Greenhaw, Keene and Rayhons Set to Join Redbirds
Melissa Myers
Melissa Myers

Nov. 21, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State volleyball team welcomes three new players to the roster as announced by Head Coach Melissa Myers Thursday. Shalyn Greenhaw, Jaelyn Keene and Mariah Rayhons have committed to continuing their playing careers at Illinois State, effective as of the 2014 season.¬

Greenhaw is a native of Wilton, Iowa, and was named to the All-Mississippi Athletic Conference (MAC) first-team and All-Area Player of the Year in 2013. At Muscatine High School, Greenhaw led the team with 4.39 kills per set in league play, ranking second in the MAC. The outside hitter helped lead her team to a 5A regional volleyball final for the state of Iowa.

"Shay is a dynamic athlete with a lot of potential to develop as a high level pin player," Myers said. "We'll be looking for her to make an impact offensively, as well as provide a solid block that will add to our defensive system. Her work ethic aligns with the standard our program has established and values."

Keene is a native of Jacksonville, Ill., where she competed as part of the Jacksonville High School volleyball team. A three-time first-team all-conference selection, Keene was named the 2012 player of the year. The middle-blocker helped lead her team to a regional championship in 2012 and was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the JHS Invite the same year.

 

 

"Jaelyn is a versatile athlete with unlimited potential," Myers said. "She is a proven scorer both offensively and defensively. Her tireless approach to mastering her abilities will aid the transition to the collegiate level."

Rayhons hails from Altoona, Iowa, where she was a member of the Southeast Polk High School volleyball team. As a Ram, the defensive specialist was a two-time coaches' all-conference selection, the Southeast Polk female athlete of the month (October) and became the first junior to be selected as a captain of the volleyball team in 2012.

"We're looking forward to Mariah bringing her focus and intensity to our court next fall," Myers said. "In addition to her solid ball control skills, she has great energy and passion for the game and her team. Her maturity and leadership will make an immediate impact in our program."

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