Nov. 25, 2013
Volleyball signs three players for 2014MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State head volleyball coach Amy Woerth has announced the signings of three incoming student-athletes for the 2014-15 academic year. The signing class includes Alexis Williams (Blue Springs, Mo.), Bristol Lewis (Stilwell, Kan.) and Sarah Dannettell (Windsor, Colo.). All three players will be freshmen starting in the fall, 2014.
“All three of these players have the potential to do great things within this program,” said Woerth. “We are looking forward to developing their talents even further.”
Williams is a 5-10 middle who played at Blue Springs High School for coach Katie Grusing. A two-time letter winner, Williams was a Missouri all-star and earned second-team all conference honors. This season, she has recorded over 200 kills, 93 blocks and 30 service aces for the Wildcats. She played club volleyball for the Asics Mavs and coach Debbie Lepley.
“Alexis brings quickness and athleticism to our front row,” explained Woerth. “I like that she has played high level club volleyball and she will add a lot of value to our team both offensively and defensively.”
Lewis played for head coach Nancy Dorsey at St. James Academy, one of the premier high school programs in the Midwest. This year, the Thunder successfully defended the 2013 Kansas 5A state title, finishing a perfect 27-0. Lewis, also an accomplished track and field athlete, won the state title in the 4x400 and took second in the 4x100 as a junior. She has qualified for the state track and field championships three times.
“Bristol played for one of the best high schools in the nation (St.James Academy) and being a state champion not only in volleyball but also track showed us that she’s a winner,” Woerth said. “Her athleticism and winning experiences will be a great addition to our team.”
Dannettell was an all-conference setter for head coach Paul Schimek at Fossil Ridge High School. She earned all-state academic honors as a junior and was a two-time team captain. Dannettell also served as team captain on her club team, Norco 18 Black, where she played for Jarred Ruideger. During her time at Fossil Ridge, she has lettered in volleyball four times, track and field three times and has served two years on the student council executive board.
“When looking for a setter, I wanted to find a player who is a great leader, a hard worker, a competitor and someone who has high character,” said Woerth. “I feel like Sarah embodies all those characteristics very well and she truly understands the responsibilities the setter position requires. I’m excited to see her development and leadership influences on this program.”
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