Volleyball - Thu, Jan. 26, 2012

MADISON, S.D. - Chelsey Foster and Anne Knippling both signed letter-of-intents to join the women's volleyball at Dakota State University.  They will join the team this coming fall.

Foster, a 5-foot-3 libero, will graduate this spring from Baltic High School.  She was named as Honorable Mention All-Conference in both 2010 and 2011.  Foster had 119 service aces and 879 digs during her career at Baltic.

"We are fortunate to have Chelsey join our program," said head coach Amy Veenhof.  "Chelsey is a fun player and a great teammate."

Foster also lettered in basketball soccer and track.  She was a member of the Girls' State and listed on the merit roll for four years.

Chelsey is the daughter of Mark and Stephanie Foster of Baltic, S.D.  She plans to major in Elementary Education and Special Education at DSU.

Knippling, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, comes from Kimball High School.  She was a two-time All-Conference selection.  Knippling was selected as the team's best offensive player.  During her tenure at Kimball, she accumulated 681 kills (317 kills in 2011, which ranks sixth in the state Class 'B' for total kills) and 378 digs.  Knippling was fourth in the state in kills per game in 2011 and she recorded a match-high of 33 kills against Sanborn Central/Woonsocket on Oct. 13.

"Anne will add competition to the outside hitter position," stated Veenhof.  "She works really hard in school and in volleyball.  I am looking forward to watch her grow and develop as a Trojan!"

Knippling also participates in basketball, golf and track.  She was listed on the honor roll and earned Academic All-State honors.

Anne is the daughter of Dan and Cindy Knippling of Kimball, S.D.  She plans to study Business Education at Dakota State University.

"We are excited to welcome Chelsey and Anne to DSU," added Veenhof.  "I believe they will both be a great fit here."

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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