Sariah Pelaez is the younger sister of Analaine Mailoto
SUU Strategic Communications

SUU Volleyball Announces 2013-14 Signing Class

November 30, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University women's volleyball head coach Debby Baker has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2013 season. The list includes Sariah Pelaez, Ann Clappier, Joanna Christenson and Pikake Laumauna.

Pelaez is a three-year varsity starter at Fremont High School, earning back-to-back defensive player of the year honors for the team in 2011 and 2012. Pelaez also earned region and state recognition with a pair of first-team all-region honors (2011, 2012) and a third-team all-state accolade in 2011. In 2012, the defensive specialist logged 363 digs which also would have been tops on Southern Utah's roster this season. Pelaez has played club for Club V, Club Ice and Bouncers and comes from a rich tradition of volleyball with three sisters in the Pelaez family also playing collegiate volleyball, including Thunderbird senior Analaine Mailoto.

Clappier is a three-time all-Area honoree playing for Century High School in Pocatello, Idaho, leading the Diamondbacks to the 2012 Idaho state title. On the way, Clappier earned all-state tournament team honors and was named the KIFI Player of the Year. In addition, Clappier is a nominee for the 2012 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for the state of Idaho. Clappier finished the 2012 season with 479 kills, averaging 3.83 per set, with a .422 hitting percentage while also logging 201 blocks. She has played club with Pocatello Elite, guiding the team to a silver medal in the National Division of the USA Volleyball Junior National Championship.

Laumauna and Christenson are teammates at Kamehameha High School in Hawaii, leading the Warriors to a state title during their sophomore year and a pair of runner-up finishes the past two seasons. Laumauna was recently named to the Hawaiian All-Star game as a 6-1 middle blocker.

Christenson's brother Micah is the starting setter at USC, leading the Trojans to a 24-6 record and a spot in the National Championship game last season.

"We are excited about each of these girls coming in next season," Baker said. "Each of them have excelled both athletically and academically and each could have an immediate impact. These four bring a championship mentality with them and will really help us out in achieving our goal of a Big Sky Conference Championship."