SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State second-year volleyball coach Ben Kaszeta has signed three more players to National Letters of Intent, increasing his 2012 recruiting class to seven players.
Sophomore transfer Meghan Drobish of Durand, Mich., and incoming freshmen Jenna Kilmer of White Lake, Mich., and Jordyn Coniam of Westland, Mich., committed to LSSU during the spring signing period. LSSU’s seven newcomers, which also include fall signees Gabrielle Olsen of Battle Creek, Mich., Julia Peterson of Howell, Mich., Janelle Nagy of Carleton, Mich., and Sydne McMullen of Britton, Mich., will combine with seven returning letter winners in 2012.
“All seven kids are family-first kids,” Kaszeta said. “They are team-player type kids. It will be fun to have a half-new, half-old team.”
LSSU’s 2012 roster includes only two seniors – setter Marylou Drobish and outside hitter Nikki Stratelak. Meghan Drobish is Marylou’s younger sister and, like her older sibling, is a transfer from Mott Community College.
Drobish compiled school-record 2,723 digs during her prep volleyball career at Durand High School. She earned All-Genessee Area Conference First Team and Michigan Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Third Team honors in 2010 after totaling a school-record 1,053 digs and 226 service aces. She was named to the All-Michigan Community College Athletic Association Eastern Conference Second Team in 2011.
“She is kind of a grinder,” said Kaszeta of Drobish, who will play libero and defensive specialist. “She finds a way to succeed, to dig the ball and out-smart other people. She is incredibly fast and smart. We will have a great tandem with Meghan and (junior Katie Fitzpatrick).”
Kilmer, a 5-11 outside hitter, played for Clarkston High School and the SuperNOVA Volleyball Club. During the past two seasons of club volleyball, she has 291 kills, 55 aces and 191 digs. Coniam, a 5-10 right-side hitter, played for Westland John Glenn High School and is teammates with Nagy and McMullen at the Huron Valley Volleyball Club.
“Jenna plays for a very reputable club,” Kaszeta said. “She’s had a good developmental year and is solid at everything she does. She has a very good serve. Jordyn is a ‘pin hitter’ and also has a very aggressive serve.
“As a group of seven, these new kids will no doubt make us better every day. They will bring our attitude and energy level up immediately. They all come in with very high volleyball IQ.”