the team in kills on two occasions. She has played for the Boise River Volleyball Club the last six years, including two seasons under former Sacramento State assistant coach Candy Murphy. This season marks her fourth year with the 18-under Boise River Volleyball Club.
“Hannah is a very skilled setter with great hands and she is very strong,” Volta said. “She has a huge passion for the sport, possesses a tremendous work ethic, and is extremely athletic in that she has set and hit for her team throughout her career.”
Sacramento State (8-20, 6-6 Big Sky Conference) has just four matches remaining in the 2008 regular season before the Big Sky Tournament begins on Nov. 28-29. The Hornets have won either the Big Sky’s regular season and/or tournament championships each of the last 11 years, including a second-round appearance in last season’s NCAA Tournament.
Sacramento State Signings
||Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS
||Boise, Idaho/Capital HS