St. Scholastica head volleyball coach Dana Moore has announced her recruiting class for the upcoming season.
The class features seven incoming freshmen and one Division II transfer. These incoming student-athletes will look to bolster a Saints squad that captured the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Tournament championship last season. If they manage to repeat that feat this year, CSS will be headed to the NCAA Division III Tournament with the conference’s automatic qualifier.
The lone transfer in this year’s class is familiar with the city of Duluth as she spent her freshman season playing for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Sauk Rapids native, Anna Zyvoloski, comes over to St. Scholastica after starting all 32 matches for the Bulldogs last season and was second on the team with 322 kills and 219 digs. Prior to UMD, Zyvoloski, an outside hitter, was a three-time All-State selection at St. Cloud Cathedral. She was also two-time St. Cloud Times Player of the Year and a four-time all-area choice.
Former Duluth East standout, Amy Lothenbach, also intends on playing for the Saints this fall. Lothenbach, a defensive specialist, was named to the Duluth News Tribune All-Area team as she led the state in serve receptions. She also finished her career with the Greyhounds as the all-time digs leader.
Right-side hitter, Kayla Horbacz, was a Mississippi 8 All-Conference selection for Cambridge-Isanti. She was also an honorable mention All-Star Conference nominee and was named athlete of the week.
Columbia Heights native, Caitlin McKernon, was an all-conference selection and a two-time honorable mention choice at Fridley High School. McKernon, a middle blocker, also plans on playing basketball for the Saints.
Another middle blocker, Jessica Rice from Waconia, received the Silver Server Award and was named Most Improved at Waconia High School.
Katie Brownson, a middle blocker from Florence, Wis., was named to the Green Bay Press-Gazette All-Area team. Brownson was a first team all-conference selection and part of an undefeated conference championship squad. Brownson, who accumulated many honors in track & field, will also compete for Kirk Nauman and the CSS track & field team.
Tracy Perish will also split time between volleyball and track & field at St. Scholastica. Perish, an outside hitter, was a two-time all-conference selection at Browerville High School. She was also named the MVP of the Prairie Conference in 2008 and 2009.
Ramsey native, Mariah Sis, will look to be setting for the Saints this fall. Sis was an honorable mention all-conference selection at Anoka High School.
The Saints, who finished with an overall record of 19-13 and 10-4 in the UMAC in 2009, will begin their season at home for the first time since the 2004 season when they host the CSS Mini-Tournament in Reif Gymnasium. The 2010 schedule also features five matches against 2009 NCAA Tournament teams.
CSS will open their tournament on Sept. 1st with University of Wisconsin-Superior, followed by Augsburg College, and then UMAC-foe Northland College in a non-conference match.
Two days later, the Saints will take part in the two-day Ground Round Sugar Loaf Classic, hosted by Saint Mary’s University. There, CSS will open with the host, Cardinals, and also see the College of St. Catherine, Augsburg College again, and 2009 NCAA participant Luther College (Iowa).
The following weekend, St. Scholastica plays in the two-day Gustavus Classic, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus. In addition to Gustavus, the Saints will play fellow UMAC member Martin Luther College in a non-conference match, Carleton College, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
The Saints will finish up invitational play the following weekend with the two-day College of St. Benedict Holiday Inn-Vitational. The Saints will square-off with NCAA participant St. Ben’s, St. Kate’s for a second time, NCAA participant St. Olaf College, and UMAC-member University of Minnesota-Morris in a non-conference match.
Conference action begins on Sept. 24th when the Saints play at Presentation College. CSS will have its first conference home match on October 1st against Bethany Lutheran College. The next day will be Homecoming at St. Scholastica and the Saints will host Martin Luther College.
CSS will host a triangular on Wednesday, Oct. 6th with a conference match vs. Northland College and a non-conference contest against NCAA participant University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Saints will also have two matches on Oct. 16th with a conference match against Presentation and non-conference match against 2009 NCAA Final Four participant University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
The four-team UMAC Postseason Tournament will begin on Wednesday, November 3rd. The championship match will be on November 6th, with the winner receiving an automatic-bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Courtesy: CSS Athletics