Tech spikers sign three

Montana Tech head volleyball coach Brian Solomon announced three signings today. The three commitments include a junior college transfer and two Montana high school standouts. Including this group, the second year coach brings his total to four signees for 2013.

“We are thrilled to sign three players who can have such a strong impact in the program,” Solomon said.

Annie Smoot is a transfer student, while Haley Druyvestein and Makenzie Bauck are both high school seniors.

“Along with our first signee, Bailie (Cortner), Annie, Makenzie and Haley are very athletic and ready to have an impact at the college level,” Solomon said.

The daughter of Bruce and Sheila, Bauck attended Class B Florence High School. The 5-foot-7 setter was a three-year varsity captain was selected first team All-Conference and All-State since she was a sophomore. She earned honorable mention at the state tournament in 2011 and received a second team selection this past season. Also in 2012, she led her team to a third place finish at the state tourney.

“Makenzie gives us a very quick and strong player in the setter’s position” Solomon said. “Her game should quickly transition to the college game.”

Both Bauck and Druyvestein played club volleyball for the Montana Volleyball Academy. MVA is the same club program that current Diggers Kimmy Kavran and Alison Lunde played with.

The daughter of Paul and Sandy, Druyvestein played high school volleyball at Missoula Sentinel. Playing for the Spartans, the 6-1 middle was named All-Conference her junior and senior years. She was team captain last season.

While playing for MVA, Druyvestein competed at the Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, as the first club team from Montana to win the regional tournament. She is the captain for the 2013 team.

“Haley is a versatile hitter and blocker,” Solomon said. “She can impact the game in a number of ways at more than one position on the floor.”

Smoot, a 5-11 outside hitter, will transfer to Tech from Snow College in Utah. The daughter of Brian and Vickie, Smoot played high school at Olympus High School in Holladay, Utah.

“Annie and Haley will add a lot of athleticism in the front row and can have a big impact offensively for us next year,” Solomon said. “Annie is a very big jumper with good range when hitting.  Her experience of competing at a very high level in the Junior College ranks will be a strong asset for us.”

Snow College was ranked as high as No. 16 nationally in the NJCAA last fall.

The Orediggers finished fifth in the Frontier last season while reaching an 18-11 overall record. In just his first season, head coach Brian Solomon was named Frontier Coach of the Year while three of his players earned first team All-Conference including Freshman and Libero of the Year Kimmy Kavran.

— Montana Tech Sports Information