EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon volleyball inked its 2014 freshman class as three prep seniors signed to a National Letter of Intent head coach Jim Moore announced, Wednesday.
The class consists of outside hitters Taylor Agost (Happy Valley, Ore.) and Frankie Shebby (La Mirada, Calif.) as well as setter Maggie Scott (Wildwood, Mo.) Each of the three garnered PrepVolleyball Senior Ace honors as well as a number of other regional and national accolades.
“I’m very excited about the class as a whole,” Moore said. “I think we are gaining three outstanding players who are all going to make an impact right away and I think are all going to be great players in the long run. The potential is for sure here for them to make a huge impact.”
Taylor Agost – 6-2 – OH – Happy Valley, Ore. - Clackamas HS (North Clackamas VC)
Agost is a player relatively new to the game but has made her ascent up the recruiting ranks and was named a PrepVolleyball Senior Ace, ranked 17th on that list. Agost was a member of the Clackamas High school team which finished Three Rivers League Champions as both a junior and senior as well as third and fourth place finishes at the 6A OSAA Tournament, respectively. She was named first team all-league in each of her final two years at Clackamas and received the honor of 2013 Three Rivers League Player of the Year. Agost also played three years for the North Clackamas Volleyball Club.
“Taylor is an incredible athlete,” said Moore. “She’s going to have to learn to play at this level but she certainly has the tools to play as well as anybody. She’s going to hit the ball like Canace (Finley), like Naya (Crittenden), those kinds of kids who can play way above people’s hands.”
Maggie Scott – 5-10 – S – Wildwood, Mo. - Lafayette HS (Rockwood Thunder VC)
Scott was a three-year letter winner at Lafayette High School where the team was three-time state champions in Missouri and went 40-0 in 2012, not losing a single set. Scott comes to Oregon with a number of national honors, the most recent of which was being selected to the Under-Armour All-America Second Team. She was named a PrepVolleyball Top 100 Senior Ace (No. 60) in 2013 as well as Top 50 honorable mention as a junior. She earned Maxpreps.com 2013 Preseason All-America honors heading into her senior season after being selected as a junior All-American in 2012 and was a finalist for the Junior of the Year award given out by PrepVolleyball. Scott is a seven-year veteran for the Rockwood Thunder club team out of Eureka, Mo.
“I can’t be more excited about a setter than I am with Maggie,” said Moore. “Lauren (Plum) is obviously an awesome athlete and a great setter and Maggie is very similar to Lauren.
“She will be a great leader which is what you need out of a setter and we’re really excited about her from that standpoint.”
Frankie Shebby – 6-0 – OH – La Mirada, Calif. – Mater Dei HS (Mizuno Long Beach VC)
Shebby is an experienced outside hitter who received PrepVolleyball honors in each of her four years through high school, being selected as a Senior Ace (No. 44) and a Top 50 Junior, National Sophomore of the Year Finalist and Frosh 59 honorable mention. In 2012, she was the Trinity League MVP as well as an All-Orange County First Team selection while playing at MaterDei High School. Shebby has five years of experience playing for the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club in Carson, with whom she competed at the USA Junior Olympics from 2010-12, earning All-American status in 2012.
“Most people that I have talked to feel that she’s one of the top three players in the state of California,” Moore said. “She has good ball control, is a smart player and because of where she plays she has to play a high level of volleyball all the time.”
Oregon will be back at home this week as it faces a pair of ranked opponents in No. 6 Stanford (Thursday) and No. 20 California (Friday). Both matches start at 6 p.m., and can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.