Volleyball - Thu, May. 17, 2012

MADISON, S.D. - Amy Veenhof, Dakota State University's head volleyball coach, is proud to announce that two defensive specialists - Angele Waldner and Victoria Sopko - will be joining the Trojan volleyball program this coming fall. 

Waldner is a 5-foot-5 libero from Sioux Valley High School.  She accumulated 796 digs (4.9 digs per game) and 1007 receptions during her career as a Cossack.  Waldner was named to the All-Register Volleyball team.  She also received the team's defensive player award.  She was a member of the Sioux Valley volleyball team that captured district championships for two straight years, region championship once and placed seventh in the State 'A' Volleyball Tournament in 2010.

Waldner also lettered in track and competitive cheerleading.  She was a member of the Sioux Valley State 'A' Cheerleading Champions for four consecutive years.  Waldner, an honor roll student, was chosen the team's Cheerleading 'Flyer' award.  In addition, she was a member of the Spirit of Six Award that was awarded at the annual state basketball tournament.

Angele is the daughter of Moe and Lia Waldner of Volga, S.D.  She plans to major in Elementary Education and Special Education at Dakota State University.

Sopko, a 5-foot-4 defensive specialist, graduates this spring from Forest City High School.  As a starter and back row specialist for the Forest City Indians volleyball club team, the team compiled a career record of 665-51.  In addition, they won 38 tournaments in 47 appearances.  Recently they placed third in the AAU Iowa State Tournament in 2012. 

Sopko also lettered in track, basketball and cross country.  She was a participant in the Iowa High School State Track meet.

Sopko earned numerous academic honors during her high school career at Forest City.  She was named to Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union On-a-Roll Academic award, honor roll, student of the month and academic achievement for Forest City volleyball team from the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union in 2011-2012.

Victoria is the daughter of Jason and Emily Sopko of Forest City, Iowa.  She plans to study Education at DSU.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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