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Northwestern State looks to future with three verbal commits
by LaMar Gafford
May 31, 2014 | 291 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hays High School junior Kathryn Wristen is one of three verbal commits that hope to join the NSU Lady Demons volleyball program in 2015. Wristen averaged 10.3 assists per set and scored 245 points last season for the Lady Rebels.
Hays High School junior Kathryn Wristen is one of three verbal commits that hope to join the NSU Lady Demons volleyball program in 2015. Wristen averaged 10.3 assists per set and scored 245 points last season for the Lady Rebels.
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The Northwestern State Lady Demons continue to reach new heights with back-to-back 20-win seasons and a runner-up finish in the 2013 Southland Conference volleyball tournament. Photo by Brittany Russ/Northwestern State.
The Northwestern State Lady Demons continue to reach new heights with back-to-back 20-win seasons and a runner-up finish in the 2013 Southland Conference volleyball tournament. Photo by Brittany Russ/Northwestern State.
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While the Northwestern State women’s volleyball team looks to add to its stretch of back-to-back 20-win seasons, the recruiting trail has treated the program kind over the offseason.

The Lady Demons have received verbal commitments from high school juniors Kathryn Wristen, Reagan Rogers and Madeline Drake.

Wristen, a junior setter from Hays High School in Buda, Texas, averaged 10.3 assists per set while scoring 245 points---second most on the team.

Over the previous two seasons, Wristen tallied 2163 assists and averaged 9.4 assists per set.

She helped lead the Lady Rebels to a 29-16 record and the 2013 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 4A Region IV area round, where they lost to region champion Dripping Springs.

“Kathryn Wristen is an athlete every coach would love to train, she consistently works to exceed expectations of herself and her teammates,” Hays High School assistant coach Allison Castillo said. “Kathryn is a great competitive leader whose presence impacts every play on the court. Kathryn's volleyball IQ improves every high school and club season, she will be a strong dynamic setter for us next year and will undoubtedly continue to be successful into her collegiate career.”

Wristen also plays for the Austin Junior Volleyball Club and plays basketball for Hays girls’ basketball team as a power forward.

Rogers, a fellow Texan like Wristen, is an outside hitter for the Blanco Lady Panthers who averaged 7.0 kills per game.

Rogers has improved on her kill totals each season and currently has 1246 in her prep career.

Rogers also plays for the Austin Performance Volleyball club team.

Drake is from Broken Bow, Okla. and is a middle blocker for the Regent Prep Lady Rams.

She led the Lady Rams with 432 kills and 49 blocks and finished second on the team with 284 digs while making the All-State Team.

Regent has won the Class 3A Oklahoma Christian School Athletic Association (OCSAA) volleyball tournament twice in Drake’s career and each time she made the All-OCSAA Tournament Team.

Rogers plays club volleyball for Club ONE in Tulsa, Okla.

The Lady Demons are coached by co-head coaches Hugh and Stephanie Hernesman and are coming off a runner-up finish in the Southland Conference volleyball tournament last season.
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