Nov. 13, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State volleyball program - undefeated and ranked No. 10 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll - has added a pair of signees for its 2014 recruiting class. Head Coach Tom Hilbert announced that Jasmine Hanna and Alexandra Poletto signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
"I am very excited to have both Jasmine and Alexandra join our program," Hilbert said. "They both understand what it means to be a Ram, and will be great additions to the tradition and history we have here at Colorado State."
Jasmine Hanna | 6-1 | OUTSIDE HITTER | QUEEN CREEK, ARIZ.
Hanna, a native of Queen Creek, Ariz., was recently named a 2013-14 Under Armour Honorable Mention All-America selection, one of 100 ranked athletes in the nation. She was also named to the Arizona all-state team as a sophomore and junior, including the first team in 2012. As a freshman, she was the 2010 Desert Sky Freshman Player of the Year.
"The Colorado State volleyball program is a powerhouse," Hanna said. "I really love the coaches and the girls, and I'm so excited to learn under Coach Hilbert."
As a four-year letterwinner, the 6-1 attacker holds Queen Creek High School's career kills and kills-per-match records, and was twice named her team's MVP. A two-year captain, she earned five MaxPreps/AVCA Arizona Player of the Week honors.
"Jasmine is a strong, physical outside hitter," Hilbert said. "I think she still need some development, but she was an Under Armour All-American, and a very good player. She has a great attitude, and great intensity to her, which is one of the things that really draws me to her."
Away from the court, Hanna has been named to multiple academic honor rolls throughout her high school career. She played club volleyball for Spiral Volleyball Academy, and her older brother Ryan played basketball at Northern Arizona. Her parents are Les and Michelle Hanna.
Alexandra Poletto | 6-3 | MIDDLE BLOCKER | TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
Poletto most recently earned silver medals with Leaside Volleyball Club at the U17 Ontario Provincials and Canadian Nationals. There she was named a U17 Ontario Provincial and Canadian National All-Star.
"CSU was one of the first schools to contact me, and I was immediately interested due to their volleyball success," the Toronto, Ontario, native said. "Upon contact with Coach Tom Hilbert and after my visit to CSU I was drawn to Tom, Brook (Coulter), and Matt's (Botsford) enthusiasm, Moby's amazing and unique environment, CSU's facilities and beautiful campus, and Old Town Fort Collins. However, what really stood out among all the schools I had been in contact with was the team's close relationship and chemistry with one another. This was the most significant factor in my decision."
While she has had success with her club team, Poletto is most known for her outdoor game, earning a gold medal at the U21 Canadian Beach Nationals in 2012-13. She is also a member of the U24 Beach Provincial Team in Ontario, and is training to qualify for the U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
In 2011-12, she was the youngest member of the Team Ontario U18 team, and was a starter on the Team Ontario U19 National Team Challenge Cup. At the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, she and her beach partner earned a gold medal.
"She is a very experienced kid because she's played a ton of outdoor beach volleyball," Hilbert said. "She is long and lean and can block well and hit the ball well. She can do other ball-handling things well, too. I foresee her competing immediately for a playing position. She's a kid who's going to be very physical at the net, and will be on the court pretty early in her career."
Poletto will graduate from De La Salle College "Oaklands". In addition to volleyball, she also competed in the high jump. She is a three-time Signum Fidei Honor Roll honoree, and is the youngest of three daughters to Karen and Darko Poletto.
She joins a long list of Canadian recruits under Hilbert, including 2012 All-American Dana Cranston and 2013 CSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Allison Peckham.
"She follows in the same footsteps as a lot of our Canadians in that she's very mature and a good student," Hilbert said. "I find that those kids come in and make an immediate impact on the team's culture."