PUEBLO, Colo. (December 2, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball announced that it signed six student-athletes for the 2017-18 season during the NLI early signing period. Lauren Closs, Grace Miles, Kiara Olson, Mallorie Post, Brooke Schilling, and Kennedy Shriver make up Head Coach Jill Muhe's first full recruiting class.
Closs joins the Pack after a successful career at Highlands Ranch High School. As a co-captain for the Falcons, Closs received Second Team All-Continental Conference as a senior. In her three varsity seasons, Closs hit .314 with 272 kills. She also stuffed 242 attacks. Closs won a bronze medal at the National Qualifier Tournament while competing for the Front Range Volleyball Club.
Miles, an outside hitter from Parker, Colo., helped Chapparal High School to a 19-8 record in 2016. She was named Honorable Mention All-Continental Conference as a senior. She comes from athletic family. Her father played football at Colorado State University and her mother played volleyball at Boise State University.
Olson earned First Team All-Colorado Springs Metro League as a senior after earning Second Team honors as a junior. She totaled 361 kills as a senior, averaging 4.1 kills per set. Olson hit .241 in her final campaign at Doherty High School. She also led the Spartans with 36 service aces. Olson averaged a double-double per match in 2016 with 12.6 digs per match. A four year varsity letter winner, Olson also received Academic All-State First Team as both a junior and a senior.
Post comes to the Pack from Federal Way, Wash. The middle blocker earned Honorable Mention All-North Puget Sound League. Post recorded a 3.8 GPA at Todd Beamer High School. She led the Titans to the 4A District Tournament as a junior.
Schilling hails from Platteville, Colo. She was named First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference as junior. Schilling followed it up with All-State and All-Conference honors as a senior. In her career at Valley High School, Schilling has collected 1,015 kills, 124 blocks, 104 service aces, and 857 digs. She had a .365 GPA in high school.
Shriver led Pueblo West High School to a 22-6 record and a perfect 10-0 league mark in 2016. With Shriver's help, the Cyclones became the first squad to win the South Central League without losing a single set. Thanks in part to Shriver's efforts the Cyclones reached the 2016 Colorado 3A State semifinals. She knocked down 108 kills, averaging 1.4 kills/set. Shriver posted a 3.89 GPA at Pueblo West.
"We are very excited to welcome all of our 2017 recruits to the Pack Volleyball Family," Muhe said. "This 2017 recruiting class brings a strong high level volleyball background to our program and a drive to take their volleyball abilities to the next level. We are looking forward to working with everyone in this 2017 class next year and in the years to come."
With six incoming freshman, the Pack will look to build on the recent success the program has enjoyed. The ThunderWolves have qualified for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament in each of the last three seasons, the longest post season streak in school history.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics