ASU volleyball newcomers Jones, Weaver named All-Americans

JONESBORO, Ark. ( – Two Arkansas State volleyball newcomers, Drew Jones and Brentlee Weaver, were recently named to the 2013 High School All-American lists.

Jones, a native of Fort Smith, Ark., was one of 150 All-Americans and the only player selected to the list from Arkansas.  In addition to this honor, she was named the 2013 Gatorade Arkansas Volleyball Player of the Year and the All-Arkansas Prep Volleyball Player of the Year.  During her senior season, she led Southside High School to a 34-3 record and earned the Class 7A state tournament MVP as she helped lead the Confederettes to the Class 7A state title.  She registered 388 kills on a .431 hitting percentage, 151 blocks, and 23 service aces from her middle blocker position.

"This is a tremendous honor for Drew and she's a great addition to our team," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said.  "We're excited about the skills she brings from an offensive and defensive standpoint."

Weaver, a Jonesboro, Ark., native, was a 2013 High School All-American special mention selection.  Prepping at Valley View High School, she was part of four state championship teams and was a three-time all-state and all-conference selection.  She was named the 2013 Wendy's Arkansas Player of the Year and earned the 4A state tournament MVP award.

"We're very excited about adding Brentlee to our team," Rehr added.  "She comes from a very successful program and definitely deserved this honor.  It's not often you can add a player that is a four-time state champion." describes the All-American selection process as follows:

"To be a High School All-American, you must have made a massive impact on your high school team. `Massive' is subjective, but at a minimum requires that you be the best player on your team and one of the top 3-5 players in your state regardless of class, except for volleyball hotbeds like California, Texas, Indiana and Illinois,..., where you must be among the 10 best high school players regardless of class."

Jones and Weaver were part of six additions to Arkansas State during the early signing period.  The Red Wolves return eight lettermen from a team that advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the second straight season.