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Shoreline Volleyball Standout Taylor Alexander signs with College of Idaho

CALDWELL, Idaho – College of Idaho volleyball coach Liz Mendiola has announced the signing of a pair of impact transfers to Cascade Conference Letters of Intent for the 2017 season.

Local products Taylor Alexander of Mountain View High and Mali Sawyer of Eagle High return to the Treasure Valley to join a Coyote program that has advanced to 10 of the last 12 NAIA National Championships.

Alexander, a 6-foot-1 opposite hitter, had a banner career at Shoreline Community College in Washington, earning All-NWAC honors in 2015 and 2016 and was named the NWAC Northern Region Player of the Year.  The incoming junior averaged 3.66 kills, 2.30 digs and 0.62 aces per set – and joins a C of I program that her sister, Michelle O'Connell (the current Ridgevue High coach) played for from 2003-06.

Sawyer, a 5-foot-11 combo player, spent one season at Hawaii Pacific after earning All-Southern Idaho Conference honors as a setter at EHS in 2013 and 2014 – where she was named EHS Athlete of the Year – but will be looked upon to fill a void at outside hitter for the Yotes.

"We are thrilled Mali and Taylor chose the College of Idaho to continue their careers," Mendiola said.  "Both are outstanding volleyball players and exceptional young women.  Mali is a talented six-rotation outside hitter who will fill a big hole left with the loss of seniors Katy Robinson and Abbey Fenton.   Taylor was instrumental in Shoreline's success the past two years leading the team offensively in each of her two seasons there.  After losing senior Randi Sturtz on the right side we knew we needed to find an impact opposite hitter and we have that in Taylor.  Both Mali and Taylor will transfer in for the spring term and will be able to practice and compete with us during our spring season."

The Yotes are coming off a 20-10 season and a trip to the CCC Tournament semifinals.

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