Mountain Lions add three more to 2008 volleyball squad

By Doug Fitzgerald published July 15, 2008

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs volleyball coach Jessica Wood announced Tuesday the addition of three players. Joining the Mountain Lions for 2008 will be defensive specialist Kelsey Pobar from Chaparral High School, outside hitter Andrea Brodie from Cheyenne Mountain High School by way of Portland State, and middle blocker Karina Miastkowska from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill.

The trio joins four returning players from the 2007 team that went 16-3 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play and made the first NCAA Tournament appearance by a UCCS volleyball team. Wood previously announced four other newcomers: Division I transfer Kim Boogaard along with freshmen Molly Crockett, Alex Nuttall and Sonja Johnson.

Pobar is what Wood refers to as a "difference maker defensively." She posted double-digit digs 16 times for Chaparral in 2007, including a career-high 30 against Mountain Vista on Sept. 13. She's also strong in the service game and posted a career-high nine aces against Regis Jesuit on Oct. 9.

Pobar was a first-team All-Continental League selection. Wood pointed out that a number of top players from that league earned scholarships from NCAA Division I schools.

"We're looking for (Pobar) to make an impact defensively right away,” said Wood."œShe's played at a very high level, so she's used to the speed of the game and the big hitters."

Joining the 5-foot-6 Pobar are a pair of 6-footers, one of whom is already well-known in the Pikes Peak region.

Brodie was the Colorado Springs 4A Metro League MVP as a senior at Cheyenne Mountain in 2006 after recording 244 kills and leading the Indians to the state semifinals. She went on to Division I Portland State, where she had 47 kills in limited action for the Vikings.

“We're looking for (Brodie) to be huge on the net, both blocking and hitting,” said Wood."œWe're looking for her to bring a certain level of maturity, having been a Division I player, to what's going to be a young team.”

Miastkowska recorded over 200 kills while hitting .370 as a senior at New Trier, where she led the Trevians to their fourth straight conference championship and state playoff appearance.

"We're looking for her to step into one of the middle positions and expect her to be able to run our system the same way it's been run before,” said Wood."œShe's a very smart player and we expect her to make an impact immediately."

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