Head Coach Geoff Carlston
Nov. 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Head coach Geoff Carlston of the No. 15 Ohio State women's volleyball team announced the signing of three student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent Thursday. Middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, outside hitter Kylie Randall and setter Maggie Heim are set to join the squad for the 2013 season.
Sandbothe, a 6-2 middle blocker from Lee's Summit, Mo., led Lee's Summit West High School to three-straight state runner-up finishes (2010-12) and was named first team All-State, All-District, All-Region and All-Conference. A member of Invasion VBC, Sandbothe was named to the Under Armour All-American second team and ranked No. 25 on Prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces list.
"Taylor is one of the most dynamic players in the 2013 class, touching up to 10-6 and fast as can be," Carlston said. "Her intensity, competitiveness and sense of humor are characteristics that we look forward to having on our team."
Randall, a 6-2 outside hitter from Tomball, Texas, is a two-time All-State honoree for Magnolia High School. Named to the Prepvolleball.com's Fab 50 list and on the website's Class of 2013 Top 50 Recruits list, Randall earned first team All-District honors for three-consecutive seasons and was recently awarded the 2012 District 18-4A Most Valuable Player honor. An Under Armour Second Team All-American, she guided the Willowbrook Volleyball club team to a runner-up finish at the Junior Olympics and earned All-Tournament team accolades.
"Kylie was one of the most highly-recruited players in the nation and we are excited she chose us," Carlston said. "She's a fun person to be around and is a connector in every way."
Heim is a 6-0 setter from Omaha, Neb., that recently led Omaha Marian High School to a runner-up finish in the 2012 Nebraska Class A state tournament. A 2012 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year finalist, Heim was her team's leader in aces, assists and hitting percentage this season. She was named to the Class A All-Tournament team and earned second team All-State honors this season. A member of the Omaha Wave/Nebraska Elite club team, Heim was ranked on the Prepvolleyball.com's Senior Aces list.
"Maggie has incredible natural leadership and that is something coaches love to see in a setter," Carlston said. "She's a very physical player with a fierce desire to learn everything she possibly can."
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