Women's volleyball nets two recruits

Badgers' add size and talent with class of 2005 signees

The University of Wisconsin volleyball team has signed two athletes to National Letters of Intent, coach Pete Waite announced Thursday. Katherine Dykstra from Wilmette, Ill., and Morgan Salow from Manchester, Iowa, will join the Badgers in the fall of 2005.

"Our goal for this recruiting class was to bring in even more size and athletic ability," Waite said. "Our current freshman class is our tallest, and now our incoming 2005 class will be even taller. This is going to help us compete at the highest levels nationally and these two will definitely put up a formidable block together.

"I think these two are a perfect fit for our program because of their positive personalities and their eagerness to improve. They are really team players who will really fit in well with our returning squad. Best of all, they are both excited about becoming Badgers and competing in the Big Ten."

Dykstra, a 6-3 outside hitter/middle blocker, was a member of the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior National A2 team. She is ranked No. 68 in PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces.

Dykstra will be competing for the Illinois Class AA state title this weekend with the New Trier High School volleyball team. The Trevians advanced to the state quarterfinals last season. She also played club volleyball with Adversity Volleyball Club, which won the 2004 AISICS Chicago National Championship, and will play with Club Fusion in 2005.

Dykstra is also a standout in basketball and track. She was the starting center on the New Trier girl's basketball team that finished second in the 2004 state tournament. She also won the state title in the discus throw as a sophomore. Her brother Peter is currently a member of the UW men's track team where he will be a redshirt freshman competing in the decathlon this season.

A talented musician, Dykstra plays the bassoon in the symphony and chamber orchestras. She is the daughter of Larry and Janet Dykstra and is undecided on a college major. She chose Wisconsin over Michigan State, Indiana and Dayton.

"Katherine is an outstanding athlete who we are very excited about having in our program," Waite said. "At 6-3 and with a 10-7 approach vertical jump, she has the potential to be a dominant college volleyball player. She has the physical attributes to be considered one of the top 10 blue chip recruits in the country, but she was virtually unknown to us until last February. We are all looking forward to working with Katherine because of her positive personality and her elite athletic ability."

Salow, a 6-4 middle blocker, is an all-state selection at West Delaware High School. The Hawks are playing in the Iowa state 3A tournament this weekend. She is a three-time first-team all-conference and two-time all-district selection in volleyball. As a junior, Salow broke her school's season records for kills and aces as well as being third in the state in hitting percentage at .513.

Salow plays for the Courtmasters Volleyball Club, which qualified for the 2004 U.S. Junior Nationals by winning the 2004 Mid-East Qualifier and regional. She is ranked No. 24 in PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces and made the organization's dream team for the Mid-East Qualifier.

An academic all-conference and academic all-district honoree, Salow is undecided on a college major. She is the daughter of Jeff and Joan Salow, and chose Wisconsin over Florida State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa and Notre Dame.

"Morgan is a good volleyball player because of her size and skills, but what make her a great volleyball player are her desire to be better and her mind for the game," Waite said. "At 6-4, most people would just look at her for her blocking and attacking skills, but she's very well rounded and mobile in every aspect of the game. With her mom being part of her high school program, she has a better volleyball I.Q. than most freshmen we bring in. Our players and staff are all looking forward to having Morgan join us next season."

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