Grizzly volleyball adds another outside hitter

MISSOULA — First-year Montana volleyball coach Brian Doyon completed an overhaul of his team’s outside hitter position and finalized his fall roster recently with the addition of Cassie Laramee of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Doyon signed Silerolia Gaogao of Waipahu, Hawaii, to a National Letter of Intent last month and last week announced Hannah Sackett, of Somers, Mont., who played three years at West Virginia, was transferring to Montana for her final season of eligibility.

Both are outside hitters, as is Laramee. Along with Montana’s returners — juniors Claire McCown and Michelle Robinson, sophomore Janell Sparks and redshirt freshman Mykaela Hammer — the newcomers will give Doyon seven left- and right-side hitters on his roster when the Grizzlies report for fall camp.

“I think we have a great group, and each one of them brings something special,” said Doyon. “We’re starting to get the type of numbers that I’d like to see so that we can compete within our team for the starting positions.

“These three additions give us a nice, well-rounded group of athletes who should help us make a competitive run in the fall.”

The 5-foot-11 Laramee, who captained her prep team at College Jeanne Sauvé High School, spent the last four years playing for the Shock Volleyball Club, the top program in Manitoba.

In April, Laramee, who was named MVP, led Shock to the 18U title at the Best of the West tournament in Calgary, and earlier this month she and her teammates won the title at the Manitoba Provincial Championships in Winnipeg.

“What I really like about Cassie is that she’s had a leadership role on her teams for a long time,” said Doyon. “Having that role isn’t something that fazes her. She’s very comfortable in that position.

“She brings the complete package on the court, from offense to defense to serving to passing. She is the go-to player in all aspects for her teams, and she does a great job carrying that load.”

Doyon saw Laramee the week before the Best of the West tournament, at the Player Showcase at the Calgary Cup the first weekend of April. Laramee later made an official visit to campus.

“I chose Montana because it has a great sociology and criminology program, and I fell in love with the campus,” she said.

“Another reason I chose Montana is because of the great athletics department and how welcoming everyone was.”

Montana will open its 2015 schedule the last weekend of August at Air Force’s tournament. The Grizzlies will play matches against the Falcons, Northeastern and New Mexico State.

— Montana Sports Information

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