MARQUETTE, Mich. – Dominic Yoder, the head volleyball coach at Northern Michigan University, announces that the following high school seniors have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend NMU and play volleyball for the Wildcats. Signing on the dotted line were Brittany Covert, Chelsea Greene, Kalli Herron, Kaitlyn Salo and Kristin Wetzel.
The ‘Cats need to find replacements for leftside hitters Mandie Meyer and Katt Garvick. Meyer led the 2009 ‘Cats with 401 kills while Garvick added 238, which was third on the team. Team blocking is another area of concern for Yoder as he thinks that area was filled in the recruiting class. NMU had 186.5 total blocks for the 2009 season which ranked the team 10th in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Yoder must replace Cassie Osiecki, Meyer and Rachel Green from the 2009 squad as all have graduated after leading the ‘Cats on the defensive front for the past couple of seasons.
Covert (6-2, MH) hails from Chino Hills, Calif. and prepped at Ayala High School. She received the Most Improved Award after her freshman season and lettered twice in volleyball. Covert also played club volleyball for the Club West Volleyball Club. “Brittany Covert has the potential to be an outstanding middle hitter for the Wildcats. Covert has tremendous very good athleticism and work ethic, always seeking out many opportunities to become better as a player both skill and physically,” said Yoder. “Covert will have an immediate impact on the Wildcat volleyball team’s blocking scheme an area that is needed to improve upon for the 2010 season. We are looking forward to Coverts arrival.”
Greene (5-4, DS/libero) is from Galesburg, Mich. and played her high school volleyball at Galesburg-Augusta High School where she was named the MVP of her team for the 2009 season. She lettered three times in volleyball and was a two-time all-conference selection. Greene was recently named as an honorable mention all-area selection for the 2009 season. She also participated in basketball and track and field in high school. Greene played club volleyball for the Greater Amateur Volleyball Association (GAVA) team. “Chelsea Greene is a fiery defensive player that we are looking to make an impact on our team her first season. She is a very athletic player that has very good ball control skills and possesses a strong jump serve,” said Yoder. “Greene has been a leader on her high school team as the 2009 MVP; we are expecting Greene to bring her leadership qualities to the Wildcat volleyball team’s floor defense for the 2010 season.”
Herron (5-11, LS/MH) joins the NMU volleyball team from Peru, Ill. and LaSalle-Peru Township High School where she lettered three times in volleyball. For the 2009 season, she was named the News Tribune Player of the Year and was a unanimous first team all-conference selection. During the 2009 post-season she averaged 13.3 kills per match. Herron was also a unanimous first team all-conference selection after her junior campaign. She also participated in basketball and softball during her high school career. Herron played club volleyball for the Illinois Valley Volley Power (IVVP) and Illini Elite Volleyball Clubs. “Kali Herron is a dynamic multi-positional player that the Wildcats are expecting to arrive in August and make an immediate impact for the 2010 season. During high school, Herron played a dominate middle attacker role for her team, her speed and quickness was difficult to contain,” said Yoder. “For club season, Herron will make the jump to an outside hitter’s role. We are excited to see Kali receive experiences as an outside hitter this spring versus some of the toughest Midwest competition. We believe that Herron’s experiences in the middle and leftside attacker’s positions will make her a valuable player for the 2010 team.”
Salo (5-7, DS/libero) a native of Plymouth, Mich. and Plymouth High School lettered all four years in volleyball. She was a two-time MVP of her team. After her senior season she was selected to the all-conference and all-region teams. Salo played club volleyball for the Michigan Elite and M-Juniors Volleyball Clubs. “Katie Salo is and will be a multi-dimensional player for us defensively and offensively. She has had many opportunities in her career to play libero as well as in a setting role. Salo has a very strong work ethic, always seeking out camps and clinics to improve her volleyball abilities,” said Yoder. “She has attended the Wildcat volleyball camp the last two seasons, were she has impressed us tremendously with her versatility and desire to improve. We look for Salo to make an immediate competitive impact on the 2010 team.”
Wetzel (5-4, DS/libero) is from Milwaukee, Wis. and went to Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School where she lettered four times in volleyball. She was a three-time selection to the Wisconsin Flyway Conference all-conference team receiving first team honors for her senior season. For the 2009 season she was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the conference. Wetzel was a two-time second team pick to the all-area team. Her high school team won the Wisconsin state title in 2007. Wetzel played club volleyball for the Milwaukee Sting. “Kristin Wetzel is a very aggressive, confident and quick defensive specialist/libero. She always seems to be around the volleyball either, passing serve, covering her attackers and especially digging the opponents attack,” said Yoder. “Her defensive range is fun to watch, always getting some part of her body on an attacked volleyball. We are expecting Wetzel to make an immediate impact on the Wildcat volleyball team and to ensure depth within the 2010 floor defenders.”