AWARDS & HONORS
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Ulrich signs National Letter of Intent - University of North Dakota
December 16, 2010By Lindsay Ashburn of East Ridge Volleyball
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - University of North Dakota head volleyball coach Ashley Hardee announced the addition of a pair of regional standouts to his program on Thursday. Grand Forks native Emily Asche and Woodbury, Minn., native Felicia Ulrich both signed National Letters of Intent last month to play for the Fighting Sioux.
Asche and Ulrich join a program that has won back-to-back Great West Conference regular season and tournament titles and will carry a program record 15-match winning streak into the 2011 season.
"Emily is a fantastic athlete with loads of potential," Hardee said. "She has also been well-coached at perennial North Dakota power Red River High. Emily has mainly played in the middle, but a move to the outside is likely where she will fit in for us. I am very excited to see what she can do at this level.
Asche prepped at Red River High School where she was a two time all-state selection as a junior and a senior. Asche also earned a trio of All-Eastern Dakota Conference honors as a middle blocker and outside hitter for the Roughriders. She also earned four letters in basketball and three in track and field.
"Felicia is a very skilled volleyball player that can play multiple positions for us, either outside hitter or on the right," Hardee added. "She led her team to the state tournament this year and plays for one of the best clubs in the country. That high level of training and competitive environment will serve her well once she gets to campus.
Ulrich collected 502 kills as a senior en route to earning Minnesota Class AAA all-state honors for East Ridge High School. She was a two time Suburban East All-Conference honoree and finished her career with 1,053 kills.
Ulrich also earned Minnesota State High School League all-tournament honors as a senior after helping lead the Raptors to a fifth-place finish. She finished the tournament with 70 kills and posted double-doubles in all three matches. "Both Felicia and Emily will provide us with some much needed depth at the outside hitter position and they will compete for the job vacated by Erin Joki's graduation."
The Fighting Sioux will spend one more season in the Great West Conference before joining the Big Sky in time for the 2012 collegiate volleyball season. Hardee and the Sioux have posted a 47-11 record over the past two seasons.
- Go Sioux -