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Volleyball Bulldogs Announce Three Fall Signees

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Head coach Jenny Hazelwood has announced three signees.
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VILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University has signed a trio of prep volleyball standouts to national letters of intent during the weeklong November signing period that ended this week, MSU volleyball head coach Jenny Hazelwood announced Friday.

Signing with Mississippi State are middle blocker Kristin Byers from Tuscon, Ariz., outside hitter Sarah Temperilli of Houston, Texas, and middle blocker Lainey Wyman of Homer Glen, Ill. The three signees will be freshmen on Mississippi State’s 2011 volleyball team.

“We are very excited to add such a talented group to our program,” said head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “All of these girls have had a lot of success competing at very high levels and that is a huge asset as we move the Mississippi State volleyball program.”

Byers is a 6-2 middle blocker from Flowing Wells High School in Tuscon. She earned first-team All-Sonoran region and All-Southern Arizona honors as a senior. She served as team captain in 2009 and 2010 and starred on teams that advanced to the state playoffs twice in the last three seasons.

She played four years of club volleyball with VBC Dinamo, where she was coached by Chris Gonzalez and Kristina Baum.

She is the daughter of Kelly and Roy Byers of Tucson, Ariz.

Wyman is a 6-2 middle blocker from Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, Ill., where she was coached by Christine Scheibe. A four-year starter and three-time all-conference and all-area team selection, she totaled 234 kills and 104 blocks as a senior inhelping lead JCA to a 33-7 mark and a return appearance in the 2010 state finals. As a junior she registered 140 kills and 52 blocks as JCA posted a 42-1 record and a successful defense of their state championship. Wyman and her teammates claimed the 2008 state title with a 39-3 record.

The MSU signee, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, is a six-year veteran of club volleyball competition in the Sports Performance program directed by Rick Butler and played two years for the 16 Elite Team coached by Ping Cao.

She is the daughter of Kathy and Matt Wyman of Homer Glen, Ill.

Temperilli starred for four seasons in the Tomball High School volleyball program coached by Cheryl Wallace. She paced the club with 265 kills as a senior in 2010, finishing third on the club with 164 digs while earning District 13-5A Hitter of the Year. A two-time academic all-district honoree, she also earned all-district designation after helping lead the THS Cougars to a district co-championship and played a key role in her team’s title-clinching 16-0 finish in district play in 2008. 

She played five seasons of club volleyball for the Houston-based Texas Tornados Mizuno team coached by Tara C
ross Battle and Jeff Hall. The last two years her Tornados team placed fifth at the Junior National tournament.

The MSU signee is the daughter of Paula and John Temperilli of Houston, Texas.


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