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LCCC volleyball recruits two strong Colorado teammates

Monday, February 17, 2014
Aspen Olson and Whitney Shawver will bring their athletic and academic prowess to the Golden Eagles this fall.

The Laramie County Community College volleyball program is off to a great start on its 2014 recruiting class with the addition of Aspen Olson and Whitney Shawver.

The two teammates from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colo., will continue their careers as LCCC Golden Eagles after recently signing their national letters of intent side-by-side in front of their friends and family.

“We are very excited to have these two young ladies joining us next season,” said LCCC head volleyball coach Austin Albers. “Both Aspen and Whitney will bring a lot of athleticism and energy which will be important in helping to grow this young team quickly.”

Olson will join the Golden Eagles after an impressive senior season at Johnstown High School. Olson was the standout middle for the team, finishing her senior campaign with 176 kills and a team high .399 hitting efficiency. Olson’s consistent offensive play and team leading 49 blocks played a key role in helping lead her team to the 2013 Colorado State Volleyball Tournament this past fall.

Olson also attended three years of high school at Encampment High School in Wyoming where she was an All-Conference volleyball player and a three-sport athlete. She is currently in her second club season with the Eaton Volleyball Academy and continues to build to her volleyball resume this spring.

“She has extraordinary bounce and quickness that allows her to cover the net better than many six-footers. Because of her athleticism and volleyball IQ, she will open-up a lot of options for us offensively,” Albers said.

Away from the court, Olson also excels in the classroom as she boasts a 3.8 GPA and has earned honor roll recognition throughout her high school career.

Shawver left her mark on the Roosevelt High School program in a big way. A four-time letter-winner in high school, she was instrumental in her team’s success this past season as she posted 189 kills with a .344 hitting efficiency.
As a team captain, Shawver also tallied 163 digs and 16 aces during her final season as she helped lead her team to a Colorado State Tournament appearance.

“Whitney is one of those kids that make being a coach so enjoyable,” said Albers. “She is deeply dedicated to the game and her enthusiasm on and off the court is contagious. Then you combine her passion for the sport with her ability to dissect defenses with her intelligence on the court and you have a great player who is going to continue to grow in the college game.”

Shawver is as strong in the classroom as she holds a 3.9 GPA while balancing her roles in both volleyball and track and field.