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Two Rams sign to play at Evergreen in fall

January 30, 2006

Olympia, WA - Evergreen State College volleyball coach, Bill Lash, announced Monday that Kandice Gleaves and Amber Coley of North Thurston High School in Lacey have both signed letters of intent to play for the Geoducks next season.

The 5-foot-9 Gleaves earned all-conference volleyball honors for three years at North Thurston while playing for head coach Micah McBride. She was the Rams' Most Inspirational Player as a senior and has a 3.75 grade point average.

Newcomer, Candice Gleaves
Newcomer, Amber Coley

We've been tracking Kandice for five years, said Lash. She fits our recruiting motto. She's a good kid with good support from her family. As far as volleyball goes, we think we're looking at a kid that can dominate in the Cascade Conference. She's had good coaching in high school, which makes it easier for us to work her into our system right away. I can't wait to get Kandice in the gym and coach her. We expect great things from her in the future.

The 6-foot Coley is an outside /middle hitter.

"I expect Amber to be a contributor early next season, said Lash. She is a very dedicated young lady in every aspect of her life, and I look forward to her bringing that to this team. She is fundamentally sound in every skill and has the ability to hit from any place on the floor. She will be a great asset to our front line in particular with her blocking capabilities and aggressive attack. Amber is a quality student-athlete and I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach her.

More volleyball signings are expected by the Geoducks as Evergreen returns just four players from its 2005 squad, including standouts Chelsea Jacobson, Maddie Blevens and Emily Peterson.