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WSC Volleyball Signs Two New Recruits

Posted: 18 April, 2013

WAYNE - Wayne State College head volleyball coach Scott Kneifl announced yesterday that Alex Opperman of Omaha (Gross High School) and Alexis Steffen from Hartington (Cedar Catholic High School) have signed letters of intent to attend Wayne State College and play volleyball for the Wildcats in the 2013-14 academic year. The two players join Alyssa Frauendorfer of Humphrey, Katie Kurtz of Papillion, Michaela Mestl of Kearney and Sydney Rose of Wakefield as members of the 2013 recruiting class.
                Alex Opperman is a 5-11 middle hitter/blocker from Gross Catholic High School in Omaha where she lettered three years and started two in volleyball while also competing in basketball and track. Opperman was named honorable mention Class B All-State as a senior while helping her team to a 30-6 record and a trip to the Class B state tournament. She also helped Gross HS make state in 2011 with a 22-11 record while being named All-River Cities Conference honorable mention. Opperman was also part of the Gross HS Class B state championship team in 2010.
                “Alex is a great addition to the Wildcats. Not only is she a very versatile player while playing middle hitter but she also has the capabilities to train in multiple positions here at WSC,” remarked Coach Kneifl. “Alex has played at a high level of high school and club volleyball and we are very excited to see what she can do at the next level.”
                Alexis Steffen is a 5-11 middle hitter/blocker from Hartington Cedar Catholic High School where she was a three sport star in volleyball, basketball and track. As a senior in volleyball she led the Trojans to the Class C-2 state title with a 31-5 record, recording 307 kills and 128 blocks which led her to be named honorary captain of the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star Class C-2 All-State Teams. Steffen also helped Hartington CC to a C-2 state runner-up finish as a sophomore and another state appearance as a junior in 2011. Steffen has been selected to play in the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star game this summer and was also named Yankton Press and Dakotan Woman Athlete of the Year. In basketball, she was a two year starter and earned All-Mid States Conference honorable mention honors and in track and field is a three year state qualifier.
“Lexi is coming off of a tremendous high school career at Hartington Cedar Catholic. She is a very strong athlete that has the capabilities of doing great things at WSC,” stated Kneifl. “Her desire to be a great volleyball player and quality teammate was a huge factor for us in the recruiting process. Lexi will train both in the middle and as an outside hitter.
                Wayne State finished 22-10 overall last season and went 14-6 in conference play while qualifying for their eighth straight NCAA Central Regional Tournament. They finished the 2012 season ranked 18th in the final AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

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