SNU inks six in 2021 signing class

BETHANY – Sothern Nazarene University volleyball head coach Kevin Ingram announced the signing of six newcomers in his 2021 class Saturday. These six athletes will be set to join the Southern Nazarene volleyball team in the fall of 2021. The Crimson Storm are set to begin their postponed 2020 season this Spring in late January.

All six members of the 2021 signing class are incoming freshman, and just one comes from SNU’s home state of Oklahoma in Maddy Booth (Mustang). Four newcomers come from the Lone Star state in Tatum Smith (Deer Park), Kaley Brubaker (Fort Worth), Tessa Henry (Waxahachie), and Tynaa Mojica (Pampa), while the sixth signee comes all the way from Utah in Emily Castleman (Park City).

Tatum Smith, 5-4, DS/Libero, Deer Park, Texas (Deer Park HS)

Smith arrives at SNU after prepping three varsity seasons under head coach Courtni Cox for Deer Park High School. As a junior, Smith was named the Newcomer of the Year as well as First Team All-District. She helped the Deer to a district championship, and currently is in the playoffs in her senior season. She is the younger sister of SNU Volleyball’s all-time leader in assists, Kylie Smith, who graduated last December.

Kaley Brubaker, 5-10, Setter, Fort Worth, Texas (Saginaw HS)

A two-sport athlete for Saginaw, Brubaker comes to SNU after prepping three varsity seasons for head coach Emilee Crawford. A three-year captain for the Rough Riders, Brubaker received All-State honorable mention accolades in her junior season as well as being named First Team All-District. She’s helped lead her team to a 16-5 record to start her senior year on top of being named the DFW Player of the Week and being the leader in the DFW area in aces. The Rough Riders are currently in the second round of the playoffs. Before the season started, Brubaker was named to the 2020 Under Armour All-American Watch List. Last year, she was also named to the All-District Academic Team and led the DFW area in assists as well. She also lettered a year of golf for the Rough Riders.

Emily Castleman, 5-9, OH/DS, Park City, Utah (Park City HS)

The signee making the furthest trip from home, Castleman journeys to Bethany after playing four varsity seasons, three in Dallas, and one in Park City, Utah for head coach Matt Carlson. In Dallas, she helped lead her team to the Class 6A state semi-finals as a sophomore and junior after being named Second Team All-District as a freshman. In her senior season for the Miners in Park City, Castleman anchored her squad to the Class 5A state semi-finals and a 19-7 record.

Maddy Booth, 5-11, OH, Mustang, Okla. (Mustang HS)

Booth arrives at SNU after prepping four varsity seasons under head coach Steven Hajak at Mustang High School. She leaves the Broncos after a decorated four-year career, tallying 528 kills, 100 blocks, and 86 service aces. In her most recent campaign as a senior, she was named to the Oklahoma All-State team after racking up 255 kills, 53 blocks, and 36 aces. In her final year, Booth propelled the Broncos to a 32-7 record on the year and leading the team all the way to the Class 6A State Championship game where Mustang just fell short. She was named the COAC Player of the Year and was named to three All-Tournament teams in her final season. As a junior, she was named COAC honorable mention and helped the Broncos to a 29-5 record.

Tessa Henry, 6-1, OH/MB, Waxahachie, Texas (Ovilla Christian School)

Another all-around athlete, Henry comes to Bethany after sporting four years of volleyball, three seasons of basketball, and two on the track for Ovilla Christian School. Henry dominated on both the volleyball and basketball courts, as she was named to the All-State team in three straight years for both sports. In her junior season for volleyball, Henry helped lead the Eagles to a 31-7 record and a state championship, while being named the District Offensive Player of the Year. Just last week, Henry capped off her senior season by leading the Eagles to a third straight state championship as Ovilla Christian finished with a 24-5 record. For her four years, Henry helped the Eagles to a combined 120-22 record. Henry is also a two-time Academic All-State selection as well.

Tynaa Mojica, 6-0, OH, Pampa, Texas (Pampa High School)

The sixth and final signee comes to SNU after prepping four varsity seasons for Kelby Doughty and Kaylee Samulowitz at Pampa High School. Mojica dominated for the Harvesters as she racked up 741 career kills, and 155 career blocks. She is a three-time First Team All-District selection as she helped lead Pampa to three consecutive Bi-District championships. In her junior and senior seasons, she anchored the Harvesters to an Area championship as well.