Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hibbing, Minn. native and former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) outside hitter Kate Lange has signed a one-year contract with Terville Florange Olympique Club (TFCO) in the top league in France, she confirmed to NNCNOW.com on Tuesday.
Lange, who left UMD as the school's all-time kills leader, becomes the first-ever former Bulldog to turn pro in volleyball, something she said has been on her mind since closing out her senior season last fall.
"It's awesome just having that opportunity to go live abroad and get paid to play the game I love so much," Lange said. "I've said it time and time again, this is the game I love and this is my life."
The 2013 American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) and Daktronics Division II national player of the year, Lange called it both exciting and nerve racking that her professional opportunity comes in a foreign country such as France.
"Going somewhere where I don't really speak the language, don't really know anything about - it's going to be interesting, and it's going to be an adjustment period, but I think once I get there and get into a routine, it'll work out for me."
Lange left UMD this past fall with 2,078 career kills and this past season led all NCAA Division II hitters averaging 5.41 kills and 6.14 points per set. She was also third among UMD players averaging 2.93 digs per set.