Volleyball: A New Set

The Idaho volleyball team added three new recruits Tuesday for the 2017 season.

Rachel Mills, a 6-foot 1-inch outside hitter, led La Costa Canyon High School to the 2016 State CIF Open Division Quarterfinals.

The Mavericks finished the season with a 23-11 record and ranked No. 18 in California.

She was a First Team All-Avocado West League selection in 2015 and a Second-Team selection as a sophomore.

Mills played for the Coast VBC club team. She was a San Diego Tribune All-Academic selection.

“Rachel has a heavy arm and knows how to find the court,” Idaho head coach Debbie Buchanan said in a news release. “She is competitive, strong, and plays for Coast, the top club volleyball team in Southern California. She is a great team player and is used to playing at a high level.”

Nicole Ball of Vista del Lago High School, led the Capital Athletic League in hitting percentage, blocks and kill percentage in 2016. The 6-foot 3-inch middle blocker totaled a .354 hitting percentage and 33 career aces.

Ball was team captain in 2016 and earned All-Capital League honors. She played for the Northern California Volleyball Club.

“Nicole is long, physical and light on her feet,” Buchanan said. “I have watched her over the last few years and I am excited about her continued growth and athletic ability.”

Reece Carman spent the 2016 season playing for Boise State. The 6-foot 4-inch outside/middle hitter totaled 38 kills and 11 blocks in 35 sets. She recorded a season-high 11 kills with the Bronco’s 3-0 over Abilene Christian.

Carman transferred to Idaho in October and took a redshirt.

She was a three-year varsity player at Walla Walla High School and captained the team as a senior in 2014. During summer 2013, Carman played on the USA Continental Team for USA Volleyball in Florida against international teams.

“She is a competitive player who plays high above the net and moves extremely well for a long player,” Buchanans aid. “She is a fast learner, great teammate and has been an outstanding addition to our program.”

Tess Fox can be reached at arg-sports@uidaho.edu


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