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Volleyball team adds strong Colorado duo

Monday, March 17, 2014
The pair are the latest recruits from Johnstown to join the Golden Eagles.
Hot on the heels of the signing of two of their teammates, Pauline Hileman and Breanne Hankins of Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colo., committed to join the Laramie County Community College volleyball program for the 2014 season.

“Both Paulina and Bre have tremendous talent and the ability to impact the game with flashy defensive plays,” head coach Austin Albers said. “We really look forward to having these two on the court.”

Hileman finished her final high school volleyball season as one of the top defensive players in Colorado. As Roosevelt High’s standout libero, she ranked 17th statewide in total digs with 480 during her senior campaign. As a junior, she recorded 555 total digs and was ranked seventh overall in the state. After two seasons as a starter, Hileman amassed 1,035 total digs and averaged 7.0 digs per set to finish her illustrious high school career. During that time, Hileman helped lead her team to a 34-18 overall record.

“Not only is she a great competitor, but she flat out digs everything. I was very impressed with her ability to play along the floor effectively in transition as well as her natural understanding of passing angles in serve receive. I look for her to be an important piece as we build the program moving forward,” said Albers.

Away from the court, Hileman maintains a 4.1 GPA and has been recognized with 1st Team Academic All-State honors. She plans to pursue a degree in education or nursing while at LCCC.

Hankins was a four-year letter-winner and three-year starter for the Rough Riders. She emerged during her junior season as one of the top outside hitters in the conference and developed into one of the top six rotation players in the state by her senior season. Hankins was selected with all-conference honors during her junior and senior seasons and capped off her final season with all-state recognition. Hankins finished her RHS career with 552 kills, 809 digs, and 43 service aces. Hankins was also among the Top 20 Colorado dig leaders in Class 4A.

“Bre is an all-around talent,” said Albers. “She has a natural feel for the game that allows her to impact the game at the net and in the backcourt. Bre also has a contagious work ethic and intense focus that we look for. She will be key in developing a championship culture around our program.”

Hankins also excels in the classroom and plans to study nursing while at LCCC.