Volleyball Signs Three California Prepsters to Play in 2012
Denver, Colo.: Head Coach Frank Lavrisha has signed three California prepsters to play volleyball at Regis University beginning in 2012. Katie Klein, Kelsi Wildermuth and Laura Schroeder will come east to play for a Ranger team that lost three seniors from their 21-9 team.
Katie Klein is a four-year varsity performer at Rosary High School in Fullerton, Calif. where she was named First Team All-Trinity Leage and was also named Second Best Opposite in Orange County in 2010 by OCVarsity. Klein was named to the prestigous High Performance team at Junior Olympics where she plays for Surf City Volleyball Club. She helped lead SCVB to six Junior Olympics in a row, including winning the national title in 2008. The 5-10 opposite hitter averaged over 3.8 kills per set over her junior and senior seasons.
"Katie is a great scorer who will give us a consistent threat on the right side." states Lavrisha. "Her club and high school experience gives her the opportunity to compete for playing time with the Rangers from the get-go. Katie leads with her competitive spirit on the court."
Wildermuth comes to Regis with Rosary High School teammate Katie Klein. The 5-10 outside hitter was named team MVP and to two all-tournament teams as a freshman. Her junior season she earned the leadership award and was named honorable mention Trinity Leage. She is a member of the Impact Volleyball Club.
Lavrisha says, "Kelsi is a solid player who will bolster the outside hitting position for the Rangers. She is very capable at every skill and brings a valuable tandem of experience and enthusiasm to the court."
Schroeder is a 6-0 outside hitter from La Canada, Calif. where she will graduate this spring from La Canada High School. She was named 2010 Rio Hondo Conference honorable mention and helped guide LCHS to the second round of the CIF. Schroeder is a member of the San Gabriel Elite club team. She averaged 1.6 kills per set and hit at a .232 clip during her senior season.
"Laura brings a combination of size and skill to either pin position in the front row," comments Lavrisha. "Her experience and ability to attack and block rightside or leftside will allow us to play bigger at the net."
"We are excited about adding this trio of experienced, skilled players to our returning team, exclaims coach Lavrisha. "Katie, Laura, and Kelsi give us the ability to score and play at a consistently high level with their experience in the tough Southern California area. They bolster our roster in key positions and they will help to elevate our competitive level of play as we transition to the tough South Central Region."
Regis finished the 2011 season with a 21-9 record and lost to Nebraska-Kearney in the first round of the RMAC Tournament.