Volleyball adds two new transfers

Weber State University women’s volleyball team added two new in-state transfers to its roster this year. Head Coach Tom Peterson announced this week that Rebecca Fuchs and Laurel Bodily will be joining the Wildcats.
Fuchs is an outside hitter from University of Utah where she red-shirted her freshman year. A native of Menomonee Falls, Wis. She was a four-time letter winner in volleyball. During her senior season, she led her team to the state semi-finals and was a third-team all-state selection. She will have four seasons of competitive eligibility for the Wildcats.
“She (Fuchs) can hit the ball hard,” Peterson said. “She has a great work ethic and is in a hurry to learn a lot. Once she gets comfortable with our systems she will be a great addition.”
Bodily is a libero transferring from Utah State University. She competed for the Aggies during the 2009-11 seasons. She was a member of USU’s 2010 Western Athletic Conference championship team. A native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Bodily competed in 28 matches and 107 sets for USU. Bodily will have one season of eligibility left to compete for the Wildcats.
“She (Bodily) has very good experience,” Peterson said. “She has played at a high level for three years. She will be able to help us with leadership and learning. She also has great ball control.”
Captain Caitlin Penrod said she is excited for the girls positive attitudes that will be added to the team.
“Both of them are stellar players,” she said. “We are lucky to have them. Laurel is so much fun to be around and Becca has the most genuine disposition. They’ve made a huge positive impact on our team.”
WSU had a rough season last year winning only three games to Northern Arizona University twice and Idaho State University.
Penrod also said that the girls will contribute greatly on the skill level of game play.
“They both are very smart and driven girls,” she said. “Laurel will help our serve receives and defense. Becca can soar and hit the ball great. She can hit shots and just hammer the ball. Their biggest contribution, though, is their great attitudes, hard work and the fun atmosphere they bring.”
WSU’s spring season consists of team practices and four tournaments, in one at Utah Valley University, University of Utah, Southern Utah University and one in Swenson Gym. Full time practices will start in the middle of February and tournaments start in the middle of March.
“We work out and train everday, working to get better and stronger” Penrod said.
Also this week seven WSU volleyball athletes earned Big Sky All-Academic Honors: Mackenzie Clark, Shelby Earl, Emily Jones, Kirstin Knowles, Shanae Langston, Ashley Orr and Penrod.