“We’re very proud and excited to announce two more additions to our 2013 class,” said Hugh Hernesman. “Ashley Elrod and Natalie Jaeger will further enhance an already exciting class that signed back in November.
“Ashley and Natalie will fill some needs for our program and be a couple players that will allow us to continue to compete at a high level in the Southland Conference and in the region in the future.”
Elrod, a native of Arlington, Texas, is a 5-11 outside hitter from Lamar High School.
In her senior season, Elrod was named the District 3-5A Hitter of the Year and earned first team all-district accolades while helping her team to the state playoffs.
In addition to her all-district honors, Elrod was also the Fort Worth Star Telegram Player of the Year, earned her team’s Most Valuable Player award and was a Texas Girl’s Coaches Association All-Star.
As a team captain, Elrod led the Vikings in aces, kills and passing. She owns the school records for most aces (91) and kills (598) in season as well as the career records for aces (218) and kills (1,419).
Elrod is also a member of the Texas Advantage Volleyball Club’s 18 Blue team.
“Ashley is what we consider to be a complete player,” said Hernesman. “She had almost 600 kills this past season in high school and plays for a very strong club at a very high level so we know that she’ll be able to kill the ball at our level. In addition to bringing an offensive element, Ashley also has the ball control skills to play all six rotations; contributing in serve receive and as a defender as well.
“Ashley lives for the sport of volleyball. It is a true passion for her and she wants to become a coach in the future. Those types of players normally find a way to excel because their motivation comes from the right place.”
Jaeger, a 5-9 setter from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, also brings some interesting elements to NSU.
“We had to go back to our Wisconsin roots to find Natalie and we believe we’ve uncovered a very nice setter,” said Hernesman. “Natalie is a late bloomer and someone that was somewhat of an unknown until this current club season. She can bring a dimension to our offense that will look a little different.”
Jaeger was a first team all-conference selection her senior year at Oconomowoc High School and earned all-state honors as well as the team MVP award as she helped lead her team to the regional finals.
Throughout her career Jaeger amassed over 2,000 assists, 500 kills and 200 aces to help contribute to her team’s success.
Jaeger is currently a member of the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club, one of the most highly revered volleyball clubs in the state of Wisconsin.
“We really like that Natalie comes from the most successful club in the state of Wisconsin and her team is among the best in the Midwest at her age level,” said Hernesman. “Her team is stocked full of NCAA Division I talent so her transition should be a little easier due to that.
“As a person, you’re not going to get much better than Natalie. She’s been a team leader that has served as a team captain for virtually every team and every age level she’s been with in the sport. On top of that, our program gets a bright student who will enroll in our Scholars’ College with a 29 ACT score.”