FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 2) - Head volleyball coach Sandy Troudt has announced the signees which will comprise the 2000 TCU volleyball freshman class. The players Troudt has signed to national letters of intent are Tori Barlow, a 5-foot-8 setter from Oak Ridge High School in The Woodlands, Texas; Courtney Beach, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker from Canyon High School in New Braunfles, Texas; and Myshara High, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker from Estacado High School in Lubbock, Texas.
"This class is one of the best we have ever signed," Troudt said. "I am excited about the depth that we have added in the middle blocking position as well as the setter position."
Barlow played for Janet Tingle at Oak Ridge High School. In her senior season, Barlow led Oak Ridge to a Texas 4A State Championship match appearance. She was named district 18-4A most valuable player en route to being honored as a first-team All-State performer. Barlow was also named to the Texas Girls' Coaches Association All-State team and was a TGCA Academic All-State honoree. During her high school career, Barlow was a three-time all-district selection and led her team to the state semifinals on two occasions. Barlow played for Club Texas and coach Debbie Sokol. She chose TCU ahead of Texas, Washington and Emory.
"Tori is an excellent defensive player, tremendous competitor with an excellent work ethic," Troudt added. "She can deliver any set in any pressure situation, directs the court and her teammates with confidence and has a 'can do' leadership style."
Beach led her New Braunfles Canyon High School team deep into the 1999 playoffs before falling to Barlow's Oak Ridge team in the state semifinals. Playing for coach Heather Sanders, Beach was a three-time first-team All-District performer and led her team to the state's regional finals each of those three years. She was a first-team All-State selection in 1999 and was first-team all CenTex in 1999 and second-team in 1998. Like Barlow, Beach was named to the Texas Girls' Coaches Association All-State team and was a TGCA Academic All-State honoree. She played club volleyball for Texas Block Party and coach Christy Dwyer. Beach chose TCU over Air Force, Rice, Southern Mississippi and Southwest Texas State.
"Courtney is an athlete who has worked very hard to develop her game to the highest competitive level possible," Troudt said. "She is also a tremendous competitor with a fun loving personality that will make coaching her a joy."
High was a three-time volleyball letterwinner and three-time All-District honoree under coach Dianne Morgan at Lubbock Estacado. A multi-sport athlete, High was also a three-time letterwinner in basketball and track. Additionally, High is very involved with other extracurricular activities. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is secretary of her school's Black History Club. High played club for coach Jeff Nelson at Texas Power. She signed with TCU ahead of Oklahoma, LSU, Texas Tech and UTEP.
"Myshara is a tremendous athlete with unlimited potential," Troudt added. "Myshara is a talented multi-sport athlete that chose volleyball because how the sport fits her competitive personality. I am looking forward to having such a talent young athlete in our program."
2000 TCU VOLLEYBALL SIGNEES
Tori Barlow 5-8 S The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge HS)
Courtney Beach 5-11 MB New Braunfles, Texas (Canyon HS)
Myshara High 6-1 MB Lubbock, Texas (Estacado HS)