Krissy Marlen, Kayln Schneider, Danielle Brewer, Emily Pender and Logan Schwartzwald have made a commitment to play volleyball for North Dakota State College of Science beginning in the fall of 2012, according to a recent announcement by head coach Jane Passa.
“We are excited to have these outstanding athletes join our program here at NDSCS,” said Passa. “They bring a tremendous level of experience and we’re looking forward to the fall when they can put their skills to work.”
Krissy Marlen is a 5-9 middle hitter from Frazee, Minn. The three-year letter winner at Frazee High School, under head coach Abigail Masten, was also named Heart O’Lakes All-Conference honorable mention. In her 2011 season, Marlen racked up 240 kills and 55 blocks. She was named a Conference Ace winner with 68 aces and had a .71 serving percentage.
Kayln Schneider, a 5-8 middle hitter from Linton, N.D., collected a number of accolades during her prep career. She was a three-time South Central Conference player, a three-time All-District 6 player and a three-time State Volleyball participant. Schneider was also named District 6 and Region 3 Outstanding Senior Athlete, was a two-time All-State selection and was a finalist for Tribune Sportswomen of the Year.
Danielle Brewer, a 5-5 setter from Fargo N.D., is a product of Fargo North High School where she helped the Spartans to a third place finish at the State Volleyball Tournament in her senior season. Brewer was named to the 2011 Eastern Dakota All-Conference Volleyball Team. Her team nominated her as Most Improved Player in 2010 and Most Consistent Player in 2011.
Emily Pender, a native of Glyndon, Minn., is a 5-10 outside hitter who averaged 2.3 kills per set in her senior season. Pender was named to the Heart O’ Lakes All-Conference team in 2010 and 2011, where she successfully claimed the Heart O’ Lakes Championship title both years.
Logan Schwartzwald is a 5-8 outside hitter from St. Francis, Minn. Schwartzwald earned a great deal of athletic and academic recognition during her high school years. She was a two-time North Suburban All-Conference player and academically, was a North Suburban Conference Academic All-Conference selection and in 2011, qualified as an All-State Academic member.
The Lady Wildcats finished 29-7 this past season and were Region XIII and Mon-Dak Conference champions.