MARQUETTE, Mich. – Dominic Yoder, the head volleyball coach at Northern Michigan University, announces Fernanda Queiroz has joined the Wildcat volleyball coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach. She plans on pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science. Queiroz replaces Amy Molenaar who has accepted a graduate teaching position at NMU. She played for Yoder at Cameron University during the 2006 season. Queiroz ended her career at Cameron as one of the most prolific volleyballers in the school’s history.
“I am extremely excited and thrilled to have Fernanda join the staff,” said Yoder. “She is going to offer us a dimension in recruiting to explore international possibilities, especially Brazilian players. Fernanda also offers a desire of training players on the court. She is that kind of player, a trainer. Fernanda has trained under some of the top level coaches in Brazil. She knows my system from playing for me and will be a valuable asset on the court in terms of training the players.” Yoder feels Queiroz has a great volleyball mind. She understands the outside hitting position and her primary role with the team will be training the outside hitters.
Queiroz, a native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, concluded a successful career for the Aggies as she was named the Cameron University Female Athlete of the Year for 2007-08. Prior to the 2007 season she was named the Lone Star Conference (LSC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. During the season, Queiroz was named the LSC Player of the Week and to two all-tournament teams. After the season she was selected to the LSC All-Conference First Team and to the LSC All-Academic Team. For the Aggies, Queiroz led the team in 2007 with 476 kills (4.18 k/g), 38 service aces and recorded 3.03 digs per game.
During the 2006 season under Yoder, Queiroz led the team to the LSC North championship and LSC runner-up finish as the Aggies finished the campaign with a 25-4 record. She averaged 4.81 kills per game (491 kills), which placed her 13th in the nation. She also tallied 3.19 digs per game. Queiroz earned LSC All-Conference First Team and Daktronics Division II All-Southwest Region honors after the season.
Before her arrival at Cameron, Queiroz played volleyball at Redlands Community College for two seasons (2004-05). At Redlands she was a two-time region MVP and all-region pick. Queiroz finished the 2005 season ranked among the top 50 hitters in the nation among Division I junior colleges (3.32 kills per game). She also averaged 2.89 digs per game and led Redlands with 56 service aces.
In her native country, Queiroz played for Centro Universitavio de Belo Horizonte. She was a member of the Brazilian University National Team (2002) and was selected to the Belo Horizonte all-state team (2001).
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