VB Bulldogs Ink Four Prep Stars In Early Signing Period
Joining the MSU volleyball family are Chelsea Duhs, a 6-1 middle blocker from Mission Viejo, Calif., Kimberly Gardiner, a 6-2 outside hitter from Grapevine, Texas, Suzanne Horner, a 5-10 setter from State College, Pa., and Kaitlyn Schoeppner, a 6-3 middle hitter from North Farmington, Mich.
"We are incredibly excited to have such a great group of young women joining the Mississippi State program," said Hazelwood. "This recruiting class is probably the best and most complete group we have ever signed at Mississippi State. We add so much height with this class, and that will be very important as we move this program forward. Not only are they great athletes, but these signees are amazing people, and I am honored to have the opportunity to coach them."
Duhs starred as a middle blocker for four seasons at Saddleback Valley Christian High School. She paced Coach Jon Greene's Warriors in kills all four seasons, tallying career-bests with 275 kills and 57 total blocks as a senior in 2012. A two-time team MVP, she earned all-league and All CIF honors during her career. Duhs is a six-year veteran of the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club, coached by Michael Soylular.
A member of the National Honor Society, the MSU signee is the daughter of Gilda and Michael Duhs.
Hazelwood on Duhs: "Chelsea Duhs is an outstanding middle blocker who will be able to come in right away and add strength to that position on our team. Her good blocking instincts and great offensive abilities will make her a big threat at the net. We can't wait to see all of the great things that Chelsea will add to our program."
Gardiner capped her four-year prep career at Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High School with a remarkable senior season in 2012. The outside hitter piled up 560 kills, 515 digs and 65 aces in helping lead Coach Jamie deTurck's HHS Panthers to a 42-6 record and a No. 3 ranking in Texas. She earned all-district honors and helped guide Heritage to first or second place district finishes her final three seasons. She was named to the 2011 Star-Telegram Super Team following her junior campaign. She played six years in the Skyline Juniors volleyball club coached by Kirk Perry.
A member of the Nation Honor Society, Gardiner was a four-time academic all-district selection. She is the daughter of Mary and Rocky Gardiner.
Hazelwood on Gardiner: "I truly believe Kimmy Gardiner is one of the best players in the state of Texas and will be a dominate force at the collegiate level. She is a six rotation ball control outside/opposite that knows what it takes to be successful at this level. She has that "go-to" player mentality and will do whatever it takes to be the best player she can be. We are really looking forward to having Kimmy in our gym."
Horner is a two-time Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State setter from State College (Pa.) High School. She registered 548 assists, 272 kills and 77 aces this fall in leading the SCHS to a 19-3 mark, the Mid-Penn Commonwealth divisional championship, the Class AAA District 6 title and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. A 2012 Prepvolleyball.com Special Mention All-American and a finalist for the state's Gatorade Player of the Year Award, Horner captained her team in 2011 and 2012. She set a career-high with 785 assists and 128 blocks as the SCHS notched a 16-3 record a a quarterfinal finish in the state playoffs.
She played club volleyball for 10 years, including five seasons with the Revolution club volleyball team coached by Don Labonte. She is the daughter of Heather and Todd Horner.
Hazelwood on Horner: "Suzanne Horner is one of the most gifted setters I have seen play the game. She has the ability to run the offense from anywhere on the court and will be the true court leader that is needed in her position. She is an unbelievable player who leads by example with her determination and work ethic and will be a huge asset to our program. We will see great things out of Suzanne throughout her career."
Schoeppner is a two-time AVCA Max Preps Player of the Year selection from North Farmington (Mich.) High School, where she led or ranked among the Raiders' statistical leaders and earned all-district honors for four seasons. She helped lead Coach Jessica Condeni's team to a 41-11 record, a 2012 district championship and an advancement to the regional finals. As a senior she paced NFHS with 573 kills, 58 service aces and tallied a career-high 379 digs. A two-time All-League and four-time All-Academic performer, Schoeppner also competed eight years in the Michigan Elite club volleyball, competing on teams that captured four state titles.
The MSU signee is the daughter of Kelli and Geoff Hixon.
Hazelwood on Schoeppner: "Kaitlyn Schoeppner is an outside that has all the tools to be a great player at the next level. She is a great hitter that can also play six rotations and this will add so much depth to our outside hitter position. She plays with the kind of passion and determination that is necessary to compete at the highest levels and we are excited to have her joining the Bulldog family."