Aug. 6, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Head Coach Tom Hilbert announced on Tuesday two additions to the 2013 roster. With one year of eligibility remaining, Cayla Broadwater will join the Rams as a player, while national-champion setter Lauren Van Orden will serve as volunteer assistant coach.
Broadwater, who played volleyball for three seasons at Connecticut before joining the CSU track & field program a year ago, will have one year of eligibility remaining. At UConn, she averaged 1.24 kills and 0.55 blocks per set across three seasons. During that time, she recorded 22 starts, including 15 as a sophomore in 2010. That year, she tallied 1.49 kills per set, including a career-high 17 vs. DePaul.
“She’s an unknown commodity, but she’s a physical player who played three years of Division I volleyball, and we could use the depth,” Hilbert said.
He also noted her versatility, saying he’ll likely use her in the middle or on the right side.
After her parents moved to Colorado she fell in love with the area and decided to attend CSU, where she participated on the track & field team as a jumper. In high school, she was a three-time Maryland state champion in the high jump and twice won the long and triple jump. In volleyball, her team earned three conference titles, including one state championship. She was the Williamsport High School record-holder in season blocks and was a two-time all-area first-team selection.
“After taking some time off from volleyball, I realized I would regret not giving it one last chance,” she said. “I’m excited to finish my career with such a phenomenal program.”
Broadwater was born in Leesburg, Va., and grew up in Williamsport, Md. She’s listed at 6-1.
Van Orden, a product of Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo., began her collegiate career as a setter at San Diego State, starting 54 of 55 matches in two years.
She then transferred to UCLA, where she averaged 11.37 assists per set over two seasons (61 starts in 64 matches), helping the Bruins to two NCAA tournament appearances, capped with a national championship in 2011. In the title game, she posted 53 assists and a career-most 17 digs. She was named to the Lexington Region All-Tournament team, in addition to becoming an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection.
“She’s a great volleyball player who has a national championship under her belt, so she can share a lot of great experiences with our team,” Hilbert said. “She has a love for the game and wants to be in coaching. I’m excited to have her; she’s someone who can be our second setter in practice and give feedback to our setters, and she’s very savvy for her age.”
Despite playing just two seasons for UCLA, Van Orden ranks eighth in school history for career assists. She also led the Bruins in service aces both seasons.
In high school, she was a four-year letterwinner and earned numerous accolades, including Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year, Prep Volleyball All-American and Rocky Mountain News Player of the Year. She played in the state championship all four years, winning three titles. Van Orden spent last season playing professional volleyball in Europe.
The Rams report for fall practices on Sunday, while their first match of the 2013 campaign is on Friday, Aug. 30, vs. Baylor. Single-match tickets are on sale now.