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Volleyball - Tue, Aug. 19, 2014

August 19, 2014

NSAA PRESS RELEASE

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) had announced its 2014 Preseason All-Conference Team Tuesday.  Three Dakota State (S.D.) seniors – libero/defensive specialist Katherine Gonzalez, outside hitter Caitlin Pick and Stacey Westby (Schuller) – are listed on the preseason team.

Eight players are listed on the NSAA Volleyball Preseason All-Conference Team, voted by the league's coaches.  Josette Glatt of Mayville State (N.D.) was the picked as the conference preseason Player-of-the-Year.

Dakota State and Mayville State each had three selections on the NSAA Volleyball Preseason All-Conference Team.  Jamestown (N.D.) had two selections.

Gonzalez was picked to the inaugural NSAA Volleyball Defensive Player-of-the-Year and Second Team All-Conference in 2013.  She recorded a total of 505 digs and averaged 4.6 digs per set, which she ranked second in NSAA conference last season.  Gonzalez added 25 service aces with a service percentage of .931.  She had a .944 reception percentage rate.

Katherine is the daughter of Henry and Gloria Gonzalez of Pico Rivera, Calif.  She is a Biology major at Dakota State University.

Pick was chosen to the NSAA Volleyball All-Conference First Team in 2013.  She accumulated a total of 303 kills and averaged 2.7 kills per set (ranked No. 5 in NSAA conference last season).  Pick recorded a hitting percentage of .240, which was fourth-best in the NSAA conference.  Last season, she recorded double-digits kills in 12 matches including a career-high 20 kills at Saint Mary (Neb.) on Oct. 19.

Caitlin is the daughter of Bruce and Rita Pick of Kimball, S.D.  She is majoring in Health Information Administration at DSU.

Westby is on track for breaking a new DSU Volleyball record this season.  She already racked up a total of 3,047 career set assists, which is the second-most career assists in DSU Volleyball school record book.  Westby is 103 assists away of tying the record for most career assists set by Jill Weisser with 3,150 assists from 2000-04. 

Stacey is the daughter of Tom and Deb Schuller of Jackson, Minn.  She is majoring in Elementary Education/Special Education at Dakota State University.

Dakota State kicks off their busy schedule in 12 matches in three weeks.  The Trojans kick off their 2014 season this weekend in the Mount Mercy (Iowa) Tournament, facing Saint Ambrose (Iowa) and Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) on Friday and Mount Mercy and Ashford (Iowa) on Saturday.  The tournament is being played in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

DSU plays their first home match of the season on Wednesday, Aug. 27 as they host Morningside (Iowa) at DSU Fieldhouse.  The junior varsity team play at 6 p.m., followed by a varsity match at 7 p.m.

Below is a complete listing of the 2014 NSAA Volleyball Preseason All-Conference team:

2014 North Star Athletic Association Preseason Volleyball Team

Position

Name

School

Year

Hometown

DS/L

Katherine Gonzalez % ^

Dakota State (S.D.)

SR

Pico Rivera, Calif.

RS

Janna Johnson $

Jamestown (N.D.)

SR

Northwood, N.D.

RS

Josette Glatt $ !

Mayville State (N.D.)

SR

Bismarck, N.D.

MH

Caitlin Pick $

Dakota State (S.D.)

SR

Kimball, S.D.

OH

Remington Werner $

Mayville State (N.D.)

JR

Hector, Minn.

OH

Alaina Brown $

Jamestown (N.D.)

JR

Bloomington, Minn.

S

Katie Wangberg $ #

Mayville State (N.D.)

SR

Pine River, Minn.

S

Stacey Westby (Schuller)

Dakota State (S.D.)

SR

Jackson, Minn.

! 2014 NSAA Volleyball Preseason Player-of-the-Year
$ 2013 NSAA Volleyball All-Conference First Team
% 2013 NSAA Volleyball All-Conference Second Team
^ 2013 NSAA Volleyball Defensive Player-of-the-Year
# 2013 NSAA Volleyball Setter-of-the-Year

 

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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