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Liberty Volleyball Inks Boggs, Jacobsma

November 19, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Big South Volleyball Coach of the Year Shane Pinder will welcome the addition of Courtney Boggs and Claire Jacobsma to his team's roster next season.

Big South Volleyball Coach of the Year Shane Pinder will welcome the addition of Courtney Boggs and Claire Jacobsma to his team's roster next season.

Two days after his Liberty volleyball team won its first Big South Conference title since 2001, Lady Flame head coach Shane Pinder has signed two players, Courtney Boggs and Claire Jacobsma, to national letters of intent for the 2008-09 academic year.

Boggs (Marysville, Ohio), a 5-8 setter, comes to Liberty from Worthington Christian High School, just outside Columbus, Ohio. She will provide Pinder another viable option at the position, in addition to two-year starter Kallie Corbin (So., Beaverton, Ore.). Like Corbin, Boggs is an offensive threat from the setter spot, as she tallied over 1,000 kills and 1,000 assists during her time with the Warriors.

"Courtney was one of the top players recruited out of Ohio, and she garnered a lot of attention from a number of major programs," noted Pinder. "She can play multiple positions, but her primary position is setter. Courtney will bring much-needed depth to the position. She can come in this fall and compete for a position against Kallie Corbin. She loves competition and is a natural leader. Courtney is an athletic setter, who runs a very fast offense."

The first Worthington Christian volleyball player ever to earn a NCAA Division I athletic scholarship, Boggs was a three-time All-Central Catholic League honoree. She was a second-team All-Ohio pick as a senior and a third-team All-Ohio selection as a junior. Also a standout in the classroom, Boggs is third in her class with a 4.1 GPA and is president of Worthington Christian's National Honor Society.

"It's difficult to express what Courtney has meant to the volleyball program over the past four years," explained Worthington Christian coach Martha Weygandt, in an interview with ThisWeek newspaper. "She is so fun to watch play, because she does so many amazing things out on the court. No matter who we were playing, I knew we had a chance because Courtney always believed we were capable of beating any team."

Jacobsma (Midland, Texas) is a 6-1 right-side hitter from Midland Christian School. She swings left-handed and split time between right-side hitter and setter for the Lady Mustangs, who just wrapped up a 32-11 season and reached the regional championship match. As an illustration of Jacobsma's versatility, she recorded 12 kills, 15 assists, 13 digs and seven blocks in a three-game sweep of Dallas Christian in a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 5A bi-district match this season. Such performances recently won her the district MVP award.

"Claire can play right side or potentially outside hitter as well," stated Pinder. She is a big, physical player, but what excites me most about Claire is her athleticism. She is going to be strong once we get her in the weight room. Claire is a force at the net, as far as blocking goes. She is quick on feet and hits a heavy ball. Her size, athleticism and ability to be physical at the net really excite me."

Jacobsma was a first-team all-state player in 2006 and garnered second-team all-state accolades in 2005. As a freshman, she was tabbed TAPPS 1-5A District Newcomer of the Year. Jacobsma has also excelled in track at Midland Christian, reaching the state meet in the discus each of the past two years. Like Boggs, she is a National Honor Society member.

"Claire is an outstanding all-around athlete who is going to be an asset to the Liberty University team," said Midland Christian coach Jennifer Kessler. "She has been a huge part of Midland Christian volleyball and will be greatly missed next year. Claire is not only a great athlete, but a great Christian young lady who any team is lucky to have."

Of his two new signees, Pinder summarized, "Courtney and Claire are both great fits at Liberty. First of all, they are Christian young ladies, who make a relationship with the Lord a priority in their lives. They also both possess character, integrity and do good work in the classroom. They are great additions to the players we already have on our roster."

Boggs and Jacobsma will join a Liberty squad which is currently 26-7 and in the midst of a 16-match winning streak. The Lady Flames will play in the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament for the fourth time in program history.