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WSC Volleyball Signs Four Recruits

Posted: 13 November, 2013

WAYNE - Wayne State College head volleyball coach Scott Kneifl today announced the signings of four high school standouts to the 2014 recruiting class that have signed national letters of intent during the NCAA early signing period.  Joining the Wildcat volleyball program for the 2014-15 academic year are Bree Ackermann of Lincoln, Megan Gebhardt of Norfolk, Erin Gross from Tekamah and Mariah Halvorsen of Wayzata, Minnesota.
Bree Ackermann is a 5-4 senior libero from Lincoln Pius X High School.  This season, she has averaged 4.6 digs per set while helping the Thunderbolts to a 34-6 record this season and a berth in the Class B State Tournament.  Ackermann currently ranks third in Class B with 479 digs and is 10th in service aces with 41 and also excels in the classroom being a member of the National Honor Society.
“Bree is an extremely hard worker who is always looking for ways to make herself and her team better,” said Kneifl.  “She has played a very high level of club and high school volleyball and will train as a libero/defensive specialist at Wayne State.”
Megan Gebhardt is a 5-8 senior setter/right-side hitter from Lutheran High Northeast High School in Norfolk.  This season, Gebhardt recorded 211 kills, 54 service aces, 41 blocks and 505 set assists helping the Eagles to a 23-9 record and a berth in the Class C-2 State Tournament.  As a junior in 2012, Gebhardt earned Class C-2 All-State honors with 180 kills and 551 set assists while helping her team to a state runner up finish with a 30-6 record.  She also excels in track and field where she is a three time Class C State medalist in the 200 meter dash and was also named Academic All-State in track during her sophomore and junior years.   
“Megan is a very athletic setter that brings a lot of successful volleyball experiences with her to Wayne State,” remarked Kneifl.  “Megan has set in many big games and is a very intelligent player who is an exciting addition to our team.”
Erin Gross is a 6-1 middle hitter from Tekamah-Herman High School and is a four-year starter for the Tigers.  She helped her team to a school record 23 wins (23-8) this season and holds numerous school records including career kills (1,437), blocks (359), serves, points scored and attacks.  Gross was a First Team All-East Husker Conference selection as a sophomore and junior and earned Academic All-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star. 
“Erin is a very talented front row player with a tremendous upside,” commented Kneifl.  “Her powerful attacking is a welcome addition to our squad and she will be able to train in multiple positions here at Wayne State.”
Mariah Halvorsen is a 5-9 outside hitter from Wayzata High School in Minnesota.  She is a three year starter and letter winner who has recorded 412 kills, 194 digs, 50 service aces and a .283 attack percentage this season.  Halvorsen was an All-Lake Conference selection this season and was named to the Fab 50 by The Breakdown Magazine. 
“Mariah is a dynamic outside hitter that can terminate the ball at a very high level,” Kneifl stated.  “She is an incredible athlete who has a passion for the game and brings positive energy and leadership to every team she is on and will make an immediate impact to our program.”
Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  The Wildcats are ranked 20th in this week’s AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll with a 19-9 record and a 10-8 mark in the Northern Sun Conference.  Wayne State closes out the regular season this weekend with road games at the University of Mary Friday night at 7 p.m. and Minot State Saturday at 6 p.m.

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