Last year, Boise State head volleyball coach Shawn Garus tried something he hadn't done before in his Boise State career--sign a player from outside the United States.
Garus and his staff brought in Phoebe Bell, a 6-foot outside hitter from Craigslea State High School in Brisbane, Australia. Bell is just the fifth foreign player in program history after four Canadian players, who all came from British Columbia.
Despite her age, Bell has tremendous experience playing international volleyball. Phoebe played for the Australian National Team at the 2012 Youth Indoor Asian Games then again at the Senior Indoor Games. Sand volleyball will be starting soon, and Bell also represented her country at the U-19 world championships in 2013 and 2014 and also played for the Australian National Volleyball Team at the U-21 world championships.
Although she is a freshman in the deep and talented Bronco lineup, Bell has seen valuable playing time at the net and already, she is one of the team's best servers. In the three-set win last Saturday at San Jose State, Bell delivered four service aces. "She's got a lefty knuckleball serve that moves a lot, which gives the opponents a lot of trouble," Garus said.
Bell is also seventh on the Bronco team with 50 kills, while her 12 aces rank fifth.
Bell and Boise State entertain San Diego State Thursday night at 7 before meeting Nevada Saturday afternoon at 2. Both matches are in Bronco Gym, just south of Taco Bell Arena in Boise.
Craigslea State HS
- Bell is the fifth international player in program history joining four Canadians who all came from British Columbia.
- She is the first foreign national to play under coach Garus at Boise State.