clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

BYU volleyball: Jennifer Hamson's sister among the four recruits added to 2017 roster

Pleasant Grove right front hitter Sara Hamson celebrates after scoring a point against Lone Peak during the UHSAA class 5A volleyball title match in Orem on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.
Pleasant Grove right front hitter Sara Hamson celebrates after scoring a point against Lone Peak during the UHSAA class 5A volleyball title match in Orem on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016.
Nick Wagner, Deseret News

BYU women’s volleyball has signed four new recruits for the 2017 season – Taylen Ballard, Allison Stapleton, Sara Hamson and Sydnie Martindale – head coach Heather Olmstead announced Tuesday.

Ballard, a native of Clovis, California, will play outside hitter for the Cougars.

“Taylen is a physically gifted volleyball player with great size and athleticism,” Olmstead said. “Due to her vision and range, she will have the ability to score in the West Coast Conference. We see her developing into a six-rotation player that Cougar fans will enjoy watching. We can’t wait to get Taylen in the gym and get to work.”

The Clovis High School senior was named an Under Armour First-Team All-American in 2016 as well as all-conference in 2014 and 2016. Additionally, Ballard has played for the club team Tsunami.

Stapleton, from Richland, Washington, will compete as an outside/opposite hitter for BYU.

“Alli is an exceptional athlete who got a late start playing volleyball,” Olmstead said. “Along with her ability to jump well, she has great size and moves well on the court. She is a versatile player and can play multiple positions. Alli loves the process of getting better, and we’re excited to see how quickly she learns once she gets in the gym.”

The 6-foot-2 Stapleton has been named a First-Team All-Conference outside hitter for two years at her Kamiakin High School. She has lettered for three years in volleyball.

Hamson, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, will play opposite for the Cougars.

“Sara is a tremendous athlete that we anticipate developing into a formidable attacker and defender,” Olmstead said. “She has the potential to be one of the best attackers in the nation, coming at opponents with a high-attack point that they aren’t accustomed to seeing. We’re thrilled to help Sara accomplish her goals of becoming the best volleyball player she can be.”

Hamson will follow in the footsteps of her older sister Jennifer and compete on both the women's basketball and volleyball teams. In high school, she was named the No. 57 Senior Aces in the class of 2017 by PrepVolleyball.

Martindale hails from Heber, Utah, and is a junior college transfer student from Snow College.

"We are very excited to add Sydnie to our team as a very experienced junior college transfer," Olmstead said. "Sydnie is a dynamic defender who reads the game well and has a knack for knowing where the ball will go. She is quick and isn’t afraid to get on the floor. Sydnie has done an excellent job of being a leader for her team at Snow College on and off the court. We look forward to having Sydnie in our gym in January to begin working with her."

Martindale has received a handful of awards in the past two years, including being named the Region 18 Defensive Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. The junior will play libero/defensive specialist for BYU.

The four new recruits will help replace the four seniors the Cougars will lose at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Royce Hinton is the men's and women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.