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Wildcat volleyball announces three recruits during NCAA early signing period

Wildcat volleyball announces three recruits during NCAA early signing period

Wayne State College head volleyball coach Scott Kneifl today announced the signings of three high school student athletes during the NCAA early signing period that will join the Wildcat program for the 2020-21 season. They are Sophie Hendrix of Papillion, Isabelle Vacek from Ankeny, Iowa and Alaina Wolff of Jackson, Minnesota.

Sophie Hendrix is a 5-9 outside hitter/defensive specialist from Papillion LaVista South High School where she was a four-year starter and letter winner in volleyball. This season, she recorded 358 kills, 512 digs and 33 service aces helping Papillion LaVista South capture the Class A state title. Hendrix earned Class A All-State honorable mention honors as a freshman and junior and was named to the Class A All-State Tournament Team this season.

“Sophie is coming off a tremendous high school season,” remarked Coach Kneifl. “She is a baller that can play outside hitter or contribute to our back row depth.”

Isabelle Vacek is a 5-11 middle/rightside hitter from Ankeny High School in Iowa, starting four seasons in volleyball while also lettering three years in basketball. This season, she leads her team in kills per set (2.15) while also averaging 0.65 blocks per set helping Ankeny High School to a 37-5 record and the Iowa Class 5A state tournament semi-finals. As a junior, Vacek recorded 348 kills and earned First Team All-Central Iowa Metropolitan League honors for a second straight season.

“Isabelle is a dynamic player at the net that will train in multiple positions at WSC,” said Kneifl. “Her versatility and heavy arm will be a huge addition to our gym.”

Alaina Wolff is a 5-6 libero from Jackson County Central High School in Minnesota where she is a four-year starter in volleyball and five-year starter in basketball. This season, she accounted for 307 kills, 49 service aces and 248 digs to earn First Team All-Big South Conference West Division, All-Globe Area and Class AA All-State honorable mention honors for a third straight season. Wolff finished her high school volleyball career with 1,051 kills, 1,059 digs and 184 service aces. She also excels in basketball, entering her senior season with 1,575 career points that includes a school record 44 points in one game. Wolff is a two-time First Team All-Big South Conference selection in basketball and has received Academic All-State honors.

“Alaina has played a very high level of club volleyball and is a solid defender with amazing ability to receive serve,” commented Coach Kneifl. “She competes hard on every point and will definitely make our program better.”

Wayne State College is 23-5 overall and tied for fourth in the NSIC with a 13-5 league mark. The Wildcats, ranked 13th in this week’s AVCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, will close out the regular season at home this weekend hosting MSU Moorhead Friday at 6 p.m. and #7 Northern State Saturday at 4 p.m.

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