UTEP volleyball head coach Ken Murphy announced the signing of Lindsey Larson, a setter from Humboldt, Alberta, Canada and Amber Massey, a defensive specialist from Montwood High School, to join the squad at the start of the 2012 season.
“We are very excited for the addition of Lindsay and Amber to our program next year,” said Murphy. “They are both hard working and dedicated players that fit perfectly into the ideals of our program.”
Larson comes to UTEP from Humboldt Collegiate Institute, where she led the squad to the 2010 Provincial 4A Volleyball Championship title and a second-place finish in 2009. She was named the 2011 Lumsden Tournament Most Valuable Player and was selected to the 2010 Lumsden Tournament all-star team. Larson was a member of the 2011 Sask team and participated in the 2011 Kamloops Western Canada Summer Games where the team took bronze. The two-sport athlete led the Humboldt Collegiate Institute to its first Provincial High School 4A basketball title in 2011.
“Lindsey is an elite athlete with tremendous potential as a volleyball player,” said Murphy. “She plays the game fast and high above the net and I think she has only scratched the surface on what she is capable of in our sport.”
An El Paso native, Massey, is a defensive specialist from Montwood High School. Massey was named to the 2010 All-District 1-5A first team, leading the region with 473 kills (4.4 per set). She ranks fourth in the league in digs with 507 and is third in aces with 51. Massey was also named to the 2010 all-city second team and earned All-District 1-5A second team recognition in 2009 and 2008. Earned MVP honors in the 2011 Monahans tournament and was named the El Paso Times Player of the Week after recording a career-high 31 kills, 31 digs and added four aces against Burges. In addition, Massey was named the 2011 Seminole Tournament MVP and all-tournament player at the 2010 Americas Varsity Volleyball Tournament.
“The first thing that stands out about Amber is that she is a great competitor and one of the most dedicated team players,” said Murphy. “She has a natural ability to make plays and inspire her team to be successful.”