Volleyball Inks Two High School Standouts



April 17, 2003

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's head women's volleyball coach Burt Fuller announced today the signing of Carolyn Forbush and Mary Ruddick to national letters of intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the fall of 2003.

Forbush, a 5-11 outside hitter from Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev., was a two-year starter for head coach Erin Hill earning first-team all-division and all-conference honors her senior season. As a starter, Forbush led Green Valley to a state championship as a junior and a fifth-place in the state tournament as a senior. She is also a member of the Nevada Juniors 18's Club, which is coached by Bob Kelly and placed fifth at the national championships last year.

"We are extremely happy to accept Carolyn into our program," said Fuller. "She is an explosive and powerful outside hitter that hits a very heavy ball and will be able to terminate in a lot of situations. Her continued improvement under one of the best club coach's in the country will help prepare her for competition in the Big West Conference."

Ruddick, a 6-3 right-side hitter from Canyon High School in Canyon Country, Calif., earned second-team all-conference honors for head coach Dave Guttierrez as a senior leading her team to the second round of the state playoffs. During her senior season, Ruddick recorded 209 kills, 56 blocks and 27 service aces, while hitting .399. She currently plays for the Santa Monica Beach Club, which is coached by Nabil Mardini.

"Mary is the type of player that will help push our program to the next level," added Fuller. "We've been searching for a tall, athletic left-handed player to fit into our program for some time, and I believe we have found what we were looking for in Mary. I foresee her being a very integral part of our program in the near future. Everyday she spends in the gym with Nabil she gets better."

Forbush and Ruddick join Beth Hodge, who signed with Utah State last fall. Hodge, a 5-11 outside hitter from Broken Arrow, Okla., earned Frontier Conference Most Valuable Player honors in each of her final two seasons at Broken Arrow along with being named an all-state selection as a senior.



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