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MARQUETTE, Mich. - Tracy Hruska, the interim headvolleyball coach at Northern Michigan University, has announced that AshleyKiel and Kristen Wheeler have both signed a National Letter of Intent to playvolleyball for the Wildcats beginning in the fall of 2003.  "Both of these players will allow us tohave more depth in our outside/right side position," Hruska said.  "These are two very versatile athletesthat can play all the way around."

Kiel (5-11) from Allenton, Wis. and Kettle MoraineLutheran High School led her team to the Wisconsin High School StateChampionship this past season.  She was athird team all-state selection and was ranked as one of the top 18 players inthe state of Wisconsin as a senior.  Forthis past season she was the Conference Player of the Year, first teamall-conference, the Most Valuable Player and was named to the ArrowheadAll-Tournament Team.  As a junior herteam was state runner-up as she was selected to the All-State TournamentTeam.  In 2001, Kiel was a second teamall-conference selection, all-state honorable mention pick and a member of the MilwaukeeJournal-Sentinel All-Area Team as an honorable mention selection. Atnationals in Utah, she was selected as an All-American.  "Ashley will be coming in and competingfor the outside position,"  Hruskasaid.  "She brings a lot ofexperience having played in a highly competitive high school and club.  She is a play maker that will help us intough situations."

Wheeler (5-10) from Omaha, Neb. and Millard North HighSchool led her team in kills (238) and digs (193) for the past season.  She was also a team captain, an all-metrohonorable mention selection and an all-state honorable mention pick for2002.  Wheeler was selected as anAll-First Team National Division of the Metro Conference.  She is a three-year varsity starter and as ajunior her team finished third at the state tournament.  "Kristen joins us also will a lot ofexperience.  Her high school and clubteam competed against current Wildcat Holly Greenamyre's team," Hruskasaid.  "Kristen will train on boththe right and left.  She is a playerthat will bring height and an aggressive attitude to our court."


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Dave Faiella
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