Botkin, Nussman make college commitments

PEARLAND — Pearland freshman Brooke Botkin has announced that she has committed to play for the University of Southern California Lady Trojans once her high school career has come to an end. Botkin is, according to Pearland head coach John Turner, "the first 2017 freshman to commit in the state of Texas."

"This is a great fit for Brooke to give her the opportunity to reach her dreams of winning a collegiate national championship; play volleyball after her collegiate career with possibly the National Team or International Professional Volleyball," Turner said. "Mick Haley, USC Head Coach is a former USA Olympic Volleyball Team head coach which will open doors for Brooke to make those dreams a possibility.

"This is a great day for the Pearland HS volleyball program having one of their own commit to play with such a successful and prestigious program as USC."

Botkin recorded 430 kills, 52 blocks, 24 aces, and 271 digs for the Lady Oilers this past season

Brooke is being touted as one of the top freshman volleyball players in the state and the nation," coach Turner said. "She was selected as the VYPE Magazine " Newcomer of the Year" for the Greater Houston area for 2013. She was the kill leader for our team this past year and showed remarkable composure/confidence on the floor from the first day that she reported in August."

Pearland junior Cassidy Nussman also has given her non-binding verbal commitment to Northwestern University.

Nussman was named as an All-District first-team pick and became one of the most dynamic players on the team for 2013. She had 283 kills, 114 blocks, 37 aces, and 51 digs. Nussman could change the momentum in a match with her explosive kills and wall-like blocks that frustrated opponents.

"She is a master learner of the game and is being highly recruited by several Division I schools throughout the nation," Turner said. The sky is the limit for next year for Cassidy; she has already been chosen to the 2013 VYPE Magazine second-team for her outstanding play this year. Our opponents next year will be trying many different defensive schemes to stop the impact that Cassidy will have in our match when we play."

Congratulations to both players.