South Dakota volleyball signs 6 South Dakota's Brian Lamppa, the 2004 North Central Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year, has announced six area players, Gina Baldwin, Jenna Hultgre, Ashley Gross, Heather Hult, Amber Kobus, and Gabi Jarchow have signed letters of intent to enroll at USD and play volleyball for the Coyotes in the fall.
Baldwin, a setter from Mitchell, is the reigning 2004 Class AA Miss Volleyball. A two-time first team All-State selection, Baldwin holds school records for assists in a match (52), season (1,043), and career (2,077) at Mitchell High School. She was a three-year starter and member of the 2003 state championship team that finished 36-4. Baldwin finished her high school career with 314 kills, 76 blocks, 673 digs, 110 aces and a 92.5 percent serving percentage. She is the daughter of Ken and Harriet Baldwin and intends to major in business management.
Hultgren, an outside hitter and daughter of Joel and Laurel Hultgren, was a four-year letterwinner, leading St. James, MN to the South Central Conference championship as they were 25-5 overall and 10-0 in league play. The team finished as the sub-section 3AA runners-up.
Hultgren, an Academic All-State selection, had 313 kills, 48 blocks, 202 digs and 48 aces during her career. She intends to enroll in general studies as a freshman.
Gross is a transfer from Iowa Western Community College after a stint at Nebraska-Lincoln. As the starting setter at IWCC in 2004, Gross had 1,400 assists, 244 digs, 108 blocks, 93 kills and 28 digs. The Norfolk, NE native was a member of the NJCAA All-Region XI Team and Academic All-Region second team.
At Norfolk Senior High School, Gross was a three-sport, three-year letterwinner in volleyball, basketball and track. She was tabbed honorable mention All-State as a senior. She is the daughter of Jim and Terri Gross and will major in special and elementary education.
Hult, a middle hitter from Davis, was a three-time first team All-Tri Valley Conference member (2002, 2003, 2004) at Hurley High School. She was selected to the 2004 Class B All-State team. In her senior season, Hult recorded 330 kills, 156 solo blocks and 374 digs.
The daughter of Jerome and Brenda Hult, she was a four-time state qualifier in track and field. Hult plans to major in business management with an emphasis in health service administration.
Kobus, a setter on the 2005 Class A state runners-up at Columbus, NE Senior High School that finished 37-3 her senior year, totaled 1,891 career assists, 126 kills, 851 digs, 117 aces and 24 blocks over four years. She recorded 984 of her assists as a senior, earning second-team All-State honors. Kobus, who intends to major in nursing, is the daughter of Sherri Kobus.
A two-time honorable mention All-State selection, Jarchow helped Lincoln, NE Pius X to a second place finish at the 2004 Nebraska State Tournament. In 2004, Jarchow recorded 282 kills (2.69/gm) and 276 digs (2.63/gm).
The daughter of Todd and Nancy Jarchow, she intends to major in elementary education, while playing libero. Jarchow continues the tradition of players from Pius X to play at South Dakota. She follows graduating seniors Lindsey Soukup and Alexis Wissing-Terwilliger.