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Quartet of standouts join Golden Eagles volleyball

Thursday, April 10, 2014
The LCCC volleyball team added four high school standouts to the roster.

Mikaila Jegtvig, Teerstyn Johnson, Brittney O’Kief and Teslin Holton will join the Golden Eagles in the fall, giving first-year head coach Austin Albers 11 signings for the 2014 recruiting class.

Jegtvig of Steamboat Springs, Colo., was a standout 5’10 middle hitter after three seasons on the varsity roster. As a senior, she was named captain of her team and went on to earn first team all-conference honors in the Western Slope Athletic Conference.

“Mikaila has a lot of physical talent that is going to give her an edge at the next level,” said Albers. “She has the length and jumping ability to play well above the net both offensively and defensively. She has all the necessary tools to be an impact player for the program over the next two seasons.”

In high school, Jegtvig competed in basketball, lettering for two years in addition to the three letters she earned for volleyball. She also played with the Whiteout Volleyball Club up until her senior year. Jegtvig plans to pursue a major in elementary education.

Teerstyn Johnson of Pinedale, Wyo., will follow in the footsteps of former high school teammate Patience Jones who was a standout middle blocker for LCCC over the last two seasons.

Johnson has since been a three-sport athlete for Pinedale High School, participating in volleyball, basketball and track and field. A four-year letter winner in each sport, Johnson received the Iron Athlete Award for competing in three sports while maintaining a 4.0 GPA during her junior year. This year, she earned 3A West all-conference honors in volleyball and basketball. The 6’1” Johnson also owns school records on the hardwood for blocks in a single game, blocks per game and blocks in a season.

“Teerstyn is going to be a very important player for this program over the next two years,” said Albers. “Although she comes from a small high school program, she’ll adapt quickly to the speed of the college game because of her coachability and attention to detail.”

Johnson is an exceptional student and is heavily involved in school and community programs. Johnson has earned five Wyoming Coaches Association Academic Awards, five Wyoming High School Athletic Association (WHSAA) Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Awards and three WHSAA Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Awards. A member of the National Honor Society, Johnson currently boasts a 3.9 GPA and plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy.

Brittney O’Kief was a four year letter-winner in volleyball, basketball and track during her career at Valentine High School in Valentine, Neb. She accumulated a total of 363 kills, 360 digs, 99 service aces and 54 blocks during her final two high school volleyball seasons. As a senior captain, O’Kief earned all-league honors for her efforts on the court. In basketball, she was also a standout player who set the school record for assists in a season.

“Brittney brings a lot to the table as far as understanding volleyball at a high level,” added Albers. “She comes from a family with a strong volleyball background. Brittney is really starting to hit her stride in terms of growth and ability. She has a lot of potential, and I look forward to seeing her find her niche on the court and developing into a great collegiate player.”

O’Kief boasts a 3.3 GPA and has earned Chadron Scholastic academic honors. She plans to pursue a degree in math education while at LCCC.

Holton comes to Cheyenne after a celebrated career at Platte Valley High School in Kersey, Colo. The 5’6 right side/setter was a four-year letter winner and solidified a key six-rotation role during her final two seasons, helping her team to Colorado 3A Final Four and fifth place finishes. During her final two seasons, she accumulated 316 kills, 407 digs, 91 blocks and 44 service aces. After a breakout season this past fall, Holton earned all-conference and all-state recognition for her efforts.

“Teslin is one of the most versatile players that I have had the pleasure of recruiting,” Albers added. “She has the talent to compete for a spot as a right side, a setter or a defensive specialist. Teslin will give us a lot of high quality options and will provide depth in multiple positions. When we find her ideal role within our system, she’s going to really grow and improve the level of play in our gym.”

Holton excels in the classroom as she posted a 4.0 GPA last quarter. She anticipates continuing her academic success as she studies nursing at LCCC.

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