Volleyball - Thu, Feb. 9, 2012

MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State University head volleyball coach Amy Veenhof has inked a letter-of-intent from Allison Thielsen.  She will join the Trojan volleyball team this coming fall.

Thielsen, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, will graduate from Aberdeen Roncalli High School this spring.  She had a stellar volleyball career as a Cavalier, including a fourth-place finish at the 2011 State Class 'A' Volleyball Tournament.  She was selected to the All-Tournament team.  Aberdeen Roncalli won the district tournament three times in the last four years.

Thielsen was named the most valuable offensive player two times during her high school volleyball career.  She was selected to the All-Area team three times and was an All-Conference selection two times.  Thielsen recorded 680 kills, 562 digs, 95 service aces and a 95 service percentage during her career at Aberdeen Roncalli.

"Allison is a great player and will be a good addition to our program," said Veenhof.  "Allison was on the club team that I coached in Aberdeen a few years ago so I got to know her a little bit then.  She is very positive and has good energy out on the court.  I think she will fit in great." 

Thielsen also lettered in basketball, golf, and track at Aberdeen Roncalli High School.  She qualified for the state golf tournament three times as an individual (freshman, sophomore and junior years) and was the co-captain of the basketball team in her junior and senior seasons.  She received the Outstanding Athlete Award both her sophomore and junior seasons as well as Female Athlete of the Year Award in her freshman year.

Thielsen is a member of the National Honor Society and she was listed on the Honor Roll.

Allison is the daughter of Dan and Kristy Thielsen of Aberdeen, S.D.  She plans to major in Biology/Pre-Pharmacy at Dakota State University.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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