Weber State has landed a junior college transfer/recruit from Eastern Wyoming College in 5’7″ defensive specialist/libero Helena Khouri. A junior-to-be in the fall of 2018, Khouri will have two years left of play and is immediately eligible for the upcoming season.
A native of Rio de Janiero in Brazil, Khouri came to Eastern Wyoming College where she spent the last two seasons. In her most recent season as a back-row defender, Khouri notched the ninth most digs in the nation – 595 digs (4.69 per set) – to go with 71 assists (0.56 per set), 33 aces (0.26 per set) and 18 kills (0.14 per set). Prior to that as a freshman she played a little more outside hitter as well and in addition to her 387 digs (3.20 per set), logged 162 kills (1.34 per set) and 48 aces (0.40 per set).
For her efforts in 2017 she was named the Libero of the Year in Region IX North and was also an NJCAA Region IX North All-American nominee in addition to All-region First-Team.
“We are looking forward to having Helena in our gym,” Weber State head coach Jeremiah Larsen said in the team’s release of the signing. “We lost two very important defensive players last season with the graduation of Thamires and Jesse. Helena has the work ethic, and skill set to compete to fill their shoes.”
It’s actually the second junior college transfer addition for Weber State, who also tacked on middle blocker Samantha Filiaga out of Salt Lake Community College.
Weber State finished the 2017 season at 9-20 overall, including a 7-9 mark in Big Sky play. Khouri will look to impact the team as one of three liberos on the 2018 roster.