EUGENE – The University of Oregon volleyball program unveiled one of its most talented signee classes ever with a trio that signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
All three have been honored on various PrepVolleyball.com honoree lists, include All-America outside hitter in Martenne Bettendorf, Senior Ace middle blocker Canace Finley, and Senior Ace 150 outside hitter Madison Magee.
“This is probably the signee class that I’m most excited about in my career,” Oregon seventh-year head coach Jim Moore said. “All three players are tall, and can flat out jump and hit. We have no seniors currently, and all three will definitely compete for starting spots next fall. These kids love to play volleyball and are excited to be Ducks, and we’re thrilled to have them at Oregon.”
Profiles of all three players and individual comments from Moore follow.
- Martenne Bettendorf (name pron. mar-TEEN), Outside Hitter, 6-2, RH, Portland, Ore., Central Catholic H.S. (Oregon NW Juniors)
A 6A All-State First-Team pick as a junior and Second-Team choice as a sophomore, she was the Qwest Player of the Match in the 2009 State Championships finale, and an All-State Tournament Team selection. She was tabbed 41st by Prepvolleyball.com on its Senior Aces team, and picked up past nods on its Junior Top 75, Sophomore 79 and Frosh 59 squads. Her Central Catholic squad won state titles in 2009 and ’10, and is ranked first again in the state this fall. The four-time Mt. Hood Conference champions also placed third in the 6A state tournament her freshman campaign in 2008. She has played on the highly-respected Oregon Northwest Juniors Club since 2010 that has ranked first in the region the last two seasons. She was also selected to the 2011 USA Volleyball Youth National Training Team, and played on the bronze-medal USA A2 Red Team in the 2010 USA Youth High Performance Tournament.
“Martenne was in final cut for the USA Youth team this past summer and many felt she should have made the team,” head coach Jim Moore said. “She can hit the ball many directions, can touch 10-4 or 10-5, and can do everything - yet she’s still improving. Her club continues to produce great players, including recent Ducks like All-American Neticia Enesi, Katie Swoboda and Liz Brenner.”
- Canace Finley, Middle Blocker, 6-2, RH, Fort Collins, Colo., Poudre H.S. (NORCO Juniors)
This year the Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate was a first-team all-conference pick as a senior and second-team choice as a junior. A three-year volleyball letterwinner, she also has competed in track and field in the 200m, 400m and high jump. On the club circuit, she has played the last two seasons for former two-time NCAA Coach of the Year Terry Pettit, and the U16 All-Rocky Mountain Region first-team choice helped her team place ninth in the AAU U16 Open among its many tourney highlights.
“The pictures we've see of Canace playing are amazing,” head coach Jim Moore said. “We’ve never had a player on our team get as high over the net as she does, and she is still growing. I’ve had two players in my career jump 10-10, and she has already touched 10-9. She is still blossoming so quickly - part of that is attributed to having Terry as her club coach - and we can’t wait to see where she will be at when she arrives.”
- Madison Magee, Outside Hitter, 6-1, RH, Sammamish, Wash., Skyline HS, (Washington Volleyball Academy)
A PrepVolleyball Senior Ace 150 pick, she was honored in previous years by the publication as a Frosh 59 selection and Underclassman to Watch. She was an All-Kingco First-Team pick as a senior and freshman and a Second-Team choice as a sophomore and junior. This season, the four-year letterwinner has averaged 5.22 kills per set and posted match highs of 26 kills and 18 digs, and her team begins play in the 4A state tournament this week. A 2009 USA Volleyball Select A1 Team member, her squad placed third in the 2009 High Performance Championships. Club-wise, her Washington Volleyball Academy team took 23rd in the 2011 Junior Nationals Open Division and 32nd in ’10.
“Maddie and is one of the most instinctive blockers we’ve signed in a long time,” head coach Jim Moore said, “She can hit outside, and can already touch 10-4, so she is going to have an impact for us right off the bat. We saw her as a young player, and we thought she had committed to another school. When we found she wasn’t, we got right back into the picture, and are very excited to have her sign with us.”
Closer to home this weekend, the No. 20 Ducks (17-7, 10-6) host the current Pac-12 co-leaders in No. 1 UCLA (22-3, 15-2) on Friday at 7 p.m., and No. 4 USC (20-4, 15-2) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, fans are urged to come early to Matthew Knight Arena to a special Duck football "Watch Party" to cheer on No.3 Oregon at No. 6 Stanford.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the floor-level Mac Club lounge will offer full concessions (like all volleyball and women's basketball events).
To get into the watch party, fans need to show their USC volleyball ticket, while UO students get in for **free** with their student ID cards (like any home volleyball match).
A special $3 ticket deal is also available Friday and Saturday for those that bring two non-perishable food items to donate to Food For Lane County.
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