NIU Volleyball Brings in Five Impressive Recruits



Dec. 8, 2010


DeKALB, Ill. - During the recent early signing period, the Northern Illinois volleyball team brought in five remarkable recruits from the high school class of 2011.

Head coach Ray Gooden and assistant coaches Coley and Dan Pawlikowski added depth to every position with their latest class.  The staff netted outside hitter and middle blockers Emily Paschke (Winfield, Ill./West Chicago Community) and MacKenzie Roddy (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon), defensive specialists Cheyenne Dawson (Shreve, Ohio/Independence) and Haley Norris (St. Charles, Ill./Rosary), and setter Jessica Lubic (Sugar Grove, Ill./Kaneland).

“It’s exciting to have consecutive large classes of Huskie volleyball players,” said Gooden.  “This group brings in a tremendous amount of athletic ability, experience and potential that will make us deeper, stronger and more versatile.”

Listed below are complete biographies and Gooden’s comments on each of the newest Huskies:


 Cheyenne Dawson
Defensive Specialist
Shreve, Ohio/Independence

High School: Four-time varsity letterwinner at Independence High School … Named team captain and MVP as a senior, leading HIS to a Cuyahoga Valley Conference Co-Championship … Garnered CVC MVP, first team all-conference and CVC all-academic honors as a senior … In 23 matches, totaled 332 digs and 17 aces in 2010 … Recognized as a first team all-conference performer as a junior … Selected as a second team all-conference player as a sophomore, leading the Blue Devils to their second straight CVC Co-Championship … Earned honorable mention all-conference and Rookie of the Year status as a freshman.

Club: Member of the Cleveland Volleyball Company … Helped CVC finish fifth at Nationals in the National Division in 2010.

Personal: Born December 10, 1992 … Daughter of Richard and Jill Dawson… Honor roll honoree … Member of her high school’s Key Club … Volunteers at Volleyball Kiddie Camp … Admires Penn State libero Roberta Holehouse … Enjoys spending time with her friends.

Gooden’s Comments: “Cheyenne has a level of work ethic and energy that you want in a ‘bumper’.  She has very good skills, but is only at the ground floor of her potential.”

Jessica Lubic
Sugar Grove, Ill./Kaneland

High School:
Four-time varsity letterwinner at Kaneland High School … Played a large role in turning a 3-24 team during her freshman season to a 19-13 team in her senior season, serving as team captain in her final two years … Notched 505 assists, 139 digs, 125 kills, .356 hitting percentage, 42 blocks and 39 aces in 2010 … Unanimous 2010 All-Northern Illinois Big 12 East selection … Earned All-Western Sun Conference and first team all-area honors as a senior and junior … Received honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore and freshman …  Owns school record for career assists (1,608) and aces (148) … Earned all-state, all-area and all-conference recognition as a sophomore on the KHS varsity softball team … Garnered honorable mention all-conference as a freshman.

Member of the Kane County Juniors … Competed on 14, 15, and 18 Gold teams since 2007 …
Finished second at the 2009 Volleyball Festival ... Helped KCJ take first place at the Pre-Nationals Club Division in 2009 … Named Most Improved Player on the 14 Gold team in 2007.

Born November 8, 1992 … Intends to major in secondary education … Daughter of Lee and Patty Lubic … Aspires to be a high school science teacher … Perennial high honor roll honoree … Brother, Curtis, plays golf at Augustana … Was a competitive gymnast for seven years … Member of the National Honor Society … Enjoys spending time with her younger sister and working at her father’s restaurant.

Gooden’s Comments:
“Jess is an athletic setter that has a very good work ethic. She has a physical presence at the net. She also has strong hands and quick feet. We’re excited to have her here.”
 Haley Norris
Defensive Specialist
St. Charles, Ill./Rosary

High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner for Rosary High School … Led the Royals to three straight regional championships, doing so as team captain her senior season … Earned 2010 Special Mention 50 All-State honor by Champaign News Gazette and 2010 Honorable Mention All-State recognition by the Chicago Tribune … Garnered a first team all-area selection by the Aurora Beacon-News, a third team all-area nod by the Chicago Sun-Times and a Tri Cities all-area honor by the Daily Herald for her senior season … Named an All-Suburban Catholic Conference performer in 2010 … In 38 matches during her final campaign, tallied a school single season record 436 digs and served up 29 aces while leading the team in passing with a 2.32 on a 3.00 scale … Holds school record for career digs (865) … First defensive specialist from Rosary to play volleyball at a Division I institution.

Club: Member of the Kane County Juniors … Finished second at the 2009 Volleyball Festival.

Personal: Born October 2, 1992 … Daughter of Sharon Norris … Involved in high school clubs Go Green, Student Council, Life Savers, Latin Club and Student Ambassadors … Spends time helping at the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association and Northern Illinois Food Bank … Interests include her Christian youth group, music and spending time with friends … Admires Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh for their determination and success in volleyball.

Gooden’s Comments: “The great thing about Haley is that she does a really good job as a player, but does it without flash or attention to herself.  She plays solid defense.  Haley has really developed over the past two years, and we’re excited to have her as a Huskie.”

Emily Paschke
Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker
Winfield, Ill./West Chicago Community

High School: Three-time varsity letterwinner at West Chicago Community High School … Received Honorable Mention 100 All-State status by the Champaign News Gazette … Garnered All-DuPage Valley Conference and first team all-area honors in 2010 … Led WCHS conference and regional championships as a senior, hitting .392 with 208 kills, 69 blocks and 20 aces in 32 matches … Made Chicago Sun-Times’ Top 50 list for volleyball players in 2010 … Invited to play in 2010 Girl’s Volleyball All-Star Game … Named honorable mention all-conference and all-area as a junior … Earned honorable mention all-conference recognition as a sophomore.

Club: Member of the Kane County Juniors ...
Finished second at the 2009 Volleyball Festival.

Personal: Born November 5, 1992 … Intends to major in accounting … Daughter of William and Barbara Paschke … Aspires to be a CPA … Perennial honor roll member … Vice president of high school’s Key Club… Member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the math team … Enjoys horseback riding … Admires her grandfather, Jack … Volunteers at the Northern Illinois Food Bank … Involved with Volley for the Cure and Relay for Life programs.

Gooden’s Comments: “Emily has a strong presence at the net as a blocker. I’m excited about Emily’s potential.”

MacKenzie Roddy
Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker
San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon

High School: Three-year varsity letterwinner at Cajon High School … Led the Cowboys to three consecutive San Andreas League championships and a perfect 34-0 record in league play … As team captain senior year, hit .426 with 304 kills, 93 blocks and 67 aces in 27 matches ... Garnered SAL MVP, team MVP and first team all-San Bernardino County honors in 2010 … Named Team MVP, first team all-league and second team all-county as a junior … In 33 matches, hit .436 with 207 kills, 98 blocks and 34 aces in her junior year … Earned first team all-league as a sophomore … Led CHS to two consecutive SAL championships as a freshman and sophomore … Named Team MVP as a sophomore … Earned second team all-league sophomore year and third team all-league freshman year … Recognized as Team Rookie of the Year in her first season.

Club: Rancho Valley … Helped RVVC to eighth place finish in Southern California in 2009, finishing second at regionals … Key member of RVVC’s fifth place team at Volleyball Festival in 2008 … Helped RVVC finish 18th and 53rd in Southern California in 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Personal: Born May 10, 1993 … Intends to major in business … Daughter of Robert and Dawn Roddy … Sisters, Jessica and Paige, both played collegiate tennis for California Baptist and Concordia, respectively … Spent three years in the Honor Guard and as a Presidential Scholar … Member of the National Honor Society, California Scholastic Federation, Earth Club, Bowling Club and Senior International Bachelorette Club … Participated in the National Junior Tennis League for two years … Volunteers at the Disability Festival … Likes reading, cooking and arts and crafts … Admires Roger Federer for his self-motivation and determination … Played tennis her whole life and quit after her sophomore year to focus solely on volleyball, which she didn’t start playing until her sophomore year.

Gooden’s Comments: “MacKenzie is one the more versatile players that I’ve seen in awhile.  Not only can she do really good things in the middle, she has the ability to play both pins, as well as do things in the back row.  I really like what MacKenzie can do.”

The quintet will join the 11 returners from NIU’s 2010 Mid-American Conference second place team to provide a formidable group in 2011.  The one person the Huskies lose and will need to replace is four-year libero Maddie Hughes, who was a two-time All-MAC selection and 2009 MAC Defensive Player of the Year and ranks second all-time at NIU in digs (2,226).