April 24, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. - The Northern Illinois volleyball team added its final piece of the 2009 recruiting class by signing middle blocker Kaitlyn Pascus to a National Letter of Intent to complete a class of five newcomers, including four six-footers with the addition of the 6'1" Pascus.
"It's nice to have someone like Kaitlyn available this late in the recruiting process," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "She brings some of the same strengths as some of the other members of our class with size and the ability to be a presence at the net. We are really excited to have her."
The Palatine, Ill. native was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Fremd High School and was team captain in her senior season when she helped the Pirates to a school record tying 33 wins with only seven losses en route to a Mid-Surburban League West co-championship in addition to regional and sectional championships. With her successful senior season in which she tallied 188 kills with a .434 attack percentage, 63 aces and 79 blocks, she was selected to the MSL All-Conference first-team, Daily Herald All-Area, and Pioneer Press All-Area teams. She also earned the Pioneer Press All-Area honor as a junior and was named MVP of the Grayslake North Invite in each of her last two years. She was a four-year member of the Sky High Volleyball Club team and is currently on the Sky High 18 Black team under coach Kevin Kwon. Additionally, she earned MSL Senior All-Academic and IHSA Scholastic awards in her final year at Fremd and intends to major in either biology or education at NIU.
The 2009 recruiting class now consists of five players that will combine with NIU's 10 returners from 2008, including five seniors, as Pascus joins 5'1" defensive specialist Sue Hayes (Evergreen Park, Ill./Mother McAuley), 6'2" outside hitter/middle blocker Mary Kurisch (LaCrosse, Wis./West Salem), 6'1" outside hitter Meghan Romo (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) and 6'0" outside hitter/middle blocker Margo Schwartz (Waconia, Minn./Waconia).
"With this class, especially with the taller ones, they all have the ability to play multiple positions," Gooden said. "It will be nice to have that added depth in our program."