NIU Inks Four to 2014 Recruiting Class



Dec. 2, 2013

DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University head volleyball coach Ray Gooden signed four players Monday to National Letters of Intent, as Anna Brereton (Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie HS), Chandler Kinley (Lexington, Ky./Lafayette HS), Taylor Krage (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North HS) and Shelby Seurer (Delano, Minn/Delano HS) will join the team in 2014.
The Huskies filled each of the four positions with this most recent group of signees, which collectively feature numerous all-area and all-state honors along with several state finals appearances.
"The starting base of this group is very solid," Gooden said. "The ceiling for these guys is unlimited. We have players with outstanding levels of experience and success. We're excited about the talent of this group and their potential. They all come in with strong resumes."
Each of the four players hail from different states. While the Huskies inked one from within Illinois' borders (Krage), they also grabbed one player each from Wisconsin (Brereton), Minnesota (Seurer) and Kentucky (Kinley).
Class of 2014 Signees
Name                     Position                 Hometown (High School)
Anna Brereton         Def. Specialist          Sun Prairie, Wis. (Sun Prairie)
Chandler Kinley        Setter                      Lexington, Ky. (Lafayette)
Taylor Krage           Outside Hitter          St. Charles, Ill. (St. Charles North)
Shelby Seurer          Middle Blocker         Delano, Minn. (Delano)
Sun Prairie, Wis.
Sun Prairie HS
Defensive Specialist
High School: Finished her career at Sun Prairie High School with over 1,500 digs in a little over three seasons, becoming the first person in school history to eclipse 1,000 in a career... Notched 274 service aces in three seasons... Named the Big Eight Conference's Player of the Year as a senior... Named third team all-state in 2013, finishing as one of only four liberos in the state to garner all-state honors... Led the team with 489 digs as a senior, in addition to scoring 88 aces... Helped the Cardinals advance to the state semifinals in 2013 and the state quarterfinals in 2012... Guided SPHS to the conference championship in 2013, the school's first league crown since 2007... Part of a team that went a combined 79-17 in her junior and senior seasons... Named to the first team all-conference squad as a junior after helping Sun Prairie finish third in the conference and reach the conference tournament title match... Posted 106 aces and 527 digs in 2012... Totaled 550 digs and 80 aces in her first full varsity season as a sophomore... Garnered second team all-conference honors as a sophomore... Compiled 4.5 digs/set in 2011.
Personal: Born Nov. 4, 1995... Daughter of Russell and Laurie Brereton... Plans on majoring in pre-physical therapy.
Gooden's Take: "Anna brings a level of consistency to the position that is far above her age. She already seems to have a good grasp of the intangibles. We've had a history of quality bumpers here and she fits into that group well."

Lexington, Ky.
Lafayette HS
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Lafayette High School... Three-time first team all-conference honoree... Earned second team all-state honors following her senior season... Tabbed first team all-district in 2013 with the Generals... Earned all-state honorable mention recognition by the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association as a junior... Named an AAU 15U All-American in 2011... Started on LHS' varsity squad since eighth grade.
Personal: Born Oct. 1, 1996, in Lexington, Ky... Daughter of Robert and Kelly Kinley... Plans on majoring in education... Admires University of Oregon and USA Junior National Team setter Lauren Plum.

Gooden's Take: "Chandler is a competitor. She has improved in the setting position tremendously over the past season. We feel like she is just scratching the surface of what she is capable of doing. We also have been impressed with her ability to lead which is an advanced attribute to have as a setter."

St. Charles, Ill.
St. Charles North HS
Outside Hitter
High School: Three-time varsity letterwinner and two-time all-conference honoree at St. Charles North High School... Named the captain of the Daily Herald's all-area team following her senior season... Led the North Stars to a co-conference championship and a regional title in 2013 before bowing out of the state tournament in the sectional finals... Helped St. Charles North to regional titles as a sophomore and junior... Member of Club Fusion's 2011-12 and 2012-13 AAU national championship teams, in addition to a third-place finish at the national tournament in 2010-11.
Personal: Born Dec. 29, 1995... Daughter of Tom and Val Krage... Intends to major in education.

Gooden's Take: "Taylor has all the potential to be a high-end pin hitter. She's come from very successful programs and has had an integral part in their success. She has a physical presence and a solid skill set. We're looking for her to be another one of our six-rotation outside hitters."

Delano, Minn.
Delano HS
Middle Blocker
High School: Four-time varsity letterwinner and two-time offensive team MVP at Delano High School... Three-time first team all-conference and two-time all-state and all-area honoree... Holds the DHS record for career kills with 1,251... Compiled a .320 attack percentage, 269 blocks and 113 aces in her career... Garnered first team all-state and Minneapolis Star-Tribune all-metro honors in 2013... Named to's "Senior Ace" list, which recognizes the top 250 seniors in the nation... Helped guide the Tigers to a conference and sectional championship before falling in the Class 3A state championship match... Recorded 463 kills and a .322 attack percentage as a senior, along with 311 digs, 45 aces and 68 blocks... Set career-highs with a .361 hitting average and 87 blocks as a junior... Collected first team all-state and second team all-area honors in 2012... Aided Delano to a sectional championship and a seventh-place finish at the Class 2A state tournament in 2011... Member of the Mizuno Northern Lights Volleyball Club that took fifth place at the AAU Nationals and seventh at the USA Volleyball Junior Open Nationals in 2012-13... Helped club win the 2010-11 USA Volleyball Junior Open Nationals and place sixth at the 2011-12 national tournament.

Personal: Born June 19, 1996, in Milbank, S.D... Daughter of Jason and Valerie Seurer... Father was a four-year starting quarterback at the University of South Dakota... Undecided on a major... Admires University of Minnesota middle blocker Tori Dixon.

Gooden's Take: "To describe Shelby in a word is versatile. We've seen her play not only in the middle, but on the pins. She has a very strong front court presence where she is very physical and has a very fast arm. She has the potential to play anywhere in the front row and we're excited to see what she will do for us as a Huskie."