Eastern signs JC outside hitter Brandy Iverson, as well as two freshman middle blockers from Hawaii and California
Eastern Washington head volleyball coach Miles Kydd announced the signing of two prep players and one junior college standout to national letters of intent. Brandy Iverson (Graham, Wash.), Talia Fermantez (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Amanda Brown (Hacienda Heights, Calif.), will begin their careers at Eastern in the 2011-12 academic year.
Iverson, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter, will transfer to Eastern from Tacoma Community College. Iverson is the leading hitter in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, averaging 4.83 kills per set. She was named the 2010 NWAACC West Region Most Valuable Player after leading her team to a flawless 12-0 league record.
"We are really excited to have Brandy join our program," said Kydd. "When recruiting this year, we knew we needed someone who could be a threat on the outside. Brandy will certainly give us that type of terminal hitter. She has a gun for an arm."
Led by Iverson, the TCC Titans have won back-to-back region titles in 2009 and 2010. They earned one of four No. 1 seeds in the 2010 NWAACC Championships, which begin Thursday (Nov. 18) in Gresham, Ore. Over the past two seasons, TCC has recorded a 23-1 record in the West Region, and has earned more than 35 wins overall in each of the two seasons.
Iverson was twice selected as the West Region Player of the Week during the 2010 season, and earned overall NWAACC Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 29 after she amassed 43 kills in two games. Iverson had 16 kills in TCC's sweep of Clark CC, and then recorded an astounding 27 kills in a five-set victory over Green River CC.
In addition to adding dept on the outside, Kydd will also have a talented lineup in the middle of the court, as he welcomes two new middle blockers to his 2011 roster.
Fermantez is a two-time Interscholastic League of Honolulu First-Team selection out of Kamehameha-Kapalama in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her prep team has captured the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division I title for six-straight years, including the most recent title in 2010. Fermantez played a major role in securing that six-consecutive crown, as she was named to the 2010 HHSAA All-Tournament team. She recorded more than 30 kills and 15 blocks throughout the championships, including nine kills and six blocks in the final game against archrival Punahou.
"Talia is a great athlete who really understands the game," said Kydd. "She comes from one of the best high school programs in Hawaii that has won multiple state championships. She obviously knows how to compete against the highest level competition, and we feel she can use that experience to make an immediate impact in our program."
Fermantez has played on a variety of competitive club teams on the island as well, including the Asics Rainbow Volleyball Club that captured the 2007 National Championship in the 14s division. She has also won four Aloha Region titles while playing with the Aloha Rainbow, Jammers and Maunalani clubs teams.
Brown, a 6-1 middle blocker out of Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, Calif., will join Iverson and Fermantez as part of the 2011 recruiting class. Brown has led her high school team in blocking for two-straight seasons, including 137 total blocks as a senior in 2010. She averaged 2.8 kills per set and 1.5 blocks per set during her senior campaign, which helped the Los Altos Conquerors earn a 13-6 overall record and 10-2 mark in the Hacienda League.
As a junior in 2009, Brown helped her squad capture the California Interscholastic Federation Division 3AA title. She was named to the All-Miramonte League First Team, and was selected as the MVP of the Mayfair Tournament that same season. Brown also excels academically, as a four-time scholar athlete.
"When watching tape of Amanda, one thing we really liked about her was her work rate on the court," said Kydd. "She is always working extremely hard to make herself available as a hitter. And she is very fast. We need her to build some strength in the weight room, but Amanda is a great athlete who we see having a lot of success at Eastern."