USD signs future athletes on national signing day

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota women’s basketball head coach Dawn Plitzuweit is pleased to announce the signing of Morgan Hansen, Maddie Krull, Natalie Mazurek and Kyah Watson to National Letters of Intent to play for the Coyotes.

Plitzuweit’s recruiting footprint continues to be heavily based in Midwest talent. There are a pair of in-state standouts in Hansen and Watson, while Krull and Mazurek hail from the neighboring states of Nebraska and Minnesota.

“We are extremely excited to officially welcome Maddie, Morgan, Kyah and Natalie into the Coyote women’s basketball family,” said Plitzuweit. “This is a class made up of young ladies that are extremely driven to be great on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. This is a passionate group and I am excited about both their energy and commitment to being outstanding student-athletes at the University of South Dakota.”

Morgan Hansen | Guard/Forward | 6-1 | Sioux Falls, S.D. | Lincoln HS

A 6-foot-1 guard from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Morgan Hansen is a two-time all-state honoree for Lincoln High School. She has twice been named to the all-Metro Conference team and earned a spot on South Dakota’s all-state tournament team. Hansen received several Lincoln High School team awards, including the Patriot Award, the Chairman of the Boards and Miss Basketball. She averaged 14.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game during her junior season, while shooting at a 43 percent clip from the field and 41 percent from downtown. She is closing in on both the 1,000-point mark and Lincoln’s career rebounds record entering her senior campaign. Hansen is also a member of the Patriots’ track and field team. A three-time academic letterwinner, Hansen plans to major in education at South Dakota.

“Morgan is one of two signees from South Dakota and is a versatile guard that has great length,” said Plitzuweit. “Morgan is a knockdown shooter that has the ability to impact the game on both ends with her length and athleticism. Morgan has continued to grow as a player and is a great fit due to the fact that she can play and guard multiple positions on the court. We are excited to have Morgan and her family join our pack!”

Maddie Krull | Guard | 5-10 | Omaha, Neb. | Millard South HS

A 5-foot-10 point guard hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Maddie Krull is a top-100 recruit in the ESPN rankings. Krull is a three-time all-state honoree, an all-Metro Conference honoree and was on the all-Metro Conference Tournament team. Krull has accumulated nearly 1,000 points entering her senior campaign and is the all-time assists and steals leader at Millard South High School. She averaged 15 points, five assists and four rebounds as a junior. Krull led her AAU team, the All-Nebraska Attack, to a fifth-place finish at the Under Armor National Tournament this past summer. In the classroom, she’s a member of the National Honor Society, was named academic all-state for basketball, received Millard South’s all-around student award twice and will graduate high school with her associate degree in hand.

“Maddie is a young lady whom we have gotten to watch play a lot over the past three plus years,” said Plitzuweit. “She is extremely competitive and is not only a tremendous player but a great leader. Maddie has a very high motor and is both fearless and relentless in how she plays, which makes her a great fit in our system. She is a great defender and an explosive offensive player who can make a lot of things happen. We are thrilled to welcome Maddie and her family to her new home in Vermillion!”

Natalie Mazurek | Center | 6-3 | Eden Prairie, Minn. | Eden Prairie HS

A 6-foot-3 center based out of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Natalie Mazurek has nearly averaged a double-double in her career at Eden Prairie High School. She’s put up 9.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the Eagles, while also chipping in 3.1 blocks and 2.1 steals per game. Mazurek is a three-time all-Lake Conference honoree and received all-state honorable mention as a junior. She also helped her Minnesota Fury AAU team capture the 2019 Minnesota AAU State Championship title. Mazurek is an honor roll student at Eden Prairie.

“Natalie is a mobile post player that has a ton of upside and great size,” said Plitzuweit. “She is versatile at 6-3 because she can handle the ball, can shoot the ball from the perimeter, and play on the interior. Natalie is a player that really developed at a quick rate from a skill and athleticism standpoint over the last two years and we cannot wait to have her join our team. We are very excited to welcome Natalie and her family into our Coyote women’s basketball program!”

Kyah Watson | Guard | 5-10 | Rapid City, S.D. | Stevens HS

A 5-foot-10 guard from Rapid City, South Dakota, Kyah Watson is a three-sport standout for Stevens High School. She garnered all-state honors on the basketball court the past two seasons, while also making the South Dakota Class AA all-tournament team in 2019. She helped the Raiders win the South Dakota state volleyball championship this fall. Watson also anchored the Raiders’ state championship 4x100-meter relay in 2017, running a then-state record of 48.38 seconds. She received the Argus Leader Courage Award in 2018. Watson plans to major in kinesiology and sport management at South Dakota.

“Kyah is the second of two signees from South Dakota and is a dynamic athlete that is not only one of the best basketball players, but one of the best multi-sport athletes in the region,” said Plitzuweit. “She has a combination of skill, size and athleticism which makes her a ‘prototype’ player that is a great fit within our system. Her combination of skills gives her the ability to impact the game on both ends of the court. We love the fact that Kyah and her family are now officially Yotes!”

The quartet will enroll at and be eligible to compete for South Dakota in the fall of 2020.

VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota head volleyball coach Leanne Williamson is pleased to announce the addition of four players set to join the team ahead of the 2020 season. Those athletes include Atley Carey, Brooklyn Schram, Mattie Johnson, Evelyn Diederich.

“We are very excited about this class,” said Williamson. “They come from different areas, but all fit into the Coyote volleyball program. They are driven and competitive in both volleyball and school, but they are also great people. They are people that others enjoy being around. This is the next group to join the Coyote volleyball team that will uphold our standards both on and off the court while continually raising the level of volleyball in our gym. They are excited to join a group that has been so accomplished, and we are excited that they are the next wave of student athletes to continue that standard.”

Information on each athlete follows:

Atley Carey | Middle Blocker | Lincoln, Neb. | Waverly HS
The 6-foot, 2-inch Carey was a four-year letterwinner who helped her Waverly high school team reach the Nebraska Class B state semifinals her senior year. She earned All-Eastern Metro Conference honors twice. Set a school record for hitting percentage in a match with a perfect 100 during a senior season that saw her accumulate 140 kills and a .421 hitting percentage. She totaled 664 kills in her career, hit .289 and had 211 total blocks.

Carey is a member of the National Honors Society and an Academic All-Conference honoree who will study nursing at USD

“Atley is a long middle blocker that will add to our immense depth in that position,” said Williamson. “She is able to run many different routes, including the slide, which will fit into our offensive system really well. Atley has a huge upside that I think we will see early on in her career.”
Evelyn Diederich| Outside Hitter | Overland Park, Kan. | Blue Valley HS
The 5-foot, 8-inch Diederich led her team to a state title as a senior this fall after finishing as runner-up in 2018. She was named to the state tourney all-tourney team following both seasons. She compiled 405 kills, 219 digs and 61 service aces during her senior season while leading the Eastern Kansas League in kills and aces.

The National Honor Society member was named to the Principals Honor Roll for three years and plans to study special education and nursing at USD.

“Evelyn is another fiery player that people will notice,” said Williamson. “She is an undersized outside that plays so much bigger than she is. She is a great jumper that has no fear when she attacks and blocks. She is someone that can definitely play multiple positions for us, so it will be fun to watch her grow and see where she fits in to this team the best.”

Mattie Johnson | Outside Hitter | Potter, Neb. | Sidney HS
The 6-foot Johnson was a six-rotation player at Sidney, leading her team to the state tournament her senior year. She earned first-team All-Western Conference honors as a senior while compiling 494 kills, 473 digs and 73 service aces. The four-year varsity contributor had career totals of 1,363 kills, 1,288 digs and 200 service aces.

The National Honor Society member is a Student Council Class Representative while and a three-year member of the Straight ‘A’ Honor Roll. She plans to study Biology at USD.

“Mattie has a live arm that allows her to score in many situations,” said Williamson. “She has been able to play the whole game throughout her high school and club careers, so her ability to understand the game will help with her transition to the college game. Mattie has a love for the game and she plays with a lot of passion. Her personality on the court is something that drew us to her right away.”

Brooklyn Schram | Setter | Papillion, Neb. | Papillion-La Vista HS
The 5-foot, 11-inch Schram was a four-year starter who helped her high school team reach the state tournament all four seasons. The school’s career assists record holder with 4,055 was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association High School All-Region selection as a senior. She contributed 1,084 assists and 241 digs to a 36-2 senior season for the Monarchs.

The National Honor Society member earned Academic All-State honors as a junior. She plans to study business at USD.

“Brooklyn is a physical setter that understands the game really well,” said Williamson. “Her volleyball IQ is something that sets her apart from other setters in her class. She is someone that will be able to come in here right away and raise the level in our gym. She is a competitor and has a knack for finding ways to win in tough situations. I am looking forward to working with her closely as she learns our offensive scheme within our program.”

All four future Coyotes will enroll and compete for South Dakota in the fall of 2020.

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota head softball coach Robert Wagner announced the addition of six players on National Signing Day. Each will join the Coyotes ahead of the 2020-21 academic year. The class includes: Makayla Muchow, a catcher and first baseman from Sioux Falls; Gabby Moser, an infielder from Central City, Nebraska; Jaden Gaja, a catcher from Carrot River, Saskatchewan, Canada; Madyson Devers, a catcher and infielder from Peoria, Arizona; and sisters Abbie and Anna Klatt of Sioux Falls. Abbie is a pitcher and Annie is a catcher.

“We want to welcome our 2020 signing class as members of the University of South Dakota,” said Wagner. “It’s a group of dynamic, intelligent individuals who are great students and enjoy working hard. They are great teammates and fierce competitors who want to be a part of something special.

“Each of these young ladies are high achievers in the classroom and on the diamond. We are proud to have the opportunity to make an impact in these new Coyotes’ lives. It is an exciting day for our program. We look forward to having our newest Coyotes on campus and in our community next fall. They will fit into our pack nicely.”

Moser is a three-sport athlete at Central City High School where she is a 1,000-point scorer in basketball and a two-time state qualifier in track and field. On the diamond, Moser is a three-time all-state honoree who stands with a career average of .590 with a Class C record 48 home runs. This past year, she hit .605 with 15 homers and with school records of 50 RBIs and 67 runs scored. Moser plans to study medicine at USD. She is an academic all-state honoree who has been on the superior honor roll since ninth grade.

Gaja maintains a 4.0 GPA at Tommy Douglas Collegiate. She has six seasons of club softball experience. Gaja won a U16 title with the Prince Albert Aces in the summer of 2018 and has played multiple seasons with the 222’s Fastpitch Elite Winter Travel Team based out of Saskatoon. She competed with the Saskatoon Co-op Selects in the summer of 2019 and hit .318 with two home runs in a week-long tournament in August. Gaja plans to study kinesiology at USD.

Muchow was the starting catcher for Washington High School her freshman and sophomore year, and has competed for the Sioux Falls Steel which has won the last six South Dakota state championships. The Steel went 43-4 this past summer and were NAF national champions. At Washington, Muchow is involved with powerlifting, SALSA and FCA.

Devers is the sister of current Coyote pitcher Alexis Devers. Madyson has been a four-year starter at Liberty High School where she is an all-state and two-time all-region performer. She also competed two years for Demarini Athletics – Householder and has spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Suncats’ 18U team. Both squads earned PGF berths. Devers, who also competes in badminton at Liberty, plans to study communication disorders at USD.

Abbie and Annie Klatt are both all-state performers at Lincoln High School. Abbie is also part of the Patriots’ cheer team while Annie competes in both basketball and volleyball. Abbie holds program pitching records for season and career strikeouts at Lincoln, and also has the lowest ERA. She and Abbie were the winning battery of Lincoln’s 10-2, five-inning win against Roosevelt in the Class A state championship game back in October.

Both Abbie and Annie plan to study nursing at USD.

South Dakota is coming off a 33-28 season in which the team advanced to the championship game of the Summit League Tournament and competed in the National Invitational Softball Championships.