Cottey Comets 2019 Volleyball Team

Andrew Reita

REITA ANDREW

#6 Reita Andrew

Position: Libero/Defensive Specialist

Height: 5’ 1”

Year: Senior

Hometown: Chuuk, Micronesia

High School: McDonald County High School

Major: International Business

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Reita was Team Captain of the 2014-2015 volleyball team at McDonald County High School and a two-time volleyball letterman. She won the National Power-lifting champion title three times in high school and is an active member of DECA and FBLA club. Reita was the captain of the Volleyball team at Cottey and was selected to the NJCAA 2nd Team All Region in 2016.  She was recognized for the Cottey Outstanding Leadership Award and also placed 5th in Region 16 in digs in 2016.

Personal Information

Reita is the daughter of Matias Makis Andrew and Elizabeth Iowanes Elieisar and thanks them for the tremendous amount of support they have given her. “Huge shout out to my parents for all the support they have provided me since the beginning of my volleyball career. Thank you, Dad for all of the late nights being picked up and early morning drop offs to and from practices and games. You’re no longer here with me physically, but I know that you’re always with me spiritually. Fly high but stay looking down & watch me play our favorite sport. I love you both and always, Kinisou Chapwur (Thank you).”

Why Cottey?

“I chose Cottey College because of Volleyball. While finishing up my high school senior year, I reached out to coach Foreman to try-out for her volleyball team. When I got offered to sign my letter of intent, to play college ball here, I proceeded and picked out International Business as my intended major because I have heard that it is one of the best Bachelor programs offered here at Cottey College.”

Daizie Jones

DAIZIE JONES

#1 Daizie Jones

Position: RS/OH/DS

Height: 5’ 7”

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Puyallup, Washington

High School: Emerald Ridge High School

Major: Biology

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Daizie’s career started out successfully very quickly at Emerald Ridge High School.  She received the Rookie of the Year her freshman year and was honorable mention All-Conference her junior year.  Daizie was named Team Captain her senior year which culminated in being recognized on the 1st Team All-State Team.

Personal Information

Daizie is the daughter of Vic and Kirsten Jones. She would like to thank her high school coach for everything she has done for her. “My high school coach Jill Fox-Mullen has shaped me to be the person I am today. Throughout my 4 years she has been a role model, and a person in my corner. I know I can count on her to push me to be a better person and better player.”

Why Cottey?

“While visiting Cottey, I felt very welcomed. I was in awe of the small-town atmosphere and wanted to join. Walking across the small campus I felt at home and excited for the big opportunities available to me. I wanted to play volleyball and continue my academic career, Cottey has made that dream come true.”

Briannah Quick

BRIANNAH QUICK

#8 Briannah Quick

Position: Middle Hitter/Blocker, All round hitter

 

Height: 5’ 11”

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Wright, WY

High School: Wright Junior High School

Major: Criminology, Pre-Law

 

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Briannah has had an incredible high school career that she hopes will translate into great things for the Comets.  She is a 3 time 2A Wyoming State Volleyball Champion. In 2017, Briannah was on the women’s Varsity 2A All-Conference team and also received 4 Varsity letters in Basketball including one Powder River All-Conference Team selection. She also served as the Team Captain, earned 2nd place at the 2017 State FCCLA, and Bronze place in the National FCCLA. In 2018, Briannah won 1st place at the State FCCLA, and Gold at the National FCCLA.  Briannah has also been involved in her community through her service with Wright Animal Control and is a member of the Assembly of God Church Youth Group. Academically, Briannah was on the Miles Community College President’s Honor Roll before attending Cottey.

Personal Information

Briannah is the daughter of Kitty Quick. Briannah gives credit to her coach and her mother who have both helped her throughout her career. “During high school I had a coach/teacher who helped me through both personal, career and sport related subjects. Wenett Martin was an inspirational coach who had the ability to push me to be my best. During my senior year she was offered a coaching position at a new school, however this did not stop me from looking up to her. My mother and family are a huge part of my life and are the reasons I am where I am today. I am thankful for the coaches, family members and teacher that pushed me to be my best.”

 

Why Cottey?

The academics at Cottey are a huge reason for my choice for why I chose Cottey. I look forward to being a huge part in student life as well as being a student athlete. Being a student always comes first, that’s why I chose Cottey to be a student athlete.”

Alesia Cooley

ALESIA COOLEY

#24 Alesia Cooley

Position: Middle/right side

Height: 5’9”

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Pflugerville, Texas

High School: Pflugerville High School

Major: Psychology

 

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Alesia graduated from Pflugerville High School and has spent time volunteering at nursing homes.

Personal Information

Alesia is the daughter of Karon and Kenneth Cooley and gives her parents credit for her success. “My parents worked hard to give me the tools to be successful.”

Why Cottey?

“It’s a small school with really friendly staff and students and the campus is beautiful. I have no doubt I will receive a great education here at Cottey and I’m excited to start in the fall!”

Emily Killion

EMILY KILLION

#12 Emily Killion

Position: Middle

Height: 5’10’’

Year: Junior

Hometown: Wheaton, MO

High School: Wheaton High School

Major: Psychology

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Emily is a dual sport athlete for Cottey playing both volleyball and softball.  She was 2nd on the team in aces, kills, kill percentage, blocks, and points in 2017 and was 3rd on the team in aces in 2018.  She was recognized as an outstanding student athlete at Cottey in 2018 and was a member of the nationally recognized NJCAA Volleyball team for team grade point average.  Emily has also been a tremendous part of the Comets’ success on the softball field.  She is already 2nd on the career pitching wins list at Cottey by racking up 19 wins in only 2 years and was 2nd Team All-Region in 2017.  She also led the Comets in home runs with 6 her sophomore season during their 22-2 inaugural NAIA campaign. 

Personal Information

Emily is the daughter of Shawn and Michele.  She appreciates her parents for their contributions to her success. “My parents have always supported me and continue to support me every day. They have always been there for me with sports, academics, and life in general. I wouldn’t be where or who I am today without them.”

Why Cottey?

“I like what Cottey represents.  They focus on creating strong, independent women and I love that.  They also focus on leadership and push you outside your comfort zone to be the best you can be.  Cottey challenges you and I love taking that on every day.”

Rosa Schones

ROSA SCHONES

#3 Rosa Schones

Position: Outside Hitter/ Middle Hitter

Height: 5’ 8’’

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Miller Grove, Texas

High School: Miller Grove High School

Major: Nursing

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Rosa has been incredibly involved and well decorated in four sports and with countless other projects in high school.  Rosa was a member of the National Honor Society and was a Feature Writing UIL Regional qualifier twice.  She was a class officer and graduated from high school with an Associate’s Degree.

Rosa was honored with being named as the varsity captain for all four years. During her career she received numerous awards at Miller Grove High School.  She received the Newcomer as a freshman and Team MVP three times. Rosa was named to the All-Region and All-State teams for all four years of her high school career.

Rosa was also a dominant force on the basketball court, for the cross country team, and for the track team.  She was the Offensive Player of the Year and on the All-Region basketball team three times and was even named to the All-State team twice.  She was part of District and Regional Championship teams three times and in 2015 helped lead her team to the State Championship.  Rosa went to the State qualifier for the 4×4 and the 400m as a freshman and to the Regional qualifier in the 4×4 and 400m as a sophomore and junior for track.

Personal Information

Rosa is the daughter of Stephen and Tammie Schones and would like to thank her coaches for her success. “I am thankful that my coaches, Ana and Gary Billingsley, saw the potential in me to be able to play volleyball at the next level. They pushed me throughout my junior high and high school years to become a great volleyball player and without their dedication and motivation to work with me on my volleyball skills, I would not have been able to experience this great opportunity.”

Madison Edeler

MADISON EDELER

#9 Madison Edeler

Position: Middle

Height: 6’ 0”

Year: Senior

Hometown: Greybull, Wyoming

High School: Greybull High School

Major: Psychology

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Madison was a big contributor for the Comets’ Basketball program last year and was highly successful in the classroom being recognized on the Dean’s list each semester at Cottey.  She is a former three-time All-Conference and a two-time All-State Volleyball player at Greybull High School.

Personal Information

Madison is the daughter of Cheri and Vern Edeler. She would like to thank her sister for the support she has given her to succeed. “I would like to thank my little sister for always supporting me in every way possible. I couldn’t be here without her.”

Why Cottey?

“I chose Cottey because one of my good friends was going to Cottey and she had nothing but positive things to say about the college.”

Scheyanne Matosich

SHEYANNE MATOSICH

#7 Sheyanne Matosich

Position: Setter/DS

Height: 5’ 3”

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Manhattan, Montana

High School: Manhattan High School

Major: Health Science/Biology

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Sheyanne was on the Academic All-State team at Manhattan High School from her sophomore to senior year and was also a member of the National Honors Society. She earned 3 Varsity letters for Volleyball and was also the captain all four years. She was the Junior Leader for the 4-H Archery Club every year and also volunteered as an archery coach as well as a volleyball coach with local players.

Personal Information

Sheyanne is the daughter of Shawna and Dustin Matosich. She gives credit to them for her success. “The two people that have helped me the most throughout my life are my parents. They have supported me in all of my adventures. Academically, they have always been there to push me to be a better student. With volleyball, my parents have put so much time and money into helping me achieve my dream of playing college volleyball. They spent numerous weekends driving me to and from tournaments, and every summer, we worked together to earn the money so that I could attend every camp I could so that I could get better. I am so thankful for the sacrifices they have given to help me achieve my dream.”

Why Cottey?

“I chose Cottey because I wanted to wake up every morning and feel as at home as possible. I came from a very small high school, and I did not want to go to a big university where I was just a number to most of the people there. At Cottey, I have met so many people, but I have been able to form my own family away from home. The small campus and suite style living make it very easy to form these family type relationships because everyone here is so kind! When I first visited the campus and was walking around, people were always smiling and saying hello to me, and I knew then that I wanted to be here. It has been the best choice. I absolutely love this close-knit, family environment.”

Kelsey Thomas

KELSEY THOMAS

#10 Kelsey Thomas

Position: Setter/DS

Height: 5’ 6”

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: El Dorado Springs, Missouri

High School: El Dorado Springs R-II High School

Major: Education

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Kelsey graduated from El Dorado Springs R-II High School and received the award for Most Inspirational in the 2017-2018 school year on her volleyball team. Kelsey was the leader in aces, assists, and was a part of the Missouri State District Championship team in 2015. She also received the Co-Offensive Player Award for most points.

Personal Information

Kelsey is the daughter of Tad Thomas and Judy Cumbridge. She would like to thank several people for helping her reach the next level. “Parents, grandparents, and Melanie Steward for always pushing me to do and be my best.”

Why Cottey?

I knew I would be close to home while getting a good education and being in a positive, uplifting environment surrounded by strong women.”

 

Tatem Edeler

TATEM EDELER

#14 Tatem Edeler

Position: Hitter

Height: 5’ 9”

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Greybull, Wyoming

High School: Greybull High School

Major: Health Science

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Tatem was an integral member of the Greybull High School community and served as the Student Council Publications Officer, Vice President, and President during her time there.  She was also a member of the National Honor Society and served as both the basketball and volleyball team captain.  Tatem was All-Conference and All-State in both sports and has joined her older sister Madison to help lead the Comets.

Personal Information

Tatem is the daughter of Cheri and Vern Edeler. She would like to thank her sister for the support she has given her to succeed. “I give credit to my big sister for always keeping me headed in the right direction.”

Why Cottey?

“I chose Cottey because I enjoyed the campus and felt like I could get a good education attending Cottey.”

Lily Miller

LILY MILLER

#2 Lily Miller

Position: Outside

Height: 6’0”

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Centennial, Colorado

High School: Arapahoe High School

Major: Business

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Lily is a FBLA District title holder for Advanced Public Speaking. She has published work in the school’s literary magazine and was a slam poetry finalist. Lily was on the All-Conference Honorable Mention and played three years of Club Volleyball for the 303 Volleyball Club. Lily also played women’s Golf and managed the State Champion men’s Rugby team as well as the men’s Volleyball team.

Personal Information

Lily is the daughter of Shawn and Melissa Miller. She would like to thank her coaches for guiding her towards her success. “I would like to give credit to the amazing coaches I have had throughout the years. I would not be the player or person I am if they had not pushed me to constantly be at my best.”

Why Cottey?

I chose Cottey because I loved the environment of the school and the wonderful coaches and teammates I have. I also am a legacy student. I grew up loving Cottey and I can’t imagine myself anywhere else!”

Jocelyn Tidwell

JOCELYN TIDWELL

#18 Jocelyn Tidwell

Position: Outside/DS

Height: 5’ 7”

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

High School: Hillcrest High School

Major: Wildlife Biology

 

High School Activities and Accomplishments

Jocelyn had a highly successful first year at Cottey.  She finished in the top 10 of the freshman class during her first semester with a GPA of 4.0 and was near the top of the Comets’ leaderboard in numerous categories on the court.  Jocelyn led the team in serving percentage and in total passing attempts and was 3rd on the team in digs.

Personal Information

Jocelyn is the daughter of Bryan and Devon Tidwell and thanks them for their support. “I give credit to my parents for helping me be successful. They’ve pushed me to be the best I can be in every possible way. They have shaped me into the person that I am today and I’m so thankful for them.”

Why Cottey?

“I chose to come to Cottey to play volleyball. I also liked the small campus size and the faculty.”

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