Bethany College announced the signing of three transfer students from a California community college.

Bethany College announced the signing of three transfer students from a California community college.

Chelsea Bothwell, Corona, Calif., Lilly Fracisco, Hemet, Calif., and LyNae Whitehead, Hemet, Calif., have signed letters of intent to play volleyball at Bethany College for the 2013-2014 academic year after starting their careers with Mount San Jacinto College.

Bothwell was an outside hitter for Mount San Jacinto. She was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Prior to college, Bothwell attended Centennial High School in Corona, Calif.

Bothwell is the daughter of Robert Bothwell and Patti Hamilton and has a 3.5 grade point average and is undecided on her major.

Fracisco played volleyball for two years as libero. She was also on the President's Honor Roll.

Prior to college, Fracisco attended Northview High School in Covina, Calif., where she played varsity volleyball for two years as an outside hitter. She was also involved in yearbook and was on the Presidents Honor Roll.

Fracisco is the daughter of Alex and Karen Fracisco. She has a 3.7 grade point average and plans to major in biology.

Prior to college, Whitehead attended West Valley High School in Hemet, Calif., where she played volleyball all four years. She started her sophomore and junior years as a middle hitter and then moved to outside hitter starting her senior year. Whitehead received First Team All-League honors, Player of the Year and Most Improved Player honors. In addition to volleyball, she was also involved in choir, earning Most Valuable Treble Maker.

Whitehead is the daughter of Dario and Janeece Tatum and is majoring in biology.

"These three young ladies come from a program that teaches fundamentals and is very competitive,”

Bethany coach Nathalea Stephenson said. “We are excited to have all three of these young ladies become a Swede in the fall of 2013.”

Stephenson says Bothwell and Whitehead are both expected to give the Swedes power at the net.

 “Having the experience of playing college volleyball already is a big plus,” Stephenson said. “Both of these young ladies understand their roles and what is expected of them. They have great hands and their ability to see the court and where holes are is big. They can place the ball and make the defense scramble.”

Fracisco, meanwhile, brings great passing and an intensity to the court.

“She is quick and reads hitters well,” Stephenson said. “It is going to be fun watching these three young ladies join the rest of our Swedes and help us gain success."

Bethany finished the 2012 season with a 6-22 record (3-15 KCAC).