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Volleyball: Guyer's Felan goes DI, commits to Islanders

As Guyer continues to duke it out for one of the top spots in District 6-6A, it is also racking up quite a solid recruiting class.

Senior setter Angel Felan announced Saturday that she has committed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Felan's decision gives Guyer four Division I commits, as she joins junior Rachel Tullos (Arkansas State) and seniors Kate Cowan (LSU) and Mallory Pittman (Texas State). 

Verbal commitments are nonbinding. The earliest Felan, Cowan and Pittman can sign an official letter of intent is during the early signing period on November 8. Tullos would sign next year.

"It's very exciting that we have all committed. Seeing [my teammates] commit pushed me even more because my goal has always been to play Division I volleyball," Felan said. "This is a big relief because the whole process has been stressful wondering where I would go.

"I love everything about [the Islanders]."

The Islanders, who compete in the Southland Conference, were Felan's lone Division I offer. She did have interest from a handful of Division II programs, including Dallas Baptist, Kentucky Christian and the University of Texas-Permian Basin.

Entering Tuesday's key district game against Plano, Felan has 503 assists. She was one of several setters on Guyer's roster last year, but has since stepped into a more prominent role with teammate Brooke Slusser. 

Guyer (29-11, 7-4 district) missed the playoffs last year but currently sits in a three-team tie for second with Plano and Allen with three regular-season games left.

"One of the first things I did was bring these girls under my wing and talk about the expectations for this season and what they wanted," Guyer coach Heather Van Noy said. "The fact they have established that so early is great, and Angel has been a big part of that.

"Angel is a seasoned player. She sees the court extremely well and she anticipates. I couldn't be happier for her and the rest of these girls."

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.