BLOG: Ottinger Commits to College of Idaho

2013-04-06T17:08:00Z BLOG: Ottinger Commits to College of IdahoBy David Bashore -- Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS - College of Southern Idaho outside hitter Emily Ottinger has committed to the College of Idaho, CSI volleyball coach Heidi Cartisser confirmed.

Ottinger played in all 34 matches for CSI in 2012 as part of the outside hitter rotation in the Golden Eagles' 6-2 offense. She had 195 kills (fourth-most on the team), 89 digs and 35 blocks (5 solo).

The College of Idaho went 24-8 last season and advanced from pool play at the NAIA national tournament on the strength of three former CSI players - Jessica Peacock, Torrey Hulsey and Elisa Brochado, all seniors on that squad. The Yotes are coached by Jerome native Liz Mendiola.

Ottinger's commitment leaves two sophomores from the 2012 national championship team - libero Heather Meeuwsen and middle blocker/right-sided hitter Brooke Jensen - left to commit to a four-year school.

Right-sided hitters Keani Passi (Hawaii) and Liene Mellupe (Florida Atlantic), outside hitter Tineke Bierma (Idaho), middle blockers Eseta Maka (Middle Tennessee) and Kristen Brandsma (Cal State Fullerton) and setters Ashia Joseph (Cal State East Bay) and Marie Fujii (Hawaii Pacific) previously made commitments. Middle blocker Kaylee Holmstead will serve a church mission.

Mellupe, Bierma, Maka, Joseph and Fujii can sign a National Letter of Intent when the signing period opens April 17. Passi and Brandsma were invited walk-ons with the idea of earning a future scholarship.

The NAIA has no such signing windows, so Ottinger is eligible to sign a letter of intent at any point.

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