Hardrockers welcome 4 recruits for 2014 season

 RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines women’s volleyball program is looking to boost its roster with the addition of several top recruits for the 2014 season.  SD Mines head volleyball coach Tiffany McCampbell is pleased to announce the four newest Hardrockers: Skylar Larson, Emily Newton, Kelsey Glatt and Kayla Henrichs.  

“I think we have a very talented recruiting class for the 2014 season. We have addressed some immediate needs with this group that will be an asset to our overall program this fall,” McCampbell said. “We have eight letter winners returning from the 2013 campaign including our lone senior setter Carsyn Garcia. We have a lot of depth. Our biggest goal for 2014 is to set a firm foundation for Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competition. We join the RMAC in 2015.”

 Skylar Larson

Skylar Larson --- 5-foot-9-inches --- Libero/Defensive Specialist --- Rapid City, S.D.

Larson was a standout player at Rapid City Stevens. As a senior she helped her team to a 21-13 overall record and an appearance in the South Dakota Class AA State Volleyball Tournament. Larson was voted MVP by her team, named to the 2013 Academic All-State Team, named to the 2013 Class AA All-State Second Team, earned the National Girls and Women in Sports Day Outstanding Female Athlete Award, named to the 2013 Twin Cities Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Team and earned Athlete-of-the-Week honors from the Rapid City Journal, Black Hills Fox and KOTA Territory TV media outlets.

“I am excited to add a local player of Skylar’s caliber to our program, but I am also excited because Skylar’s father is an alum of SD Mines as well,” McCampbell said. “We plan to transition Skylar from an outside hitter to a defensive specialist / Libero and I think that she is going to make our ball control even better. Skylar is a competitor and I look forward to seeing her grow over the next four years as a Hardrocker.

While attending SD Mines, Larson plans to pursue a Chemical Engineering major.     


Emily Newton --- 5-foot-11-inches Middle Hitter --- Loveland, Colo.

Newton helped her Thompson Valley High School team finish with a 14-11 overall record. She tallied 256 kills during her senior year and had a hitting percentage of .361. Newton is a two-time All-Area Volleyball selection, earned All-Conference honors in 2012 and 2013, named to the Academic All-State First Team three years in a row, awarded team MVP and was the team captain as a senior.   

 “Emily will be an immediate impact player into this program,” McCampbell said. “She will bring versatility, yet quickness to our team as a middle hitter. Emily’s work ethic has placed her in a position where she will bring an added level of offense to our program as well as a consistent level of blocking. Emily is a very intelligent player and I look forward to seeing her grow as a player in the RMAC throughout her career.”      

Newton plans to study Civil Engineering while attending SD Mines.     

 Kelsey Glatt

Kelsey Glatt --- 5-foot-9-inches --- Rightside/Outside --- Bismarck, N.D.

Glatt is a junior college transfer from Bismarck State College in North Dakota. Last season she helped the BSC Mystics to a 34-8 overall record, win the NJCAA Region XIII title and made an appearance at the NJCAA District G Championships. Glatt finished 2013 with 398 kills, a hitting percentage of .271, 35 aces, 257 digs and 68 total blocks. She earned Mon/Dak All-Conference honors in 2012 and 2013, named to the Region XIII Team, earned Mon/Dak All-Academic Team honors and was an All-American NJCAA Honorable Mention selection.

“I am very excited to add a player of Kelsey’s caliber to our program this fall.  She is going to add a lot of versatility offensively to our team as a right side/outside hitter,” McCampbell said.  “Kelsey has an excellent work ethic and I am excited to see her grow over the next two years.”   

Glatt want to major in Chemical Engineering while attending SD Mines. 

  Kayla Henrics

Kayla Henrichs --- 5-foot-10-inches --- Rightside Hitter ---- Liberty, Mo.

Henrichs has been a three-year varsity letter-winner, a captain and starter for Liberty High School Blue Jays. She helped lead Liberty to two consecutive Class 4 District titles in 2012 and 2013 and the Blue Jays first ever Suburban Big 6 conference title in 2013. Henrichs also helped leader the 2013 team to a 30-4-2 finish and received Class 4 All-District honors as a junior and senior, Suburban Big 6 All-Conference honors as a senior and Academic All-State honors all four years of high school.

“I am really excited about the addition of Kayla to our program for the 2014 season. She is going to have an immediate impact regarding the depth of our program as a rightside hitter. “She is a very athletic blocker and a consistent, yet versatile attacker,” McCampbell said. “Kayla is a very competitive player who has played at a very high level, coming off an exceptional 30-4 season at Liberty High School,” McCampbell said.  “I look forward to the athleticism and intelligence that Kayla will bring to our program this fall.”

Henrichs plans to major in Chemistry while attending SD Mines.


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