Nov. 9, 2011
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--On the first day of the early signing period, the CSU Rams volleyball team inked a pair of standout recruits in Adrianna Culbert and Acacia Andrews. Both are high school seniors who will enroll at CSU in the fall, after signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
Culbert, who goes by Dri, is a 6-0 setter from Delton-Kellogg High School in Delton, Mich., and was the first to sign. She is a four-year letterwinner in volleyball, and as a sophomore led the Panthers to the state championship. She is currently a finalist for Michigan's Miss Volleyball, which is awarded annually to the top high school player in the state. Currently in her senior season, Culbert is set to play in the regional finals later this week. She has been named first-team all-state each of the past two seasons, and is expected to rack up a third honor this year. Additionally, she was a 2010 AAU All-American and competes for the prestigious club team, Dead Frog. Not limited to volleyball, she has also lettered in basketball and track each year of high school, as well. In 2010, she was named to the all-state team in basketball.
Having an athletic body comes as no surprise, however, as three of her six siblings currently compete or have competed in college athletics, ranging from football to volleyball to rowing. Her dad, Sam, also was a football player for Western Michigan.
Culbert was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Sam and Carla Culbert.
"Dri is a great all-around player that can help us as a setter and a six-rotation outside hitter," Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. "She knows the whole game and has a very high volleyball IQ. She is also a player with great personality who will be a positive addition to our team culture. She plays a huge role on one of the best club teams in Michigan, and I am excited that we get to sign her. She has a bright future as CSU."
Andrews, a 6-5 middle blocker from Norman, Okla., joins a roster of already stellar middle blockers. Andrews will be a 2012 graduate of Norman North High School, after spending the beginning of her high-school career homeschooled. She led her team to the 2010 Homeschool national championship title and was named to the Homeschool All-America team. As a senior at Norman North--her first--Andrews was selected as an all-state alternate after propelling her school to the state tournament and an eighth-place finish. She received three all-tournament honors throughout the year and was named her team's best offensive player. Throughout high school, she earned three varsity letters in volleyball and two in track.
Andrews, who also played club volleyball for Peak Performance, was born in Austin, Texas, and is the oldest of four siblings born to Donnie and Jennifer Andrews. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and wants to eventually study pre-law.
"She's a kid with a great frame," Hilbert said about Andrews. "She has great athletic ability. She needs to develop a little bit, but she's a good athlete and I think she'll be a really good Division-I competitor. She is naturally good at blocking."