FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) The Alaska Nanooks volleyball program, along with Head Coach Brian Scott, announced their 2020 recruiting class, bringing in five new student-athletes. The Nooks have signed Ashlee Adams, Marine Angely, Danielle Dodge, Miya Ohms and Rilee White.
“All of these athletes have competed at the highest level within their respective conference, school, and club affiliations and will be able to have a significant impact on our program,” said Scott. “We are looking forward to being in the gym and raising the bar for our program with the addition of these new athletes to our talented returning squad.”
Adams is a 5’6’’ libero from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. Big Bend last season went 17-14, as Adams led the program with 273 digs at 4.63 digs/set. Adams played her high school ball at Firth High School in Firth, Idaho, leading the program to three district championships. She was also named as the 2016-2017 Conference Player of the Year.
“Ashlee is a talented athlete who is very good at what she does,” said Coach Scott. “She’ll do a great job coming in and fill that gap that we need.”
Angely joins the Nanooks after a season with Florida State College at Jacksonville, where posted a 14-9 record. The 5’11’’ outside hitter from Sivry, France was named the FCSAA all-conference first team leading the program with 279 kills and she had a hitting percentage of .308. Prior to that, Angely helped Xavier of Louisiana to a Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference Championship in 2018.
“She’s an extremely talented outside hitter,” said Coach Scott. “She’s played at two different institutions prior to coming here. At both of them she’s been able to do what she needs to do.”
Dodge joins the Blue and Gold after a stint with Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas. Dodge helped the Red Ravens to a 42-3 record, and was one of their top performers on defense with 411 digs. Dodge was part of their 2018 NJCAA national championship and in 2019, she was named to all-conference and all-district teams. In high school, Dodge played volleyball for Washburn Rural High School, placing third at state to finish her senior season.
“People are going to be impressed with Dani,” saaid Coach Scott. “When I watch her play, it’s different; she’s not flashy when she does it. It just looks and feels so easy.”
Ohms joins a growing list of international players who will suit up for the Nanooks. The 5’9’’ outside hitter from Taichung, Taiwan comes over after a dominant four-year stretch for Morrison Academy. Ohms helped the MAC to three Asia Christian Schools Conference Championships. Ohms recorded 392 kills. In 2018, Ohms was named the ACSC Top Hitter and in 2019, she was the tournament MVP.
“Miya is a very talented athlete,” said Coach Scott. “Came across Miya as I was helping out a summer camp at Utah State. One of the courts I was working on there, that’s how I met Miya and after camp was over we were able to start some of the recruiting process.”
White joins the Alaska Nanooks after spacing four years with The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies in Buckeye, Arizona. The outside hitter accumulated 1,491 kills, 1,012 digs and 91 blocks taking the Minotaurs to the state semi-finals of the 2019-2020 season. She was also part of the East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club for five years, taking the program to national championship appearances.
“Rilee is definitely talented,” said Coach Scott. “She has played with a very good club, a very large club in Arizona. They’ve been one of the best clubs for many years in Arizona and even in the country. She’ll be another athlete to watch.”
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