Hardrockers welcome 7 recruits for 2015 season

 RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines women’s volleyball team is doing a number of things to prepare for the upcoming 2015 season in which the Lady Hardrockers will compete as a full member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

 The Hardrockers are in the heart of spring practice, with regular training sessions as well as scrimmages against other programs and a number of off-season workouts. SD Mines is also boosting its roster as Hardrocker volleyball head coach Tiffany McCampbell announced the signing of six recruits to join the team in the fall.

 “This time of year is such a great time for our program,” McCampbell said. “Not only are we busy with offseason workouts, bettering our current players, but we are also building our roster for next season as we prepare for RMAC competition. There is so much potential and positive energy from our players and the coaching staff. I love it.”

 The newest Hardrocker volleyball student-athletes are: Anna Breidt, Sydney Daane, Darla Drenckhahn, Elizabeth Jensen, Tyler Urban, Justine Langas and Cassandra Williams.

 Ann Breidt is a 6-foot middle hitter from Fort Collins, Colo., who played at Fossil Ridge High School and competed for the Norco Volleyball club team. As a senior she tallied 179 Kills, (2.1 kills per set), .272 attack percentage, had 63 blocks and 32 digs. She earned Second Team All-Conference and Academic All-State. 

  “I am very excited about the addition of a player such as Anna’s caliber to our program in 2015,” McCampbell said. “Anna brings a high level of athleticism and speed as well as quickness to our program as a middle hitter. Anna will make an immediate impact as a Hardrocker and I believe that her work ethic is going to make her a very good player for us in the RMAC.”  

    While attending SD Mines Breidt plans to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering 

 Sydney Daane is a 5-7 setter from Rapid City who played at Rapid City Steven. She helped the Raiders to a fifth-place finish at the 2014 Class AA State Volleyball Tournament, was a member of the  Class AA State All-Tournament Team, Second Team All-State, Academic All-State, voted MVP, earned the Character Award, Leadership Award and Most Inspirational by her team, was the 2014 Girls State Track Champions, took first place in the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay races at the 2014 State Track Meet, and secured first place during the medley at the 2013 State Track Meet.

   “Sydney is an athletic setter who is going to be a two-sport athlete for volleyball and track,” McCampbell said. “I am happy to add a player of Sydney’s caliber to our program, but also because she comes from a very good local high school program. Sydney is a player that I have been able to watch play for several years and I believe that she will only continue to grow.  I believe that Sydney’s best volleyball is ahead of her.   

    Daane will also compete for the Hardrocker track and field team. 

   “Sydney will be a great asset to the track and field program,” said Hardrocker track and field head coach Jerry Schafer. “Her versatility in the jumps and sprints will provide great quality and depth to our women’s program.”

 Daane will major in Interdisciplinary Sciences while at SD Mines.

 Darla Drenckhahn is a 5-9 Right Side Hitter from Lakeville, Minn., where she competed for the Lakeville South High School and Mizuno Northern Lights Juniors Volleyball Club.  

   She earned South Suburban Conference Academic Award in 2014, the All-Star Award in 2013 at AAU Nationals in Florida.

  “I am excited to add our fourth current Mizuno Northern Light Juniors Volleyball Club player,” McCampbell said. “I had the pleasure of working with Darla during camp this summer and it became evident immediately that her athletic ability, personality and academic interests are all a perfect fit for our program. Darla has had excellent training throughout high school and club and I am excited to see where her ability can take her at this level.”   

    Drenckhahn will major in both Math and Computer Science will at SD Mines. 

  Elizabeth Jensen is a 5-7 Setter from Aurora, Colo., who played at Bishop Machebeuf High School and competed on the Colorado Momentum Volleyball Club team. Her high school highlights include: being a four-year varsity volleyball letter winner, three-time Academic All-State honoree, All-League honorable mention, two-time All-League First Team, 2014 Metro League senior of the year, 2014 CCGS All-State Team, Four-time varsity captain, 2014 RMR Regional All-Star, third place at 2013 Colorado Crossroads, Four-time Cub Team captain and a soccer letter winner.

 “Elizabeth has a natural setting ability that we are really excited about for our 2015 recruiting class,” McCampbell said. “As a setter, she leads her club team very well and adds a versatility that will be crucial for our team heading in to the RMAC in 2015. Both of Elizabeth’s parents are SD Mines alumni and I am very happy that Elizabeth can continue the tradition in her family as a Hardrocker.   

Jensen plans to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering while attending SD Mines.

  Tyler Urban is a 5-9 Outside/Right Side Hitter from Castle Rock, Colo., who competed at Douglas County High School and played for the Colorado Volleyball Academy. During her high school career, Urban earned Second Team All-Conference, CHSAA Academic All-State First Team, Continental League All-League Second Team Right Side Hitter, earned CHSAA First Team Academic All-State in 2013, and was three-time letter winner.

  “Tyler will be a very versatile player for us in 2015. She is a Right Side Hitter by training, but I am really impressed with Tyler’s natural platform skills as well,” McCampbell said. “Tyler is a natural academic fit for our program and I am very excited to get her into our program. I could see Tyler playing several different roles throughout her career as a Hardrocker.” 

Urban plans to study Applied Mathematics during her time at SDSM&T.  

 Justine Langas is a 6-0 Middle Hitter from Centennial, Colo., who played for the Arapahoe High School Warriors. In her final year of high school volleyball, Langas helped her team to a Colorado 5A State Runner-up finish. Langas ended the 2014 season with 123 kills, 15 solo blocks, 55 assisted blocks and 17 aces.

 “I am very excited for the addition of Justine to the Hardrocker volleyball program. Justine will provide depth to our team with a high level of athleticism,” McCampbell said. “Justine brings a wealth of experience and versatility offensively as a Middle Hitter, but I also anticipate seeing her contribute as a right side during her career as well. Justine has a very quick arm swing and I am looking forward to working with her over the next four years.”  

   While attending SD Mines, Langas plans to pursue a degree in Geology. 

 Cassandra Williams is a 5-foot-7-inch setter from Florence, Ariz., who player for the Florence High School Lady Gophers and the Central Arizona Juniors Volleyball Club.

“I am very happy to announce the addition of Cassandra Williams to our 2015 roster,” McCampbell said. “Not only is she a perfect fit academically for South Dakota Mines, but also athletically she is a great fit for our program as she will add further depth to our setting position this fall.”

Williams was a three-time team captain for the Gophers; a three time AIA All-Sections First Team Division III-Section 5 selection; holds the Florence High School single-season record for assist in 2013 (1,068) and then broke it in 2014 with 1,072. She was the second ranked setter in Arizona in 2014; was named All-State Honorable Mention in 2014, earned 2015 Division All-State Team and was the Florence High School Female Athlete of the Year three times (2012-2014).

“Cassandra really impressed me with a solid foundation of athletic skills as a setter, but she also portrays an excellent work ethic and a high level of coachability,” McCampbell said. “I am very excited to see Cassandra’s contributions on the volleyball court this fall for the Hardrockers.”

While attending SD Mines, Williams plans to pursue a degree in Mining Engineering.





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