Eastern Washington is bolstering its roster with the addition of two incoming transfers for the 2017 season. Kahle Elliott will have three years left of eligibility while Ashelyn Jones will have two years left of play for the
Kahle Elliott was born in Pullman, Washington but grew up in Austin, Texas with her father Jerritt Elliott the head coach of the University of Texas. The 6’2″ outside hitter was an All-State performer in 2012, 2013 and 2015 before heading back to her birth-state in Washington by attending Seattle University. As a freshman in 2016, she appeared in 33 sets and earned two starts. The sophomore-to-be averaged 1.00 kills and 0.64 digs per set, as she had a season-best of eight kills and six blocks in a match against Idaho.
“Flashes like a diamond, burns like coal,” Eastern Washington head coach Michael King said in the team’s release of the transfer. “Will be a force to reckon with as she continues to improve.”
The second addition via transfer is Ashelyn Jones, a 6’1″ outside hitter who can also play right side. A junior-to-be, Jones spent two seasons at College of Southern Idaho in the junior college ranks. She was a part of an NJCAA National Championship team in her first year in 2015 as in total for the two years, Jones’ record was 62-9. She averaged 2.48 kills, 0.68 blocks and 0.54 digs per set in her two-year stint as she also hit at a .240 attack rate. Prior to her time in Idaho, Jones grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Puts up more blocks than Legos,” King added in the Eastern Washington release. “Versatile attacker at every position. Will be a key component to the offense. Plays with a mean streak a mile wide and has a heart of gold.”
Eastern Washington finished 2016 at .500 after going 13-13 overall and 8-8 in the Big Sky Conference. Last year they also went .500 at 14-14, as now they’ve hit that mark for two years in a row after not getting to that plateau since 2009. They’ll look for 2017 to be even better in an attempt to finish better than .500 as Elliott and Jones look to assist in the cause.