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West Lib Volleyball Lands All-State Recruit

WEST LIBERTY — Michigan all-stater Katelynn Fritz is the latest high school standout to sign on with West Liberty University’s rising women’s volleyball program.

A highly productive 5-foot-9 outside hitter and defensive specialist from Conklin, Mich., Fritz made it official earlier this month during a brief signing ceremony at Coopersville High School, a perennial volleyball powerhouse in the Wolverine State.

“Katelynn is a very versatile player with a quiet intensity who shows her discipline and determination through her play,” West Liberty head coach Kayla Mull said. ”

She’s a great depth addition to our back row and also possesses the ability to be a very smart attacker.”

Fritz put up big numbers during her senior season at Coopersville, helping lead a loaded Broncos’ team to a No. 3 ranking in the final Michigan Division II coaches’ poll of the season. Coopersville finished with a sparkling 45-9 record, falling to eventual state champion Grand Rapids Christian in a heartbreaking five-set thriller in the regional final.

The newest Hilltopper was a second-team All-Michigan Division II selection — one of three all-staters on the Bronco roster — after stuffing the stat sheets with 392 kills, 352 digs and 40 aces to go along with a team-best 94 percent passing percentage. A four-year starter, Fritz left Coopersville ranked No. 2 all-time with 1,115 kills and No. 3 in school history with 1,179 career digs.

She joins a WLU program that has averaged more than 21 wins a season over the past four years while advancing to three of the last four Mountain East Conference “Final Fours.”

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