GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Head coach Debbie Kirch has announced that four players have committed to play their college volleyball at Green Bay beginning in 2012. Mikaela Gunderson (Casco, Wis.), Sophie Jaskulske (Maplewood, Minn.), Becca Mastay (Pulaski, Wis.) and Stefanie Siroin (Herbster, Wis.) will all join the Phoenix roster next fall after standout high school careers.
"Overall, this is a very athletic group that we are adding to our program," Kirch said. "Most of them are multi-sport athletes in high school. The class covers just about every position on the floor and is a class that can make an impact in many areas for us.
"There are also two local kids, which is great for us and for the area. This class shows that volleyball is continuing to improve in the Green Bay area."
Gunderson is a 5-foot-11 middle hitter from Luxemburg-Casco High School who also plays club volleyball for the FC Elite Volleyball Club. The two-year team captain has been a four-year starter and has twice been named the Bay Conference Player of the Year and a three-time all-conference performer. She has helped her high school to two regional championships. A member of the 1,000-kill club at Luxemburg-Casco High School, she is a third-team all-state honoree.
"Mikaela is a great athlete," said Kirch. "Despite her 5-foot-11 stature, she has proven that she can be successful in the middle because of her speed, strength and jumping ability. She also has the ability to help us on the rightside as well. It's always nice to add local talent to the roster. We always want to keep the best players from the area here at Green Bay."
A 6-foot middle hitter from Maplewood, Minn., Jaskulske attends St. Paul North High School and plays for the Kokoro Volleyball Club. Jaskulske is a four-year varsity player that has been named all-conference twice and her team MVP as both a junior and a senior. She was named Academic All-State as a senior and has been a consistent member of the Honor Roll.
"Sophie is extremely strong physically and has great blocking instincts and technique which you do not see very much at the high school level," said Kirch. "Despite playing middle most of her career, she has developed into a very good all-around volleyball player who could also help us on the right side."
A native of Pulaski, Mastey is a 5-foot-5 libero who plays at Notre Dame High School in Green Bay. Mastey also plays club volleyball with Gunderson on FC Elite Volleyball Club. She has helped her team to two conference and two regional championships and is a four-time all-conference selection. Mastey has also been a two-time honorable mention all-state nominee.
"Becca is one of the most polished volleyball players to come out of the Green Bay area," Kirch said. "Her ball control technique is incredible and she has played the libero position at a high level for the majority of her career. She has all the qualities you look for in a libero - quickness, technique and leadership. We have had a long line of excellent liberos in our program, and we are excited to have Becca who can continue that tradition."
Siroin is a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Herbster, Wis. who attends Washburn High School and plays for the Minnesota North Volleyball Club. She is a four-time all-conference player who was named all-state honorable mention in 2010 and 2011. Siroin is a two-time team captain at Washburn.
"Stefanie is a terminating outside hitter," said Kirch. "Because of her height, she'll not only help offensively, but defensively as well. The great thing about Stefanie is we originally recruited her as a three-rotation player, but she has made great strides in her passing and defense over the last year and is developing into a six-rotation outside hitter. We are excited have her join our program next fall."
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