Carroll College volleyball coach Moe Boyle announced the signing of libero/defensive specialist Laurel Kassa, a Mead High School product and sister of graduating senior Natalie Kassa.
Laurel was a team captain on the Washington 4A state runner-up Panther team. Mead finished fifth at state during her junior year. She also played golf for Mead and earned four varsity letters in that sport.
"Laurel is a seasoned defensive player," Carroll coach Moe Boyle said. "She is a floor general on the back line and directs traffic along the way. She has a high volleyball IQ and has had great success in both high school and club volleyball."
The family connection was a draw for both Boyle as a coach recruiting the player and for Kassa as she looked at her options.
"She comes from a great family," Boyle said. "I feel like she has been a part of this program since her sister started four years ago, and it is exciting to see her officially join the Carroll ranks. She will bring a lot to our team and to the Carroll community off of the court, too."
Kassa closes out a recruiting class that includes Aliyah Williams from Coeur d'Alene High School, Helena High's Taelyr Krantz and Maddie Wolter from Boise High School.
"Coming in on the heels of Carroll's 2016 Frontier Conference championship and NAIA Tournament appearance, I couldn't be more excited," Kassa said. "Watching my sister be a part of Carroll College volleyball for the last four years makes me so happy to join the program."