Three Sign With Rebels During Fall Period

Nov. 26, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV volleyball program, fresh off an 18-11 season and third-place finish in the Mountain West, has received signed national letters of intent from Megan Dempsey, Sadie Stutzman and Alyssa Wing to enroll at the university and play for the Rebels starting in the fall of 2013, head coach Cindy Fredrick announced.

"We are very excited about our three recruits and what they will bring to Rebel Volleyball," said Fredrick. "They are all very good students and all-around volleyball players. They will give us good balance and depth in our front and back court."

Dempsey, an outside hitter from Murrieta, Calif., will graduate from Murrieta Valley High School in 2013. She has lettered three years in both volleyball and track & field for the Nighthawks. Most recently, she was named to the 2012 All-Southwestern League First Team. During her sophomore and junior seasons, she helped the squas to the CIF quarterfinals and a second-place finish in league play. In track & field, she helped the Nighthawks to third-place showings in league finals, while competing in the jumping events. During her freshman year, she recorded the third-best high jump measurement for a freshman at MVHS. The past two years she has played club volleyball for 951 Elite.

"Megan will bring a very aggressive left-handed swing to our program. A lefty adds a whole new dimension to our team, much like a left-handed pitcher in baseball."

Stutzman, a middle blocker and defensive specialist from Fruitland, Idaho, will graduate from Fruitland High School in 2013. She has competed as a three-sport student-athlete for the Grizzlies dating back to 2009. She has earned three letters in both volleyball and tennis and two more in basketball. In 2012, she helped the Grizzlies to the Snake River Valley Conference and Idaho 3A State championships behind a 36-4 overall team record. In fact, the Grizzlies won the SRVC title all three years that she was a member of the team. The squad also improved each season in the state tournament from fifth place in 2010 to a runner-up finish in '11 to a championship this season. She has been named to the all-conference first team three times and earned league MVP honors the past two years. She has earned all-state honors three times with a first-team appearance in 2012 after back-to-back second-team nods in '10 and '11. Besides being named an Argus Observer Player of the Week once this season, she was selected as the Wendy's High School Heisman Award winner for the state of Idaho. On the courts, she helped the Grizzlies to conference championships in both basketball and tennis in 2010. Currently, she plays club volleyball for the Idaho Stars.

"Sadie is the consummate student-athlete; ranking first in her class and a first team all-state selection as well as MVP of her conference. Sadie brings the unusual combination of being a middle hitter who also plays back row."

Wing, a middle blocker and outside hitter from Clinton, Iowa, will graduate from Clinton High School in 2013. She has lettered three years in volleyball and twice in track & field. She helped the River Queens to a regional final appearance this year after leading Class 5A in both kills (472) and hitting efficiency (.462). She finished her volleyball career at CHS as the all-time leader in kills (1,088). Her play over the past three seasons has assisted in her earning both all-conference and All-Metro first team honors. More impressively, she was tabbed the captain of the 2012 All-Metro team. Each year she improved her standing on the IGCA Class 5A All-State Team going from special mention as a sophomore to second team as a junior to first team as a senior. In 2011, she was named the Mississippi Athletic Conference's and Clinton Herald's Player of the Year, while also being selected to the all-area and all-region first teams. She has played the past three years of club volleyball for the Stars and Spikes.

"Alyssa has been part of a very successful high school program, where she became the top hitter in the program's history. She is a versatile player who can play outside or middle, as well as back row."

The three signees will join a Rebel squad that consisted of 12 student-athletes - not one of which was a senior - next year.