May 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
First-year volleyball head coach Tom Black announced the signing of Betsi Metter, a standout outside hitter from Phoenix Desert Vista High School, earlier this week. Metter, who led her team to a runner-up finish for the Arizona State Championship in 2008, will join the Lions in the fall for the 2010 season.
Metter, named First Team All-Arizona in 2008 and 2009, holds five Desert Vista school records, including that for career kills at 1,317. Selected 2008 Southeast Valley Player of the Year and Desert Vista Female Athlete of the Year, she led the state of Arizona and was second in the nation in digs with 708 as a junior. An all-around player, she finished 13th in the nation that same year with 462 kills en route to one of her two First Team All-Central Region selections. The 5'10"-outside hitter twice garnered a spot on the Arizona Republic All-Arizona Top-Six Team, a list of Arizona's top-six players regardless of school size.
The captain and MVP of the USA High Performance Championship Team in 2008, she earned All-Tournament recognition after leading the Spiral 18's to a fifth-place finish at the USA National Junior Olympic Championships in 2009. In other tournament action, Metter claimed MVP recognition at the Nike Tournament of Champions after leading her squad to a first-place finish in 2009.
On the beach, Metter was a member of the USA Beach Youth National Training Team, and took first place at the AAU National Beach Championships in 2009 for the U18 division. No stranger to winning in the sand, she earned a first-place finish at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Beach Championships for the U14 division in 2006.
Metter is just as strong off the court as she is on, earning a spot in the National Latin Honors Society from 2007-09. Named to the Arizona Interscholastic Association Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in each of her last three years, she served as a valuable member of Key Club in high school.
"We are extremely excited to have Betsi become a part of our program," Black said. "She is a six-rotation player, who is amongst the best in her class at serving and receiving. What grabbed us from the beginning was her poise and intensity in competition, and as soon as she stepped on campus, her passion for the game was obvious. Betsi has a special ability to read the play for someone her age, and there is a definite maturity to her decisions as a server, hitter, and defender. She is an impressive young lady on and off the court and we cannot wait to begin working with her."
The Lions will open the 2010 season on August 21 with the annual Alumnae Match in Gersten Pavilion. The regular season is slated to begin on August 27 when the Lions head across town to participate in a tournament at USC.