PUEBLO, Colo. (November 28, 2017) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball Head Coach Jill Muhe announced the signing of four student-athletes during the 2017 National Letter of Intent early signing period. Berkley Hays, Madelaine Haynie, Grace Hern, and Samantha Novak will compete in Pack red and blue during the 2018 season.
"Overall, I am very excited about the current 2018 recruiting class," said Muhe. "Every single one of these young ladies will be a strong addition to our PACK Volleyball family and I look forward to their development over their careers here."
Madelaine Haynie – Pos: MB/OH, From: West Richland, Wash. Previous School: Richland High School
Success has followed Haynie for her entire career. As a three-year varsity starter, Haynie helped the Bombers win three consecutive Mid-Columbia Conference Championships. She was named Second Team All-Mid Conference Championship as a senior. Haynie hit .328 with 40 blocks in her senior season with the Bombers. She also served as the team captain.
Coach Muhe's take: "Madeline has great length and is a very physical hitter with a fast arm. Her athleticism and length give her great potential to excel quickly at collegiate level and we are excited to get her competing in our gym."
Berkley Hays – Pos: MB, From: Dallas, Texas, Previous School: Highland Park High School
Hays hit an impressive .754 for the Scotties. The 6-1 middle blocker averaged a two blocks per set. Hays earned an Honorable Mention All-District recognition as both a junior and a senior.
Coach Muhe's take: "Berkeley brings with her excellence volleyball fundamentals both as a blocker and an offensive threat. Because of these fundamentals and her work ethic we are excited about her potential to excel at the next level. We look forward to working with her over the next 4 years."
Grace Hern – Pos: S, From: Omaha, Neb. Previous School: Marian High School
Hern handed out 119 assists in two seasons as a starter for the Crusaders. She also added 132 digs as a senior. Hern was a threat at the service line with 22 aces in her final season at Marian High School. In the classroom Hern achieved a 4.1 GPA.
Coach Muhe's take: "Grace has an exceptional touch and quality decision making when setting and is a very strong defender in the back row. Having won a state HS championship it also means that she is used to winning and she will up the competition in our gym on a daily basis."
Samantha Novak – Pos: L, From: Highlands Ranch, Colo.. Previous School: Mountain Vista High School
Novak was named Denver Post 5A First Team All-State as a senior. In each of her final two seasons with the Eagles, Novak earned First Team All-Continental Conference. An academic standout, Novak was recognized twice First Team Academic All-State with a 3.8 GPA.
Coach Muhe's take: "Sam has a very strong defensive volleyball IQ and knowledge of the game Her athleticism, skill and knowledge at the libero position makes her fun to watch and will allow her to transition to the collegiate level. We are looking forward to seeing her develop over the next 4 years."
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.