Volleyball reloads, signs four players to National Letters of Intent
DeKALB, IL Losing your top attacker and your top blocker to
graduation can prove to be a rather daunting problem for any college
volleyball program. Northern Illinois University doesnt plan
on skipping a beat, however, as head coach Ray Gooden announced
the signing of four highly-touted athletes to National Letters of
Intent Tuesday (Dec. 7).
Joelle Beisel (Rossville, IN / Rossville), Jenny Dziubla
(Elgin, IL / St. Edwards), Irene Johnson (Schaumburg,
IL / Schaumburg), and Katie Walsh (St. Charles, IL / North)
have all committed to NIU and are set to take the floor as Huskies
We are looking for this group to come in and help make immediate
contributions, Gooden explained. They are all very physical
players with an athletic presence and, hopefully, they can continue
that at an even higher level here at NIU.
With a pair of repeat all-state performers (Beisel and Dziubla)
and two players boasting multiple all-area and all-conference nominations
(Johnson and Walsh) in the quartet, the group should have a chance
to make that instant impact.
** 6-1 ** Middle Hitter ** Rossville, IN (Rossville)
Ray Gooden says: Right now, Joelle does a really
solid job as a middle hitter, but she has a lot of experience in
other areas as well. Her versatility will allow her to make big
contributions to this team.
Notes / Accomplishments: Finished 10th in Indiana
High School Volleyball Coaches Association voting for Miss Volleyball
Indiana 2004 ..... four-year varsity letterwinner and 2004 co-captain
for head coach Christy Unger at Rossville High School .....
three-time IHSVCA All-State performer including back-to-back First
Team selections in 2003 and 2004 ..... also added an Honorable Mention
All-State certificate in 2002 as a sophomore ..... earned three
consecutive First Team All-Hoosier Heartland Conference honors (2002-04)
..... led Rossville to a 27-7 overall record, HHC title, and sectional
championship during her senior season while breaking just about
every school record in the book ..... ended her RHS career as the
standard bearer for single-match kills (32), single-match blocks
(16), single-season kills (583), single-season hitting percentage
(.395), single-season blocks (189), career kills (1,371), and career
blocks (450) ..... played three club seasons with Performance Point
under coaches Megan Peterson, Kim McConaha, and Chad
Marshal ..... also participated in the 2004 High Performance
Camp held in Florida.
** 5-8 ** Setter ** Elgin, IL (St. Edwards)
Ray Gooden says: Jenny is a great athlete with
tremendous setting potential. Shes only been a true setter
for a short period of time and shes grown so much in that
time. The sky is truly the limit.
Notes / Accomplishments: Three-year letterwinner for
head coaches Marvin Leavitt (2002-03) and Jamie Walton
(2004) at St. Edwards Central Catholic High School in Elgin
..... two-time Honorable Mention All-State honoree by the Chicago
Tribune (2002, 2004) ..... took home second All-State certificate
after running the offense for Green Waves 34-8 state qualifier
this fall ..... racked up 809 assists while leading St. Eds
to a fourth-place finish at the Illinois High School Association
Class A (small-school) State Tournament ..... also named Most Valuable
Player at the 2004 Effingham Tournament ..... earned three straight
First Team All-Area nods from the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily
Herald and Elgin Courier-News (2002-04) ..... garnered
initial All-Area laurels in 2003 after leading St. Edwards
to a regional title ..... burst onto the scene as a sophomore in
2002, taking home first All-State certificate and handful of All-Area
nominations after leading the Green Wave to a sectional championship
..... entering her fifth years as a member of Club Fusion .....
played one year of 18-and-under ball for current NIU head coach
** 5-9 ** Outside Hitter ** Schaumburg, IL (Schaumburg)
Ray Gooden says: Irene is just a pure athlete.
Every time we saw her here on campus in our camp, she improved tremendously.
We are looking forward to getting her in the gym, working with her,
and really trying to train her to become a dominant outside hitter.
Notes / Accomplishments: Won three varsity letters
for head coach Jeanette Pancratzmother of NIU mens
basketball freshman Zach Pancratzat Schaumburg High
School ..... helped lead the Saxons to three straight 20-win seasons
and a pair of regional titles (2002, 2004) ..... enjoyed breakout
senior season this fall, putting up career-high numbers in kills
(239), service aces (38), and total blocks (69) ..... those efforts
led to First Team All-Area nominations from the Daily Herald
and Suburban Newspapers ..... also took home her first All-Mid-Suburban
League certificate, earning a spot on the leagues First Team
..... named Most Valuable Player at the 2004 Glenbard East Autumnfest
Classic ..... awarded Best Offensive Player and Coaches awards by
her peers at the conclusion of her senior year ..... graduates from
SHS in the all-time top-five for single-season hitting percentage
(.320) ..... all-around athlete also earned three varsity letters
on the basketball court, spending two seasons as a co-captain for
head coach Bill Murmann ..... also awarded two varsity letters
in head coach Mike Reebeks track and field program
..... 2003 state qualifier in the 200-meter dash and as a member
os Schaumburgs 800-meter medley squad ..... spent the last
two years playing club ball for coaches Jen Friese and Jesse
Bossenga in the Sports Performance GLC Select program.
** 5-11 ** Middle Hitter ** St. Charles, IL (North)
Ray Gooden says: Katie is an all-around solid
player. We are looking for her to be a good, solid, consistent contributor
for us. The nice thing about Katie is that she can play in the middle
or hit pretty solid on the pin.
Notes / Accomplishments: Two-year letterwinner for
coaches Lindsay Trudell and Colleen Laurich at St.
Charles North High School ..... capped off fantastic senior season
with All-Area selections from the Daily Herald (First Team)
and Chicago Sun-Times (Third Team) ..... notched 199 kills
at a blistering .439 clip this fall while racking up 32 service
aces and 73 total blocks ..... also took home her first unanimous
First Team All-Upstate Eight Conference nod after leading the North
Stars to a 32-6 overall record and 10-0 record in the UEC that was
good enough for a league title ..... led SCEHS to a 2004 regional
title ..... awarded Honorable Mention All-Upstate Eight honors at
conclusion of her junior season (2003-04) ..... logged four years
with Sports Performance Volleyball, playing her 18-and-under ball
with head coach Robyn Lee for the SPVB Navy squad.