NMSU Volleyball Announces 2017 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head volleyball coach Mike Jordan announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Aggies in 2017.

The signing class joins a solid core of returners from last year’s young squad that went 24-7 overall and 13-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.

Natalie Mikels
5-10 | Setter
Jenks, Okla. | Jenks HS

High School: Guided Jenks High School to four-straight Frontier Valley Conference Championships…brought home a 6A state championship for JHS as a senior after taking them to a runner-up finish the year before…earned first-team all-state honors her senior year…was a three-year All-Frontier Valley Conference player…was named team captain 3-of-4 years…a three-time AVCA Phenom and three-time USA Volleyball HP A2 Team member…named to the UA & Prep Volleyball All-American watch list as a senior…finished her career with 2,141 assists, 651 digs, 290 aces, 170 kills with a .481 hitting clip…earned all-academic honors every year at JHS as well as earning the superintendent honor roll.

Personal: Daughter of Brian and Karen Mikels…has a twin brother Steven...intends to major in environmental engineering.

Quotable: “Natalie is a very good athlete and a taller setter that will fit will in either the 6-2 or 5-1. She locates well, can make tough sets and has shown she likes to lead her teams.”

Julianna Salanoa
6-0 | Middle/Outside Hitter
Olympia, Wash. | Timberline HS

High School: A four-year letter winner a Timberline High School…guided the Blazers to and undefeated run to the league championship her freshman year, going 11-0…also guided basketball team to a 10-2 mark in league play and a second-place finish…earned all-league honorable mention as a freshman…blossomed as junior, leading THS to a 9-3 record in league play while earning all-league and all-area first-team honors with 225 kills, 148 digs, 52 blocks and 34 aces…was named the 2016 fall female athlete of the year after posting 265 kills, 282 digs, 76 blocks and 23 aces...Salanoa also garnered offensive MVP honors as well as all-area player of the year distinction on top of first-team all-league honors and all-area first-team honors…was also AVCA/MaxPreps Player of the Week as a senior…was a 2010 National Junior Olympic Qualifier in the discus and shotput...was a distinguished scholar from 2014-17 and a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Daughter of Francis and Patrece Salanoa…has an two sisters and two brothers…intends to major in nursing or medical field…uncle Noah Parks played football and was a decathlete at BYU…uncle Ankelo Nikolao played on the defensive line at Eastern Washington, uncle Ryan Parks played basketball at Saint Martin’s and uncle Dolph Steven Luatua is a professional rugby player for the All Blacks.

Quotable: “Julianna combines great jumping ability with a great arm. She’s an exceptionally physical player. We feel like she’ll compete for time immediately.”

Savannah Davison
5-10 | Outside Hitter
Toronto, Ontario, Canada | St. Mary’s HS

High School: Was a three-year letter winner at St. Mary’s High School in Toronto, Canada…was a two-sport athlete for the Monarchs…guided St. Mary’s to a 40-12 record during her time on the team while serving as the team captain the past two seasons…claimed the 17U national championship as a junior with the Durham Attack 17U squad and named to the provincial all-star team in 2015…while playing on the Team Canada youth team…led her club team, Aurora Storm Vortex, to the 17U provincial championship as a senior…also served as the assistant coach for the boys varsity team as a senior…is a four-year honor roll member…won the Automechanic Excellence Award in 2014.

Personal: Daughter of Bill Davison and Barbara Byrne…has a younger sister, Eryn...intends to major in biochemistry.

Quotable: “Savannah is explosive. She can really fly and attack with a lot of heat. She has tremendous range defensively as well.”

Brielle Sterns
5-11 | Middle Hitter
Tucson, Ariz. | Sahuaro HS

High School: Was a four-year letter winner at Sahuaro High School…guided SHS to an 89-35 overall record during her four years there…helped the Cougars win three-consecutive league titles, including a 35-3 mark her senior year…was also a varsity hurdler on the track & field team where she broke the 38-year old 100m hurdle record as a freshman.

Personal: Daughter of Darian and Roberta Sterns…has two older brothers, Bryce and Cole…brother Bryce played football at Valparaiso (2011-14) while brother Cole plays football at Northern Arizona…cousin Jordan was a First-Team All-Big 12 football player at Oklahoma State (2013-16)…uncle James played basketball at Baylor while uncle Reggie played football at McMurray.

Quotable: “Brielle is lightning fast and a versatile quick hitter and blocker.”