Nov. 22, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball head coach Grayson DuBose announced Friday that a pair of high school standout student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Utah State volleyball program in 2014.
"The early signing period is always exciting with all the potential and anticipation that comes with it," DuBose said. "We are very excited about having these two kids join our Aggie family and are looking forward to getting them involved in the community, our University and our program. As usual, it is a great day to be an Aggie!"
Barnson is a 6-2 outside hitter, who comes to Utah State from Chaparral High School in Temecula, Calif., where she helped the Pumas to a 23-10 record this season, finishing second in the Southwestern League of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA. Barnson was a second-team all-league honoree and was team captain this season. Barnson earned first-team all-Foothills Tournament honors in helping Chaparral HS to the Foothills Tournament and Queen of the Court Silver Division titles. She earned the Southwest Division middle blocker of the week honor once as a junior, shifting back to outside hitter as a senior.
Off the court, Barnson was a four-time California Scholarship Federation member, as well as a two-time Presidential Service Award recipient. She was voted by her teammates for the Athlete of Character award for both her sophomore and junior seasons. She was also Chaparral High Schools' selection for the Jim Staunton Champions for Character Award.
"Taylor is developing into a wonderful outside hitter and we are looking forward to having her in the gym with us for the next four years. She has a great work ethic and a real desire to improve," DuBose said.
Gale is a 6-0 outside hitter, who comes to USU from Pleasant Grove High School in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where she averaged 4.2 kills per set as well as totaling 39 aces and 216 digs, in helping the Vikings to a 25-6 overall record this season and their second-straight 5A state championship, tallying 23 kills in the title match. Gale was recently selected to play in the 2013 Utah Senior All-Star Match for the 5A Senior All-Star team. She also was selected as one of the top 10 high school athletes for Utah County. Gale also earned second-team all-state honors last season, with this season's honors yet to be announced. A four-year letterwinner for the Vikings, Gale was a three-time all-region honoree, earning first-team accolades as a senior after earning second-team honors as both a sophomore and junior. She was named to the Durango Classic all-tournament team as a junior.
Off the court, Gale is a two-time Pleasant Grove High School Academic Achievement High Honor Roll member.
"Rachel is a great outside hitter and she is a person of character. We are thrilled she has become an Aggie and our fans will enjoy watching her growth as a player," DuBose said.
The current edition of USU volleyball is 18-10 overall and 11-6 in Mountain West Conference action, currently in a tie for second-place. The Aggies play at San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. (MT) in their final road match of the season. USU then returns home to host Air Force on Monday, Nov. 25 and Nevada on Wednesday, Nov. 27, both at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Wednesday is USU's final match of the year and the Aggies will be honoring their two seniors, Etimani and Everett.
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