Texas Tech Volleyball Adds Four on Signing Day
Feb. 3, 2000
Texas Tech volleyball coach Jeff Nelson announced today the addition of four athletes that will join the Red Raider program next fall. For the first time in Nelson's tenure, all four recruits played in the state of Texas, and three of the four athletes are Texas natives. The class of 2004 features setter Laura Grote (Austin), outside hitter Angela Mooney (Lubbock), middle blocker/outside hitter Jana Kubalova (Bryson) and defensive specialist/outside hitter Courtney Shambaugh (Arlington).
Coach Nelson and the volleyball staff are looking forward to working with the new additions. Nelson commented, "I'm really excited that the best kids in Texas are looking at us and wanting to play at Texas Tech."
Leading the way is Lubbock Monterey stand-out Angela Mooney. Mooney, a 5-11 outside hitter, was named the city's player of the year by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and is a two-time All-American at the 16 and 18-under levels. She is a two-time District 3-5A MVP and could make an immediate impact on Red Raider volleyball.
Laura Grote, a 5-10 setter from Austin, is a two-time All-State selection and was named Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year in Texas. Grote is listed as an outstanding Division I prospect and was chosen as the MVP of the 1999 state tournament.
Jana Kubalova, a Slovakia native, was named first team All-State and district MVP. Kubalova is a very physical and athletic player that brings international experience to Coach Nelson's team.
Courtney Shambaugh of Lamar High School in Arlington rounds out the roster. Shambaugh, a 5-8 defensive specialist/outside hitter, was named top defensive player by the Arlington Star-Telegram and Arlington Morning News while playing at Lamar High School.
Angela Mooney - 5-11, Outside Hitter, Lubbock, Texas, Monterey High School
1999 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Player of the Year ... 309 kills, .335 hitting percentage, 55 blocks, 49 digs and 11 assists ... jump server with 54 aces ... two-time All-American (16 and 18-under) ... two-time team MVP and first team All-Distict 3-5A selection ... played for Wilma Langdon at Monterey ... also played basketball at Monterey ... is the fourth of five children ... has three older sisters that played collegiate sports.
Coach Nelson on Angela Mooney: "Angela is a dominating hitter that can have a huge impact on a match. She's very dynamic, athletic and fast. She can put up big numbers. There is a chance that Angela could come in here and be in the mix for a starting position as a freshman."
"I'm especially excited for her to be from Lubbock. It's great and exciting that she is from here and played in the club program. It shows kids, that if you play and work hard, you can play here. It creates a local interest that we have been trying to develop."
Laura Grote - 5-8, Setter, Austin, Texas, Westwood High School
Recently named High School All-American ... Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year in Texas ... four-time Academic All-District ... four-time All-District 13-5A ... MVP of the state tournament, District MVP and Central Texas Player of the Year as a senior ... team was crowned state champions and were state finalists in junior year ... posted a 80-5 record over her junior and senior seasons ... Central Texas Co-Player of the Year, District MVP and first team All-District as a junior ... first team All-District, All-Central Texas and outstanding setter in the District as a sophomore ... All-Central Texas Freshman of the Year and All-District as a freshman ... high school coach is Zula Blann ... plays for the Texas Block Party club team ... member of National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Student Council ... will also receive an academic scholarship from Texas Tech ... will play for the West team in the 2000 Texas High School Girls Coaching Association All-Star match in July.
Coach Nelson on Laura Grote: "Laura has strong leadership characteristics, which you need to play her position. She has outstanding touch and a lot of high level experience with a lot of success. You want a setter to come in with that kind of experience. Our current setter was a state champion and the one before her was also. We want that kind of quality in that position. Laura brings that here."
Jana Kubalova - 6-0, Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter, Bryson, Texas, Bryson High School
Native of Slovakia ... first team All-State ... All-Region ... District MVP ... played for Linda Wade at Bryson High School ... lead high school team to the regional finals ... MVP of Albany and Peaster tournaments ... is a member of the Red River club team in Wichita Falls ... sister plays at South Alabama.
Coach Nelson on Jana Kubalova: "She is very physical, really athletic. Jana has a big jump and a fast arm. She can do everything and could play any position here. She has a lot of high-level experience. We're excited about her bringing that kind of experience here, especially in practice and training. I think she'll have a major impact on the program."
Courtney Shambaugh - 5-8, Defensive Specialist/Outside Hitter, Arlington, Texas, Lamar High School
Named Defensive Player of the Year by the Arlington Star-Telegram and Arlington Morning News ... also second team All-Area by the Arlington Star-Telegram ... District 7-5A Defensive Player of the Year ... was ranked among area leaders in kills and digs ... team made the playoff in two of three seasons as a varsity player ... made the regional quarterfinals as a junior while posting a 33-4 record ... plays for the Texas Advantage club team ... moved to Arlington from Lubbock and would have attended Coronado high school.