Volleyball: Kramer Inks Montgomery and Root

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • November 14, 2013 02:39 PM
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Morgan Montgomery will join the WVU volleyball team in the fall of 2014.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University volleyball coach Jill Kramer announced today the additions of Morgan Montgomery of Centennial, Colo., and Danielle Root from Eagle, Neb., to the 2014 recruiting class.
“Morgan and Dani have a few common traits – their values and personalities make them outstanding teammates, they are both exceptional students and they both grew up in what was Big 12 Country as they fell in love with volleyball,” says coach Jill Kramer. “We believe they will fit right into the culture of our team, and we are excited to get them out to Morgantown. The fact that they are also great volleyball players with a lot of potential is obviously also important.”
Root and Montgomery, both 6-1 outside hitters, have each signed a National Letter of Intent. Montgomery will enroll in the fall of 2014, and Root will enroll in the spring of 2014.
Morgan Montgomery | 6-1 | Outside Hitter | Centennial, Colo.
Montgomery was a two-time captain at Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo., and a 2013 All-State selection. Grandview totaled 100 wins compared to just 18 defeats while Montgomery, a four-year letter winner, attended.
She compiled 833 kills, 307 blocks, 107 service aces and a .205 career hitting percentage while at Grandview. Montgomery earned two first-team academic distinctions and was a first team all-conference member, playing for coach Patty Childress.
“Morgan is very gifted athletically and has received great training from Michelle Buckner at CVA in the Denver area,” Kramer says. “She is very versatile and can attack a variety of tempos of sets. She will be a really dynamic player to get in the gym. Her character and work ethic fit very well with what we are doing here at WVU.”
Danielle Root | 6-1 | Outside Hitter | Eagle, Neb.
Root was a two-sport athlete at Waverly High School in Waverly, Neb., competing in both track and volleyball. She was a four-year starter for the volleyball team, serving as co-captain during her senior season.
She has posted a 4.0 grade point average, and was a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior years. She has garnered academic all-conference, first-team all-conference, honorable mention all-state, second-team all-state and academic all-state accolades. She will graduate from Waverly High this December.
Root’s high school was the district runner-up her sophomore season, and district champion her junior and senior campaigns. She was named to the AVCA All-American Phenom list in 2012 and the Under Armor High School All-American Watch List in 2013.
She totaled 1,059 kills, 681 digs, 150 serving aces and a hitting percentage above .350 for her four-year career at Waverly High School.
“We anticipate Dani being a proficient six-rotation player for us in the future. She will increase the competition at the outside position,” Kramer says. “She will be joining us in January, so it will be nice to have her here learning our systems and beginning to connect with the team.”