|12 Michelle Kuester
As of Dec. 2, 2009
2009 (Sophomore): Appeared in 29 sets, 11 matches ... had 20 kills and 11 errors on the season in 50 attempts, good for a .180 hitting average ... best match was vs. Bowling Green State University when she connected on 5 kills in 12 attempts with only 1 error ... 3 block solos and 19 block assists which was a .76 bps mark.
Iowa Western CC: Played her freshman year on the 52-4 squad which finished 4th in the nation at the NJCA national tournament alongside teammate "Cebo" ... currently ranks in the top-10 in blocks in a single season, with 217 ... hit for a .404 mark indicating a better than 4 kills per 10 attempts effectiveness ... she earned the Presidential Scholar award.
Norfolk Catholic HS: Was a three-year starter in volleyball for coaches Gail Borgmann and Suzanne Uhlir and earned Class C1 All-State Second- Team honors in Nebraska during her senior campaign ... held the record for most service aces in a season when she graduated ... helped lead the squad to its first undefeated season in 2007 ... was on the honor roll all four years and is listed in the American Who's Who Association among high school students.
Personal: Born Nov. 7, 1989, in Marshall, Minn. to parents Dan and Carla ... father works for Affiliated Foods ... has a pair of older brothers, Ryan and Jim, an older sister, Shera, and two older sisters-in-law, Kate and Andrea ... a gifted singer, she tried out for American Idol when the popular television show was in Omaha, Neb.