April 29, 2014

@EWUVolleyball Signs Nicole Rigoni To National Letter Of Intent

Eastern Washington Women's Volleyball head coach Wade Benson announced the signing of Northwest standout Nicole Rigoni to a National Letter of Intent Tuesday, Apr. 29.

A setter standing 5-8, Rigoni (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge HS) will join the Eagles in the fall after graduating from high school this June.

"Nicole is a great local recruit who plays a very important position," head coach Wade Benson said. "She is a person who is a very hard worker and could push for early playing time. She is a winner and we are excited to have Nicole as part of our program."

Rigoni earned four varsity letters at Southridge High School, racking up 1,124 career assists while earning multiple accolades. She also tallied 579 career kills, 537 career digs, 124 career aces and 79 career blocks for the Skyhawks.

As a senior, Rigoni was a first team all-state selection by The Oregonian and was named the Metro League Player of the Year. She has twice been named First Team All-Metro League All-Around, receiving the honor as a junior and senior. She also earned first team honors as a setter in 2011.

Her numerous accolades also earned her invitations to train with USA Volleyball.

Rigoni comes from an athletic family. Her father, Arnie, played football at Montana while her mother, Wendy, played volleyball for the Lady Griz. She intends to major in communications or business marketing.

"I chose Eastern Washington becauase of the great coaching staff and the history and tradition of EWU Volleyball," Rigoni said. "The location is a perfect fit for me and I love how the community supports Eastern Athletics."

Rigoni joins a group of three early signees that committed back in November of last year. The Eagles also return 10 letterwinners from a season ago.

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