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TCU Volleyball Fall Signing Class
 
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Volleyball Signs Four to National Letters of Intent

FORT WORTH - TCU volleyball received four National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day of the fall signing period, head coach Prentice Lewis announced.

The class features three players taller than 6-foot-0, including Natalie Gower, a 6-4 middle blocker from St. Louis. Regan McGuire (Flower Mound Marcus) and Shane Peters (Plano West) both come to TCU after playing at local club Texas Advantage Volleyball.

Big-hitting Ashley Smith is the lone outside hitter in the class and can play in all six rotations. From the Houston area, Smith attended Clear Creek High School in League City and played at the club level at Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas.

"This will be the best class we've ever had at TCU," Lewis said. "We're getting height and every athlete is very physical. I'm very excited to see this class in the next couple years. They are dynamic, fast and give us some height."

With four seniors departing the program following the 2012 season, including a middle blocker, outside hitter and libero, the class fills the holes left in the lineup. Gower and McGuire are middle blockers, Peters is a defensive specialist/libero and Smith is an outside hitter.

"Natalie can hit on the outside and swing in the middle," Lewis said. "Ashley is a very-dynamic outside hitter who will fill that role very well. Regan will be able to go in at any time in the middle and Shane is an added defensive player."

With the addition of Gower, TCU's 2013 roster will feature players from four different states (California, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas).

Natalie Gower
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6-4 | MB | St. Louis, Mo. | St. Joseph's Academy
Will provide the Horned Frogs with height on the front line ... Attended St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis ... Helped lead her team to the 2010 state title and 2012 district title ... Led all middle blockers in her conference in hitting percentage and had the No. 2 hitting percentage for middle blockers in the state of Missouri ... Played club volleyball for St. Louis CYC ... Her club won the bronze medal in the open division of the Junior Olympic Volleyball Championships in 2010 and 2011 ... Won the gold medal in the American division in 2008 ... Ranked as a Top 150 Senior Aces on PrepVolleyball.com ... Named to the Under Armour High School All-American Watch List and All-State first team in 2012 ... Earned Under Armour High School All-American honorable mention honors ... Daughter of Bob and Peggy Gower ... Has two brothers, Dan and Jon ... Lists sports and music as her hobbies ... Hopes to major in nutrition.

Lewis on Gower: "We're excited to have an athlete out of St. Louis. She's a very physical, athletic player and she adds some much-needed height. We are very much looking forward to her contributions in the fall."

Natalie Gower Photo Gallery

Regan McGuire
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6-2 | MB | Flower Mound, Texas | Edward S. Marcus High School
A local product from an athletic family ... Attended Edward S. Marcus High School in nearby Flower Mound ... Her high school team advanced to the regional finals in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Earned a spot on the All-Tournament teams for the Allen Tournament and Pearland Tournament in 2010, as well as her district's Blocker of the Year honors ... Was again named to the All-Tournament team at Allen in 2011 and the district Offensive Player of the Year ... A member of Texas Advantage Volleyball club ... Her club team won nationals in 2009 (TAV 14 Asics), placed third in 2010 (TAV 15 Asics), 10th at nationals and second at the AAU Junior Nationals in 2011 (TAV 16 VBR black) and second in 2012 (TAV 17 VBR black) ... The 2012 squad finished the year with just three losses ... Parents' names are Susan and Monte ... Has a brother, Brendan ... Mother played volleyball and father played football at Texas Tech ... Has an aunt who played volleyball at Texas Tech, as well as a cousin who currently plays there ... Uncles that played football at Texas Tech and Colorado ... Multiple other family members who played college sports ... Undecided on a major.

Lewis on McGuire: "She's a fast athlete with a quick wrist. She jumps well and hits a great slide. We're looking forward to having her in the fall."

Regan McGuire Photo Gallery

Shane Peters
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5-5 | DS/L | Plano, Texas | Plano West Senior High School
Another local standout to add to TCU's solid defensive rotation ... Went to Plano West Senior High School ... Helped her high school squad to the Bi District 8-5A area championship ... Named to the PrepVolleyball.com Defensive Dandies team after averaging 6.71 digs per game as a senior ... Was a four-year starter at Plano West ... Earned a spot on the All-District team in 2009 and 2010 ... LoneStarVolleyball.com named her to the All-Texas Team and honorable mention outstanding libero/DS in 2011 ... Member of Skyline Juniors and Texas Advantage Volleyball ... Helped her team to multiple titles at the club level, highlighted by a first-place finish at the JVA World Challenge for TVA 17 Black in 2011 ... Also helped TAV 17 Black finish second in the Junior Olympics Open Division in 2012 ... As a member of Skyline 16 Roshambo in 2010, squad placed second in the Junior Olympics Open Division after a fifth-place showing in 2009 ... Was named Skyline Junior's best defensive player for four-straight years ... Daughter of Anne and Rick Peters ... Has a sister, Shyler ... Lists drawing, singing and ping pong as her hobbies ... Undecided on a major.

Lewis on Peters: "Shane will come in and be a great attribute to our already strong defensive team."

Shane Peters Photo Gallery

Ashley Smith
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6-1 | OH | League City, Texas | Clear Creek High School
A six-rotation player with a strong swing on the outside ... Attended Clear Creek High School in coastal League City, Texas ... Her high school squad advanced to the regional semifinals in 2010, area finals in 2011 and area semifinals in 2012 ... Tallied more than 2,100 career kills while earning 24-5A District MVP in 2011 and 2012 ... Was an all-district first-team selection in 2010 ... Also earned Galveston County Offensive Player of the Year accolades in 2011 and AVCA All-American honors in 2012 ... Earned Under Armour High School All-American honorable mention honors ... Also earned 24-5A academic all-district all four years of high school ... Plays at the club level for Absolute Volleyball Academy of Texas in Dickinson ... Her club was a 2011 open national qualifier ... Parents' names are Marcy and Brian ... Has two brothers, Austin and Hunter ... Her brother plays football at Texas A&M-Commerce and father played football at Arizona ... Lists music and cycling as her hobbies ... Hopes for a pre-med option as a major.

Lewis on Smith: "She hits a heavy ball and will be a dynamic six-rotation outside hitter for us. She's a dominant athlete who plays great defense. It will be fun to watch her grow on the outside."

Ashley Smith Photo Gallery


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