MARQUETTE, Mich. – Dominic Yoder, the head volleyball coach at Northern Michigan University, announces seven student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the NMU volleyball program. The signees will join the team in the fall (2008). The group is highlighted by two junior college transfers and a local product. Signing were Stephanie Bahrman (middle hitter). Casey Carroll (right side hitter), Rachel Green (setter), Mallory Palmer (outside hitter), Allison Williams (Libero, defensive specialist), Diara Williams (middle blocker) and Emma Wolfe (middle blocker).
“This is an outstanding recruiting class. We have filled key positions in our line-up due to the graduation of Megan Elliott and Brittany McGowan. We have also strengthened other positions on the court with key people who will compete for starting roles and playing time on the 2008 squad,” said Yoder. “With us only losing two players to graduation, we still need to improve our current players and team, and will do that through intra-squad competition for starting positions during practice, hence the large team roster for 2008. The Wildcats will be an improved and exciting team to watch in the 2008 season.”
Bahrman from Skandia, Mich. and Gwinn High School was a first team selection to the 2007 All-Mid-Peninsula Conference Team. She was an all-region selection. Bahrman has been nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman. She played club volleyball for the Articatz Volleyball Club. “A very sensational worker on and off the court, Stephanie is a very coachable player with a sponge like desire to learn the college game,” said Yoder. “A very strong middle hitter a with a get-after-it attitude on the court."
Carroll is a native of Maple Grove, Minn. and Osseo Senior High School. A two-time letterwinner in volleyball she was an all-conference honorable mention selection. “Casey is an exceptional blocking right side hitter. She has an excellent vertical jump with superb attacking court awareness,” said Yoder. “She should make an immediate impact offensively as well as defensively.”
Green played the 2007 season at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the 2006 season at Iowa Western Community College. She is a native of Portage, Mich. During the 2006 season, Green led her Iowa Western team to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championship. Green received All-Region XI honors in 2006. For the past season at Kalamazoo Valley she was named to the All-Region XII, the All-MCCAA and to the All-MCCAA Western Conference Teams. At Kalamazoo Valley she had 1,384 assists and 2,045 assists in 2006 at Iowa Western. “She is an outstanding setter and leader. Rachel has a no-quit presence on the court,” said Yoder. “Looking for her to step in right away and be a tremendous impact for the Wildcat volleyball team and program.”
Palmer from Poynette, Wis. and Waunakee Community High School was a three-time letterwinner in volleyball. She was a two-time all-state selection. Palmer was an honorable mention selection in 2007 and a second team pick in 2006. Palmer was a two-time all-area and a three-time all-conference selection. “Mallory is a very strong outside hitter with great size,” said Yoder. “She works very hard and is motivated to achieve at the outside hitters role.”
A. Williams the second junior college product of the group played the past two seasons at Kellogg Community College. The Battle Creek, Mich. native was recently selected to the NJCAA All-America Team as an honorable mention selection. A. Williams was a two-year starter at Kellogg C.C. where her team won the 2007 conference championship. For the past season she was the MCCAA Most Valuable Player and led the conference with 950 digs. Also for the 2007 season, she was named to the All-Region XII, the All-MCCAA and All-MCCAA Western Conference Teams. “Allison is a tremendous defensive talent, defensive specialist/Libero, with a tremendous heart. She feels offended when the ball hits the floor near her and will play any ball anywhere with 110 percent effort,” said Yoder. “Allison is a very motivated and hard working young lady on and off the court.”
D. Williams will join the team from Edgerton, Wis. and James Madison Memorial High School. D. Williams lettered twice in volleyball as she was a first team all-city and a second team all-conference selection. She tied her high school’s ace record and set a new record for kills in a season. “Very athletic and fast middle blocker, Diara will be able to run the slide attack quickly and effectively,” said Yoder. “She is an outstanding student and is very knowledgeable of the game of volleyball.”
Wolfe a product of Edgewood High School in Madison, Wis. lettered all four years of high school in volleyball. She was a three-time first team all-conference selection. Wolfe was a two-time first team all-city selection and an honorable mention all-state pick as a senior. “Emma is a talented very athletic and a strong middle blocker. She has exceptional jumping ability with a strong sense for the game, especially on quick attack and blocking as a middle hitter one of the toughest physical positions in volleyball,” said Yoder. “She should make an impact on the team immediately with her size and strength.”
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