Nov. 21, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State volleyball coach Suzie Fritz announced Wednesday the signing of two high school prospects to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. The first signees of the 2013 recruiting class are Elizabeth Bailey Shurbet and Brookelyn Langhaim.
“We are very excited to announce the addition of two student-athletes to our program for 2013. They are outstanding young people, who have had high-level experiences and success during their prep careers. They have high expectations and are committed to having an impact on the future success of our team and our program,” Fritz said. “I believe they will blend wonderfully with our current team members, and have the ability to contribute greatly to our success during their collegiate careers.”
Langhaim, a 6-3 right side hitter, will come to K-State from Highland, Utah, where she has helped the Lone Peak Knights to a state runner-up finish this season. Her high school team has had much success during her career, and three of her teammates signed NLI’s during the early signing period as well. Langhaim comes from an athletic family as her mother played volleyball for UC Santa Barbara and her father played football at Fresno State.
“Brookelyn provides a big blocking presence for us on the right side. It is a natural strength for her that could allow her to impact our team right away. In addition, we are excited about her potential as an attacker,” Fritz said. “She is familiar with our systems and style of play, so I believe that the transition for her into our program will be comfortable. She has enjoyed competitive success with her teams during her prep career, but we feel like her best years are yet to come here at K-State.”
Shurbet is a 5-9 setter from San Antonio, Texas, and helped her Ronald Reagan High School Rattlers win a district championship this season. She has lettered in volleyball all four years of high school while earning academic all-district honors. Shurbet also lettered in track and field reaching the final of the state championship meet in the long jump as a sophomore. She was district champ as a junior and reached the final of the regional championship as well as ran a leg on the 4x400 relay that won district and regional championships last season. Shurbet’s brother ran track and field for Rice.
Shurbet plans to graduate in December to enroll at K-State for the spring semester and begin working with the program. With senior setter Caitlyn Donahue exhausting her eligibility, this will allow Shurbet to get an early start with the Wildcats’ systems and give the team two setters on the roster for spring workouts.
“Bailey brings a great deal of athleticism and energy to the setter position. She is a versatile player who played a lot of different positions and roles throughout her prep career,” Fritz said. “She possesses a high volleyball IQ to go along with her play making ability and is a confident and dynamic player with tremendous leadership and communication skills.”
The Wildcats close the regular season at home on Saturday at 7 p.m. as they take on Oklahoma on Senior Night. Four seniors will be honored following the match at Ahearn Field House.