Chadron State College Head Volleyball Coach Riann Mullis announced on Thursday the signing of four high school volleyball players to National Letters of Intent for 2018.
“We’re excited about all of the players we’re bringing in for the upcoming season,” said Mullis, “including the three who made the same commitment in November. These are some great players who have high level playing experience and we like both their size and ability.”
The four signees, who include three hitters and a setter, all stand 5-11 or taller.
Six-foot outside hitter/right side Amelia Berg, of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, racked up 168 career blocks, leading her team with 75 in 2016. She also hit .237 that season with 155 kills. In 2017 she added 91 kills to help the Lobos to a share of their league title in 2017 and a state tournament appearance. Berg plays for NORCO club team in Colorado.
Another Coloradan, Aracely Hernandez, was named First Team All-State in Class 3A last fall after totaling a whopping 285 kills and recording a .314 hitting percentage. She led Greeley’s University High to three straight state semifinal appearances with 691 career kills, 958 digs, and an all-time hitting clip of .237. Hernandez competes for Rocky Select North in club volleyball.
Kaydrin Quest comes to CSC from Raymore, Missouri, where the 5-11 right side hitter led her team to improve from a 2016 district record of 2-9, to district runner-up at 7-5 in 2017. That season she totaled 90 kills and hit .227. Her club team, Team KC, recently won the HOA Premier series tourney in Lawrence, Kansas, with an undefeated record of 4-0-3.
The 5-11 setter, Kincaid Strain, hails from prime volleyball real estate in Elk River, Minnesota, where she was named All-Conference in 2017 after her Elk River High team finished league runner-up. She averaged 8.7 assists per set as a senior to finish with 825 assists, the second-highest total in the Northwest Suburban Conference. Strain added 289 digs as well. She trains with Minnesota Select club.
The three players who came on board in the fall are 5-11 outside hitter Olivia Bonstead of Bennett, Colorado; 5-11 middle Alli Keisel of Fleming, Colorado; and 5-8 defensive specialist Machaela Puck, of Bennington, Nebraska.
Chadron State opens the season August 24 with a challenging pre-conference schedule. The Eagles will play tournaments at MIAA members Lindenwood University and Pitt State, Mullis’s alma mater, to begin the 2018 campaign.