Eagle Volleyball Inks 6-4 Middle Blocker

Eastern continues to develop physical presence at net with signing of Allison Doerpinghaus

After adding five players who all stand at 6-feet or taller in 2011, the Eastern Washington University volleyball team has added more size and skill for 2012.

Allison Doerpinghaus, a 6-4 middle blocker out of Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif., has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Eastern.

"Our recent recruiting efforts have been focused on finding players who can be physical at the net," said EWU head coach Miles Kydd. "Allison gives us the size we're looking for at that position. One thing you can't teach is 6-4."

Doerpinghaus is a three-year varsity letterwinner, and was selected as the team captain for the 2011 season. She was the leading blocker on her team as a junior and senior, and helped the Titans advance to the Division I Central Coast sectionals for three-straight years.

In 2010, Doerpinghaus helped lead Gunn to a 28-7 overall record and a perfect 12-0 in the Santa Clara Valley League. She was named to the SCVAL First-Team.

"Allison is a competitor, and works really hard," said assistant coach Lisa Westlake, who works primarily with the middle blockers at Eastern. "She has the ability to play in the middle or on the right side, which will give us flexibility with our rotation."

Outside of her prep experience, Doerpinghaus has played two years for the Vision Volleyball Club out of Los Gatos, Calif.

"Allison plays for a great club program," added Westlake. "That really helps in mentally preparing athletes for the college game."

"Allison is an upbeat, positive person," said Kydd. "She is someone who really wants to be here, and we are thrilled to have her."

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