FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams volleyball team and Head Coach Tom Hilbert have announced their incoming freshman class for the 2017 season.
Anna Detry, Maddi Foutz, Ellie Gubser and Jenna Heinemeyer will all join the Rams next year. The group includes three defensive specialists and three players from Colorado.
Detry, a defensive specialist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, led La Cueva High School to a pair of Metro Tournament titles and district championships during her career as a four-time letterwinner. Detry was named all-district and earned All-Metro honors her junior season. She also earned several team awards, including best passer in 2015 and is her team captain this season. Detry also received academic all-district honors in 2015. Both of Detry’s parents are CSU graduates, and her father, Rich, played baseball at CSU.
“She’s a consistent ball handler, a good competitor, and has a real desire to play here,” Hilbert said about Detry. “Sometimes those kids can really excel for you.”
Foutz, a Bayfield, Colorado native, is another defensive specialist from the same hometown as current CSU middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer. Foutz was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball at Bayfield High School, and also lettered in basketball and track. She is on the AVCA Under Armour All-America watch list for 2016 and was the 2015 CHSAA 3A Intermountain League Player of the Year. She’s participated for five years in the USA Volleyball High Performance program, and has competed internationally, including winning a 2016 Gold Championship at the EU Global Challenge in Croatia. The two-time team captain in high school earned a variety of academic honors, including landing on the CHSAA Academic All-State team 2013-15. Foutz was a teammate of Hillyer’s at Bayfield HS and with Four Corners VBC.
“Maddi Foutz is a really talented defensive player,” Hilbert said. “She’s as athletic of as any defensive player we have ever had. Our plans are eventually to make her a libero. She’s really good at reading the game and very fast.”
Ellie Gubser, a 6-foot-4 opposite hitter from Colorado Springs, has competed for Cheyenne Mountain High School and the Colorado Juniors club team. Gubser helped lead Cheyenne Mountain to a 4A state title and a league championship in 2015. Gubser recently earned First Team All-Pikes Peak Athletic Conference honors and was named to the Indian Invitational All-Tournament team. The two-year team captain was an AP Scholar with Distinction in 2016 and a four-time honor roll recipient.
“Ellie Gubser is a very tall, physical player from Colorado Springs,” Hilbert said. “She’s a great student, and a great student of the game. I think she has versatility to play almost anywhere. She’s not doing a lot of back row stuff yet, but that’s not out of the cards. I expect her to have a great senior year, and then come in here to compete.”
Heinemeyer, a defensive specialist and setter, is a club teammate of Gubser’s for Colorado Juniors. She is arriving at CSU from Parker, Colorado, where she played for Regis Jesuit High School. Heinemeyer has guided Regis Jesuit to high finishes in the 5A state tournament, including a third-place result in 2014. Heinemeyer is currently team captain at Regis Jesuit, and is in the process of leading the team to the state tournament yet again.
“We discovered Jenna late in the recruiting game, and she really got excited about Colorado State,” Hilbert said. “I like players in the defensive position who are really intelligent, and she is definitely that. She also has a really calm demeanor. She’ll be a good team mate as well. She’s a very likeable person, smart, and loves to play.”
The Rams have had significant contributions from freshmen this season, with six freshmen seeing playing time. Five of those freshmen have started at least one match this year. Setter Katie Oleksak and middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer lead all freshmen in the NCAA in assists and blocks per set, respectively.
CSU will continue its pursuit for an eighth consecutive Mountain West title as it heads out west for road matches at San Diego State and Nevada this week.
Anna Detry – Albuquerque, N.M. – La Cueva HS – DS – 5-6
Maddi Foutz – Bayfield, Colo. – Bayfield HS – DS – 5-6
Ellie Gubser – Colorado Springs, Colo. – Cheyenne Mountain HS – OPP – 6-4
Jenna Heinemeyer – Parker, Colo. – Regis HS – DS – 5-6
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