Nov. 13, 2008
EL PASO, Texas -Melissa Toth and Jeane Horton have signed national letters of intent to play volleyball for the Miners announced head coach Ken Murphy.
"We have signed two players that make us better both immediately and in the future," Murphy said. "Melissa and Jeane are very physical players that are perfect examples of the type of athletes that we need to further elevate our program.
"Just as importantly, they are both very committed to our team concepts and the unique culture that we have in our program. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the future of UTEP volleyball and these players only add to that."
A 6-2 outside hitter from Phoenix, Ari., Toth is the 2008 East Sky Region Co-Player of the Year at Arcadia High School where she has led the Titans to four consecutive state tournament appearances.
"Melissa is an outstanding all-around player with the ability to be an immediate impact player in our conference," Murphy said about Toth. "She combines the size and power needed to produce kills at a high level with the ball control skills necessary to play an important role in all six rotations. Aside from her athleticism, Melissa has a strong desire to become an elite player and be a part of elevating our program to an elite level. I believe that she'll make us better immediately and I'm looking forward to seeing how she will impact our team."
Toth was named to the 2009 PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces, which ranks the top 250 high school seniors in the nation. She is currently averaging 6.1 kills per game as the Titans advanced to the state quarterfinals after defeating Flagstaff, 3-0, on Wednesday afternoon.
As a junior, Toth averaged 6.5 kills per set in 2007 earning her a top-three national ranking, All-East Sky Region First Team honors and All-East Valley Tribune First Team recognition. Toth led Arcadia to a first-place state ranking during the 2008 season and was named the MaxPreps/AVCA High School Player of the Week on Sept. 15 and the East Valley Tribune Player of the week on Sept. 25.
She played club ball with the Arizona Juniors under the direction of Bernard Ing.
Horton, a 5-11 middle blocker from Fresno, Calif., led Edison High School to the 2007 Central Metro-Athletic Conference Championship. A two-time All-CMAC selection was also named to the All-League Fresno Bee Second Team and garnered the Coaches Award in 2007.
"Jeane is one of the most athletic players I have ever recruited," Murphy added. "She is a fast, explosive player who possesses all the tools necessary to become a great player at this level. The first thing you notice about her is how high above the net she plays, but she also has outstanding agility, coordination and arm speed.
"In addition to her obvious physical talents, Jeane is an enthusiastic competitor who puts team ahead of her own accomplishments. I don't have any doubt that she will fit perfectly into our training style and develop into an important player in our program."
She recorded 300 kills as a junior while leading the Tigers in blocks. Horton concluded her career at Edison leading the team in kills and blocks.
The three-sport athlete was the Valley Conference record holder in the high jump and long jump in 2007 and a letterwinner for the Tigers' basketball team. Horton played club volleyball with the Asics Sports City from 2007-08 leading them to nationals and the Junior Olympics.
A regular on the Edison High School Honor Roll, Horton was awarded Merit List Honors as a junior and senior.