VERMILLION, S.D.—University of South Dakota head volleyball coach Matt Houk is pleased to announce the signings of Haley Walker of Lakeville, Minn., and Audrey Reeg of Dubuque, Iowa, to national letters of intent. Both plan to enroll at USD and compete with the Coyotes in the fall of 2013.
"I want to welcome both Haley and Audrey to the ‘Yote volleyball family," said Houk. "They are great additions to our program and I could not be more proud to have them join our team."
Walker, a 5-foot-10-inch middle blocker at Lakeville North High School, played a key role in leading coach Walt Weaver's Panthers to the big-school state championship for the second time in three seasons. Weaver totaled 19 kills in three state tournament games. She led the Panthers in kill percentage and her 74 blocks ranked 14th in the state.
"Haley has a great vertical and will add a lot of quickness to our middle attack," said Houk. "We love how hard she competes on every ball and that she comes from a tradition of success at Lakeville North. She is a special athlete."
Reeg, a 5-foot-10-inch outside hitter at Dubuque Hempstead High School, earned first-team, all-state honors after leading coach Randy Dolson's Mustangs to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Reeg had a match-high 30 kills and added 18 digs in the quarterfinal match. She averaged 3.9 kills per set this season, the second-best average in Iowa Class 5A.
"Audrey is a great all-around volleyball player who possesses a high volleyball IQ," said Houk. "She is a six-rotation, left-side attacker and proved to be one of the best at that position in the state of Iowa. Audrey has a competitor's mentality. We expect her to continue our tradition of great left-side attackers at USD."
Walker and Reeg join a program that won five consecutive matches to cap the regular season. The Coyotes finished 14-14 overall and 8-8 in Summit League play.