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PHIL MCDANIEL * HEAD COACH * SECOND SEASON Phil McDaniel is in his second season guiding the Drake volleyball program after being named the 10th women’s volleyball coach at Drake University. McDaniel rekindled the Bulldog program in his initial campaign as Drake posted a 1220 mark. The 12 victories were deceiving on first glance as the win total was the highest for a Bulldog team since the 1998 unit captured 13 triumphs. It also marked the initial time any current member of the Drake team had won double-digit matches during their respective careers. On the court, sophomore Alana Wittenburg shattered the single-season record for digs with 603 to supplant Brandy Ossian (545-1995) atop the Drake list. Sophomore Angela Bys turned in 397 kills, the seventh-best singleseason mark in school history, while junior Chelsea Lauersdorf netted the 10th-best mark in assists with 1,003. Off the court, the team was named as one of the AVCA Team Academic Award winners, recording a 3.5 grade point average for the 2008-09 academic year and Bys was tabbed to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete first team. An assistant coach at South Dakota State from 2005-2007, McDaniel helped the Jackrabbits claim the 2007 Summit League title as well as a berth in the NCAA Tournament. During his tenure in Brookings, S.D., he spearheaded recruiting efforts for the SDSU program, as well as monitoring academic progress for the Jackrabbits, who were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with its Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award in 2005 and 2006.

COACHING EXPERIENCE Head Coach Drake Universityy 2008-Present

Assistant Coach South Dakota State e 2005-07

Assistant Coach New Mexico State e 2002-04

Head Coach J.H. Rose High Schooll 2000-02

EDUCATION Master of Science Counselor Education, Wisconsin-Platteville 1998

Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice, Culver-Stockton College 1996

(2002-04) as an assistant coach at New Mexico State. The Aggies were 86-15 during his tenure and claimed the Sun Belt Conference crown in each of his three campaigns while winning berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2004. While in Las Cruces, N.M., he coached Stevi Adams (2004 Sun Belt Conference Most Outstanding Player and 2004 AVCA South All-Region Team), Trinia Cuseo (2003 AVCA South All-Region Team and 2003 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention) and Jackie Godber (2003 Sunbelt Defensive Player of the Year and 2003 AVCA South All-Region Team). In addition to his duties at New Mexico State, McDaniel was head coach of the Diamondback Volleyball Club in Las Cruces.

During his last three years at South Dakota State, McDaniel played a part in helping lead the Jackrabbits to a 63-42 record, including the first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 2007. He helped further the development of Amy Anderson, the Summit League Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

The Mt. Zion, Ill., native served as head coach at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C. from 2000-02, where he was twice named as the Big East Conference 4A Coach of the Year (2000 & 2001) in directing the school to a 42-7 ledger. He also served as director of coaches for the East Carolina Junior Volleyball Club.

McDaniel, 35, came to South Dakota State after spending three seasons

He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Culver-Stockton College in 1996 and a master’s degree in counselor education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1998. He competed on the soccer and tennis squads while at Culver-Stockton.

MCDANIEL’S YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORD Head Coach Year School Drake 2008 TOTAL (one season)

Record 12-20 12-20

Pct. .375 .375

Assistant Coach Year School 2007 South Dakota State 2006 South Dakota State South Dakota State 2005 New Mexico State 2004 New Mexico State 2003 New Mexico State 2002 TOTAL (six seasons)

Record 25-11 22-12 16-19 30-3 30-5 26-7 149-57

Pct. .694 .647 .457 .909 .857 .788 .723

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ERIN HIRSCH * ASSISTANT COACH * THIRD SEASON No stranger to the Missouri Valley Conference having played her collegiate volleyball at Northern Iowa, Erin Hirsch is in her third season on the Bulldog staff after spending the 2006 campaign as an assistant coach at Upper Iowa. Her primary responsibilities for the Bulldogs are assisting with all facets of day-today operations of the volleyball program, as well as coordinating team travel and overseeing the development and training of the Drake setters.

Hirsch has been an active coach in USA Club Volleyball since 2002, including leading her squad to four national tournament appearances. While at Northern Iowa, she was a member of three Missouri Valley Conference championship volleyball squads (2000-02). The Panthers made the NCAA Tournament during each of her first three campaigns. Hirsch graduated from UNI in 2005 with a degree in health promotion. She resides in Windsor Heights.

“Drive, focus, and a competitive personality sum up the qualities I was looking for in an assistant coach and Erin possesses all three and more,” Drake head coach Phil McDaniel said. “Her on-court instruction is solid and she has a good eye for spotting talented young athletes when out recruiting. She has developed a strong relationship with the players and with the athletic administration.”

CHRIS BREES * ASSISTANT COACH * SECOND SEASON Chris Brees is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs, bringing over 10 years experience to his post.

From 1998-2002, as head coach he led Southeast (Iowa) Community College to four consecutive winning campaigns and was tabbed as the NCCAC Coach of the Year following the 2000 season.

His area of responsibilities includes assisting with the Bulldogs’ day-to-day practice preparations with a primary focus on defense as well as handling Drake’s video editing.

In two years as head coach at William Penn University (2002), he propelled the Statesmen to their first winning season (19-12) in 10 seasons in 2002 en route to garnering MCC Coach of the Year honors. He has also served as an assistant coach at Grand View College (2003-05).

“Chris possesses great local knowledge of players and club teams, and a coaching background that allows him to help in the development of our young squad,” Drake head coach Phil McDaniel said.

Brees graduated from Clarke College in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in arts/communications.

An active coach of the club volleyball circuit, he has helped develop the Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance, Westside Select, Beatrice Juniors and Dubuque Sting/ Slam club squads. A three-time team captain as a player at Clarke College from 1993-96, he started his coaching career as a women’s assistant coach at Clarke in 1997.

SARAH SCHUSTER VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH SECOND SEASON Sarah Schuster is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs. Schuster, a four-year standout setter with the Drake volleyball team (2004-07), graduated in December 2008 with a bachelors degree in elementary education. She currently teaches third grade at Irving Elementary in Indianola (Iowa). Irving is a yearround elementary school which is part of the Indianola District.

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CHELSEA LAUERSDORF #5 Senior 5-11 Setter

Junior Year (2008): Appeared in 32 matches, starting 31…led team in assists (1,003), assists per game (8.29), service aces (32) and service aces per game (0.26)… ranked third on team with 2.2 digs per game…ranked sixth in MVC in service aces per game and ninth in assists…had a triple-double against UMKC with 30 assists, 12 kills and 14 digs…had six double-double performances…recorded three service aces on four occasions…collected a career-high three solo blocks and 20 digs at Green Bay… had a season-high four block assists at Wichita State…dished out a season-high 51 assists at Indiana State…collected 40 plus assists nine times…moved into third place at Drake with 2,150 career assists. Sophomore Year (2007): Overcame injuries to register 6.74 assists, 1.53 digs, 1.34 kills and 0.45 blocks in 25 matches, while making 23 starts...ranked ninth in the MVC in assists and finished eighth in league-only tilts (6.73)...registered her first career triple-double with a dominating 30-assist, 22-kill, 10-dig effort in a 3-2 win at Bradley... her 22 kills established a new career mark...two matches later added another tripledouble with a 22-assist, 11-dig, 10-kill performance in a 3-1 victory versus Indiana State...chipped in four additional double-double outings...had seven matches with 10 or more digs, including a career-high 13 against UMKC...added first collegiate solo block against Iowa State, while assisting on five blocks versus UMKC. Freshman Year (2006): Established herself as the Bulldogs’ primary setter before injuries cut short her freshman campaign...appeared in 25 matches, including 23 starts and saw action in 78 games...led Drake in assists (547), assists per game (7.01), service aces (22), aces per game (0.28), while registering 1.73 digs per game...ranked 10th and 14th in the MVC in assists and aces per game...finished eighth in league-only tilts in assists (7.51)...posted a pair of double-doubles, including a 35-assist and 12dig performance in a 3-1 upset victory over Creighton...also added three block assists against the Bluejays...distributed a season-best 39 assists at Illinois State...recorded 25 or more assists in 10 matches...served a team season-best six aces in a 3-0 victory over Chicago State...named to MVC Academic Honor Roll.

Watertown, Wis. Watertown High School

Prep: Tallied 213 kills as senior, and swung .525, while averaging 3.09 kills, to go with 362 assists, 32 aces and 44 blocks...led Watertown High School to the Wisconsin Division 1 finals as a senior...earned second team all-state honors as senior and also made all-state tournament team...Little Ten Conference Player of the Year...member of the National Honor Society. Personal: Born Oct. 6, 1987 in Oconomowoc, Wis....daughter of Glen and Bonnie Lauersdorf...public relations major with minor in marketing...has three brothers: Raymond (28), Brandon (25) and Zachary (20) and one sister, Erienne (17)...Drake Presidential Scholarship recipient...named to Dean’s List.

Lauersdorf’s Career Stats

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Year 2006 2007 2008 Totals

GP 78 89 121 288

MP-MS 25-23 25-23 32-31 82-77

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 22 at Bradley (9/21/07) Attempts 50 at Bradley (9/21/07) Attack Percentage .750 vs. Northern Arizona (9/6/08) Assists 76 at Western Illinois (9/17/07) Digs 20 at Green Bay (9/5/08) Aces 6 vs. Chicago State (8/26/06) Solo Blocks 3 at Green Bay (9/5/08) Block Assists 5 vs. UMKC (8/28/07)

Kills 12 at UMKC (10/29/08) Attempts 19 at UMKC (10/29/08) Attack Percentage .750 vs. Northern Arizona (9/6/08) Assists 51 at Indiana State (10/10/08) Digs 20 at Green Bay (9/5/08) Aces 3 (Four Times) Solo Blocks 3 at Green Bay (9/5/08) Block Assists 4 at UMKC (10/29/08)

K E 44 26 119 60 76 41 239 127

TA 145 354 228 727

Pct. Ast. SA .124 547 22 .167 600 16 .154 1,003 32 .154 2,150 70

Digs BS BA 135 0 11 136 2 38 267 5 35 538 7 84

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EMILY MADDEN #21 Senior 5-10 Outside Hitter

Van Meter, Iowa Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School

Junior Year (2008): Started all 32 matches…ranked second on team in total attacks (236), kills (236), kills per game (2.00), digs (298) and digs per game (2.53)… ranked 24th in the MVC in digs per game…in conference only matches ranked 12th in service aces per game (0.20) and 21st in digs per game (2.81)… collected three double-doubles…tied a career high with four block assists against Creighton…recorded a season-high 13 kills twice…tied a career high with four service aces at Wichita State… had seven double-digit kill performances and 16 double-digit dig performances…had a career-high .550 attack percentage at Sam Houston State. Sophomore Year (2007): Demonstrated her abilities with a strong campaign, registering 2.80 kills, 2.53 digs, 0.30 blocks and 0.21 services aces per game in 30 matches, including 28 starts...ranked 21st and 25th in the MVC in kills and points (3.16), respectively...ranked second on the team in kills (311), kills per game, total attacks (1,075), digs (2.53), digs per frame (2.53), third in aces (23), aces per game (0.21) and fifth in block assists (33)...registered a career-best 29 kills in a 3-2 win at Western Illinois... notched career-high in digs (22) against Illinois State...turned in eight double-doubles, including a 22-dig, 21-kill effort versus Illinois State...recorded 14 double-figure dig outings and posted 10 or more kills on 13 occasions. Freshman Year (2006): Made an immediate impact on the Bulldogs as a freshman appearing in 28 matches, including earning 24 starts...led all freshmen in kills (202) and games played (87), while ranking third on the team in kills, kills per game (2.32) and fourth in digs (152)...tied for top-team honors in service aces (22) and was second in aces per game (0.25)...ranked 20th in the MVC in aces (0.25) and in league-only matches rated 22nd in aces (0.24) and 24th in kills (2.69)...collected three doubledoubles, including a then career-high 19-kill, 10-dig effort at Indiana State...turned in seven double-figure kill and four double-digit dig performances...helped spark Drake to an upset 3-1 triumph over Creighton with a 17-kill, 12-dig, three-ace effort...notched season-best in digs (14) and career-high in aces (4) at Wichita State. Prep: Named to the Iowa Class 3A first team all-state and all-state tournament as well as first team Raccoon Valley all-conference...registered 56 aces in 101 games, to go with 381 kills and 82 blocks as a senior...also named squad’s most valuable player. Personal: Born Nov. 1, 1987...daughter of Barry and Sallie Madden...has older brother, Barry, and younger sister, Sarah...advertising and graphic design major.

Madden’s Career Stats GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM

Year 2006 2007 2008 Totals

GP 87 111 118 316

MP-MS 28-24 30-28 32-32 90-84

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 29 at Western Illinois (9/16/07) Attempts 69 vs. Illinois State (9/29/07) Attack Percentage .550 at Sam Houston St. (8/30/08) Assists 3 (Two Times) Digs 22 vs. Illinois State (9/29/07) Aces 4 (Two Times) Solo Blocks 2 at Indiana State (10/10/08) Block Assists 5 at South Dakota St. (10/20/08)

Kills 13 (Two Times) Attempts 51 vs. Southern Illinois (10/17/08) Attack Percentage .550 at Sam Houston St. (8/30/08) Assists 2 (Three Times) Digs 17 at South Dakota St. (10/20/08) Aces 4 at Wichita State (10/25/08) Solo Blocks 2 at Indiana State (10/10/08) Block Assists 5 at South Dakota St. (10/20/08)

K 202 311 236 749

E TA Pct. Ast. SA 172 729 .041 10 22 216 1,075 .088 28 23 138 972 .101 15 15 526 2,776 .080 53 60

Digs BS BA 152 1 16 281 0 33 298 8 50 731 9 99

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LINDSAY SCHRYVER #9 Senior

Junior Year (2008): Played in 32 matches, with four starting assignments…totaled 215 digs…averaged 1.84 digs in 117 games…recorded double-digit digs seven times, including a season-high 17 against South Dakota…had a season-high three service aces along with 12 digs at Bradley…had three service aces on two other occasions.

5-6

Sophomore Year (2007): Earned playing time in all 30 matches, while collecting 15 starts...averaged 2.29 digs, 0.23 assists and 0.17 service aces per frame... established career highs for assists (3), digs (26) and aces (4) versus Northwestern, Evansville and South Dakota State, respectively...fashioned 11 double-figure dig efforts, including three straight contests (Oct. 27-Nov. 3)...named recipient of MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.

Defensive Specialist

Freshman Year (2006): Appeared in 20 matches, making a pair of starts...averaged a team-best 3.18 digs in 44 games...registered six double-figure dig efforts, including a then career-high 19 digs in a 3-0 victory over Western Illinois...had a seasonbest two services aces during a 3-0 win against Chicago State.

Williams Bay, Wis. Williams Bay High School

Prep: Four-year letterwinner in basketball and volleyball and twice in softball...led Williams Bay to a state volleyball championship in 2003, 2004 and 2005, as well as a state runner-up in 2002...three-time member of all-state tournament team...twice named a first team all-conference selection as well as team most valuable player...garnered allstate honorable mention laurels as a senior...school leader in digs (1,072), service aces (322), kills (924). Personal: Born July 14, 1988 in Manhasset, N.Y....daughter of Steve and Pam Schryver...elementary education major...has an one brother, Kyle (23) and one sister, Amy (13)...named to Dean’s List.

Schryver’s Career Stats

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Year 2006 2007 2008 Totals

GP 44 112 117 273

MP-MS 20-2 30-15 32-4 82-21

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 1 (13 Times) Attempts 15 at Illinois State (10/26/07) Attack Percentage .500 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Assists 3 at Northwestern (9/14/07) Digs 26 vs. Evansville (11/2/07) Aces 4 vs. South Dakota State (11/5/07) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 0

Kills 1 (Five Times) Attempts 4 vs. Creighton (10/31/08) Attack Percentage .500 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Assists 2 (Three Times) Digs 17 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Aces 3 (Three Times) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 0

K 2 6 5 13

E 8 13 4 25

TA Pct. Ast. 28 -.210 8 56 -.130 26 35 .029 17 119 -.100 51

SA 5 19 21 45

Digs BS BA 140 0 0 257 0 0 215 0 0 612 0 0

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NICOLE BROWN #1 Junior 5-10 Middle Blocker

Sophomore Year (2008): Played in 20 matches with eight starting assignments… ranked fourth on the team with 47 total blocks and 44 block assists…in conference-only matches ranked fourth in the MVC with 1.06 blocks per game…set a career high with eight block assists and nine total blocks at Evansville which was the third-highest mark for a three-set match in the MVC…recorded 40 of 47 block assists and 31 of 36 kills in the final 10 matches of the season. Freshman Year (2007): Appeared in 24 matches, including 19 starts and became a key to the Bulldogs’ defense as a freshman, posting a team-high in blocks per game (0.82)...registered 1.16 kills and 0.62 digs per frame, while ranking second on the team in solo blocks (7) and block assists (56)...recorded a career-best 11 kills and a .435 attack mark, while adding seven blocks in a 3-2 victory at Bradley...established career mark in digs (11) in a 3-0 win at Indiana State...registered a career-high eight blocks in helping Drake to a 3-2 triumph versus Bradley. Prep: A three-year starter at Xavier High School, was a member of three Valley 8 Conference championship squads...garnered third team Wisconsin Class 2 all-state accolades as a senior, as well as being a unanimous selection as conference player of the year, first team all-conference, first team all-area by the Post-Crescent and a state championship all-tournament honoree...two-time team offensive player of the year... holds school record for kills...team finished second and third in the state, respectively, during her final two prep campaigns...four-year academic letterwinner.

Appleton, Wis. Xavier High School

Personal: Born Jan. 2, 1989 in Neenah, Wis....daughter of Amy and the late Joseph Brown...marketing management major...has two brothers: Andy (19) and Spencer (14).

Brown’s Career Stats GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM

Year 2007 2008 Totals

GP 77 51 128

MP-MS 24-19 20-8 44-27

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 11 at at Bradley (9/21/07) Attempts 23 (Two Times) Attack Percentage .667 vs. Northern Arizona (9/6/08) Assists 2 at Bradley (9/21/07) Digs 11 at Indiana State (10/27/07) Aces 2 (Two Times) Solo Blocks 2 (Two Times) Block Assists 8 at Evansville (11/14/08)

Kills 7 vs. Bradley (11/21/08) Attempts 15 at Evansville (11/14/08) Attack Percentage .667 vs. Northern Arizona (9/6/08) Assists 1 (Three Times) Digs 3 at Missouri State (10/24/08) Aces 0 Solo Blocks 1 (Three Times) Block Assists 8 at Evansville (11/14/08)

K 89 36 125

E 38 30 68

TA 278 132 410

Pct. Ast. SA .183 4 9 .045 3 0 .139 7 9

Digs BS BA 48 7 56 9 3 44 57 10 100

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ANGELA BYS #13 Junior 6-1 Outside Hitter Marion, Iowa Marion High School

Sophomore Year (2008): Led the team at the net with 397 total kills and 3.31 kills per game…started all 32 matches…second on the team with 26 service aces (0.22/ game) and fourth with 239 digs (1.99/game)…named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team…ranked sixth in the MVC in kills per game, 10th in points per game (3.46)…15th in services aces per game…in conference-only matches ranked seventh in kills per game (3.18)…recorded a season-high 23 kills against Southern Illinois, the fourth-best season mark in the MVC…recorded seven double-doubles in kills and digs…had a career-high six block assists against UMKC …had 14 kills, 14 digs and four service aces against Western Illinois...397 kills ranks sixth all time in single-season kills...along with Drake standout Brandy Ossian (1995, 1996), she is the only other person to be ranked twice in Drake’s record book for single-season kills...enters 2009 season 83 kills away from breaking into Drake’s top-ten all time kills list. Freshman Year (2007): Turned in one of the more dominating single-season performances in school history, averaging team highs in kills (463), kills per game (4.13), total attacks (1,265), service aces (37) and aces per game (0.33) in appearing in all 30 matches, including making 23 starts...set a single-season school record in kills, while ranking second in total attacks and came up one ace shy of cracking the Bulldogs’ single-season top-10 list...named to the All-MVC freshman squad...finished third in the MVC in kills (4.13) and points (4.62) and seventh in aces (0.33)...in league-only affairs, ranked second in kills (4.59) and points (5.01) and fifth in aces (0.38)...surpassed double-figures in kills on 24 occasions, including being the only player in the MVC to net 30 or more kills in a contest during the 2007 season, accomplishing this with 30 versus Iowa and a career-high 33 against Bradley...recorded three of the top five single-match point efforts in the league as a freshman...deposited a career-best five aces in a 3-2 victory over Bradley...had seven double-doubles, including her first with an 18-kill, 11dig effort in a 3-2 setback to Creighton (Sept. 11)...notched a career-high 16 digs versus Evansville. Prep: Guided Marion High School to a 39-12 mark, including a berth in the state semifinals as a senior...her 2,135 kills ranked seventh in the National Federation of State High School Association career record book at the time of her graduation...a first team all-state selection as a junior and an all-elite honoree as a senior, she was a Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Finalist in Iowa and holds school records for career aces (334), blocks (412) and digs (700)...ranked among top 10 academically at Marion High School and was member of National Honor Society and four-year academic letterwinner...two-year President’s Student Service Award for volunteering. Personal: Born Sept. 11, 1989 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa...daughter of Jim and Diane Bys...secondary education major...has one brother, Greg (17)...recipient of Drake Presidential Scholarship...named to Dean’s List.

Bys’ Career Stats

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Year 2007 2008 Totals

GP 112 120 232

MP-MS 30-23 32-32 62-55

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 33 vs. Bradley (10/20/07) Attempts 80 vs. Evansville (11/2/07) Attack Percentage .409 vs. UMKC (8/28/07) Assists 3 (Three Times) Digs 16 vs. Evansville (11/2/07) Aces 5 vs. Bradley (10/20/07) Solo Blocks 2 (Two Times) Block Assists 6 at UMKC (10/29/08)

Kills 23 vs. Southern Illinois (10/17/08) Attempts 52 vs. Southern Illinois (10/17/08) Attack Percentage .350 vs. Bradley (11/21/08) Assists 3 (Three Times) Digs 14 vs. Western Illinois (9/2/08) Aces 4 vs. Western Illinois (9/2/08) Solo Blocks 2 (Two Times) Block Assists 6 at UMKC (10/29/08)

K E TA Pct. 463 252 1,265 .167 397 171 1,117 .202 860 423 2,382 .183

Ast. 12 17 29

SA 37 26 63

Digs BS BA 191 4 27 239 5 32 430 9 59

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SUSAN CLAUSEN 2008 (Sophomore Year): Appeared in 18 matches…finished the campaign with 15 assists, 19 digs and seven service aces…had a career-high seven assists and eight digs at Illinois State…recorded a career-high two service aces at Bradley.

#6 Junior 5-8 Setter Johnston, Iowa Winona State / Johnston High School

Clausen’s Career Stats GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM

Year 2008 Totals

GP 41 41

Winona State (2007): Appeared in 19 matches, averaging 6.57 assists and 1.64 digs. Prep: A three-time first team all-conference selection at Johnston High School...a first team all-state and elite team member as a senior...named to Des Moines Register CIML Elite Team and Iowa Girls Coaches Association first team...participated in IGCA Senior Volleyball Classic...earned second team all-state, special mention IGCA and Des Moines Register CIML Elite Team laurels as a junior...averaged 8.25 assists and 1.16 digs as a senior. Personal: Born Feb. 28, 1989 in Des Moines, Iowa...daughter of Marc and Julie Clausen...creative advertising major and graphic design minor...has one sister, Amy (23).

MP-MS 18-0 18-0

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 0 Attempts 2 at Indiana State (10/10/08) Attack Percentage .000 Assists 7 at Illinois State (10/11/08) Digs 8 at at Illinois State (10/11/08) Aces 2 at Bradley (9/20/08) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 0

Kills 0 Attempts 2 at Indiana State (10/10/08) Attack Percentage .000 Assists 7 at Illinois State (10/11/08) Digs 8 at at Illinois State (10/11/08) Aces 2 at Bradley (9/20/08) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 0

K 0 0

E 0 0

TA 0 0

Pct. Ast. SA .000 15 7 .000 15 7

Digs BS BA 19 0 0 19 0 0

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ALISA DEBERG ROTH #12 Junior 6-3 Outside Hitter Hudson, Iowa Hudson High School

Sophomore Year (2008): Played in all 32 matches with 24 starting assignments... collected 216 kills and 1.79 kills per game, ranking third on the team in both categories... led the team with 11 solo blocks...ranked second on the team with 78 total blocks...tied her career-high 13 kills against both South Dakota and Indiana State...set a career high with two solo blocks against Ball State, Western Illinois and Wichita State...tied a career-high with five block assist at Bradley and against Indiana State...recorded a career-high .500 attack percentage (6 K, 1E, 10 TA) in the opening game of the season against Centenary and the final game of the season against Bradley. Freshman Year (2007): Garnered playing time in 24 matches, including six starts as a freshman...registered 1.10 kills, 0.59 blocks and 0.37 digs per game...ranked third on the team with 48 blocks...numbers were strong in league play, posting 1.20 kills and 0.57 blocks per game...had a career-high 13 kills against Evansville...established career marks in blocks (5.0) versus Missouri State and at No. 24 Wichita State...recorded a career-high .312 attack mark on eight kills against three errors in 16 attempts against the Shockers (Oct. 13)...twice equaled career highs in solo blocks (2) and blocks assists (5). Prep: A three-year letterwinner at Hudson High School...led the Pirates in kills (188), blocks (82) and aces (37) as a senior en route to earning second team all-conference laurels...helped her squad capture an Iowa Class 2A district title as a junior. Personal: Born March 4, 1989, in Waverly, Iowa...daughter of Mike DeBerg and Jill Kuyava and David and Sue Roth...elementary education, early childhood major...has twin brothers: John (12) and Austin (12); and a pair of sisters: Amanda (23) and Kylie (11). Named to Dean’s List.

DeBerg-Roth’s Career Stats

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Year 2007 2008 Totals

GP 81 121 202

MP-MS 24-6 32-24 56-30

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 13 (Three Times) Attempts 40 vs. Evansville (11/2/07) Attack Percentage .500 vs. Bradley (11/21/08) Assists 2 (10 Times) Digs 4 (Four Times) Aces 0 Solo Blocks 2 (Three Times) Block Assists 5 (Four Times)

Kills 13 (Twice) Attempts 38 at Wichita State (10/25/08) Attack Percentage .500 vs. Bradley (11/21/08) Assists 2 (Four Times) Digs 4 at Indiana State (10/10/08) Aces 0 Solo Blocks 2 (Three Times) Block Assists 5 (Two Times)

K E 89 61 216 101 305 162

TA 336 616 952

Pct. .083 .187 .150

Ast. 18 15 33

SA 0 0 0

Digs BS BA 30 2 46 25 11 67 55 13 113

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ALANA WITTENBURG #2 Junior 5-2 Libero

Readlyn, Iowa Wapsie Valley High School

Sophomore Year (2008): Named a team captain...appeared in all 32 matches… set a Drake single-season record with 603 total digs…registered a team-leading 4.98 digs per game…recorded a career high with 34 digs against South Dakota, the fifth-best total in the MVC and second-best in a four-game match…finished 28th in the nation in digs per game...recorded double-digit digs in 30 matches…ranked fourth in the MVC in digs per game and third in total digs…in conference-only matches ranked fifth in digs per game and sixth in total digs…recorded her first career service ace at Sam Houston State…set a career-high two service aces three times…set a career-high with six assists against Green Bay…named to all-tournament team at Iowa State Tournament. Freshman Year (2007): One of only four Bulldogs to appear in all 30 matches and 112 games as a freshman...established herself as Drake’s starting libero and responded by registering 423 digs, the then fourth-best single-season total in school history...set a then career-high in digs with 24 in a 3-0 victory over Green Bay...posted 22 double-digit dig performances...ranked 10th in the MVC in overall digs (3.78) and ninth in league-only digs (4.01). Prep: Led Wapsie Valley High School to the Iowa Class 1A state championship en route to earning third team all-state laurels as a senior...a first team all-conference and all-district selection as a senior...a four-year letterwinner for the Warriors and holds the school record for digs in a season...named to Oelwein Daily Register all-star team as both a junior and senior...member of National Honor Society. Personal: Born Jan. 4, 1989 in Iowa City, Iowa...daughter of Barry and Lisa Wittenburg...health sciences major...has two sisters: Alissa (16) and Aarika (15) and one brother, Austin (10).

Wittenburg’s Career Stats GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM

Year 2007 2008 Totals

GP 112 121 233

MP-MS 30-1 32-0 62-1

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 1 (Two Times) Attempts 2 (Three Times) Attack Percentage 1.000 (Two Times) Assists 6 at Green Bay (9/5/08) Digs 34 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Aces 2 (Three Times) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 0

Kills 1 (Two Times) Attempts 2 (Two Times) Attack Percentage 1.000 (Two Times) Assists 6 at Green Bay (9/5/08) Digs 34 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Aces 2 (Three Times) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 0

K 0 2 2

E 1 1 2

TA 9 8 17

Pct. Ast. SA Digs -.111 36 0 423 .056 47 15 603 .000 83 15 1,026

BS BA 0 0 0 0 0 0

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CAITLIN JOHNSON

Freshman Year (2008): Played in 20 matches…averaged 3.19 assists and 1.2 digs…numbers improved to 3.41 assists and 1.4 digs in conference matches…had five double-digit assist performances, including a career-high 20 assists against Illinois State…collected a career-high eight digs against Missouri State.

#10 Sophomore 5-9

Prep: Sparked Sycamore Community High School to four league titles en route to earning first team all-conference honors three times...Western Sun Conference MVP and second team all-state selection as a senior...Spartans finished third in Illinois state tournament in 2007 with 39-3 record...established school record for single-season assists as a senior...two-time team MVP...tabbed as Sycamore’s Athlete of the Year in 2008...four-year letterwinner in volleyball.

Setter

Personal: Born Sept. 28, 1989 in Wheaton, Ill....daughter of Dennis Johnson and Karen Forbes-Johnson...elementary education major...has one brother, Justin (27) and two sisters, Adrienne (26) and Jillian (16).

Sycamore, Ill. Sycamore Community High School

Johnson’s Career Stats

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Year 2008 Totals

GP 48 48

MP-MS 20-0 20-0

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 2 (Four Times) Attempts 5 vs. Northern Iowa (11/2/08) Attack Percentage 1.000 (Four Times) Assists 20 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Digs 8 vs. Missouri State (9/27/08) Aces 1 (Seven Times) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 0

Kills 2 (Four Times) Attempts 5 vs. Northern Iowa (11/2/08) Attack Percentage 1.000 (Four Times) Assists 20 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Digs 8 vs. Missouri State (9/27/08) Aces 1 (Seven Times) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 0

K 11 11

E 2 2

TA 21 21

Pct. .429 .429

Ast. 153 153

SA 7 7

Digs BS BA 57 0 0 57 0 0

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ERIKA PRICE #8

Sophomore 5-9 Defensive Specialist

Freshman Year (2008): Appeared in 19 matches with one starting assignment... collected 23 kills and 29 digs in 34 games, averaging 0.7 and 0.9, respectively...had a career-high seven kills, 16 kill attempts and one service ace against South Dakota...set a career high with six digs against Illinois State...collected two block assists at Bradley. Prep: A three-year letterwinner at Dakota Ridge High School...honored as a first team academic athlete selection in each of her final three seasons...named a second team all-conference honoree as a senior...team qualified for regionals in 2007...an academic Eagle scholar for maintaining a perfect 4.0+ grade point average for all four years... member of Junior Olympic national championship squad as a freshman in 2005. Personal: Born Sept. 9, 1990 in Englewood, Colo....daughter of Tom and Cathy Price...biology major...has one brother, Matthew (16)...recipient of Drake Presidential Scholarship.

Littleton, Colo. Dakota Ridge High School

Price’s Career Stats GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM

Year 2008 Totals

GP 34 34

MP-MS 19-1 19-1

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 7 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Attempts 16 (Two Times) Attack Percentage .333 against Wichita State (9/26/08) Assists 1 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Digs 6 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Aces 1 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 2 at Bradley (9/20/08)

Kills 7 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Attempts 16 (Two Times) Attack Percentage .333 against Wichita State (9/26/08) Assists 1 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Digs 6 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Aces 1 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Solo Blocks 0 Block Assists 2 at Bradley (9/20/08)

K 23 23

E 15 15

TA 75 75

Pct. Ast. SA .107 1 1 .107 1 1

Digs BS BA 29 0 3 29 0 3

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MICHELLE REIDY #16 Sophomore 6-1 Middle Blocker

Freshman Year (2008): Emerged as the team’s top true freshman, collecting 190 kills, 1.73 kills per game, 57 digs and a team-leading 99 blocks...recorded a career-high 17 kills at Indiana State and a career-high nine blocks against Fresno State...collected six double-digit kill performances...had five plus blocks eight times. Prep: A second team all-state and first team all-district and all-conference selection as a senior at Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School, leading the Eagles to the 2007 state tournament...honored as a IGHSAU Senior All-Star selection and first team Dubuque Telegraph-Herald all-area as a senior...ranked seventh in Iowa Class 3A state tournament in hitting percentage...member of state semifinalist and state champion squad as a junior and sophomore, respectively...a 2007 Iowa volleyball academic all-state honoree and National Honor Society member. Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1990 in Dubuque, Iowa...daughter of Patrick and Karen Reidy...marketing major...has one brother, Patrick (23) and two sisters, Katie Beth (21) and Bridgett (17).

Dubuque, Iowa Dubuque Wahlert High School

Reidy’s Career Stats

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Year 2008 Totals

GP 110 110

MP-MS 29-29 29-29

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 17 at Indiana State (10/10/08) Attempts 32 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Attack Percentage .474 vs. Green Bay (8/30/09) Assists 2 vs. Ball State (8/29/08) Digs 6 (Two Times) Aces 2 (Three Times) Solo Blocks 1 (Eight Times) Block Assists 9 vs. Fresno State (9/6/08)

Kills 17 at Indiana State (10/10/08) Attempts 32 vs. South Dakota (10/14/08) Attack Percentage .474 vs. Green Bay (8/30/09) Assists 2 vs. Ball State (8/29/08) Digs 6 (Two Times) Aces 2 (Three Times) Solo Blocks 1 (Eight Times) Block Assists 9 vs. Fresno State (9/6/08)

K 190 190

E 76 76

TA 499 499

Pct. .228 .228

Ast. 6 6

SA 13 13

Digs BS BA 57 8 91 57 8 91

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MIKAYLA SIMS #3

Redshirt Sophomore 5-11 Outside Hitter Waterloo, Iowa East

Sims’ Career Stats GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM

Year 2007 2008 Totals

Freshman Year (2008): Played in 25 matches with 21 starting assignments… recorded 184 kills, 2.3 kills per game, 47 blocks (44 block assists, three solo blocks) and 0.59 blocks per game…ranked 24th in the MVC in kills per game and 16th in conference-only contests (2.60)…had eight double-digit kill performances, including a season-high 15 against Illinois State…collected a season-high three assists against Green Bay and a career-high six digs against Illinois State…followed that with a season-high six blocks at Evansville. Redshirt Year (2007): Quickly established herself in the Drake rotation before injuries forced her to redshirt campaign...averaged 2.74 kills and 0.77 blocks in 11 matches...named MVC Newcomer of the Week after registering 12.5 kills and 3.5 blocks in Bulldogs’ first four tilts...netted career highs in kills (22) and blocks (7.0) in a 3-2 win at Western Illinois. Prep: Tabbed a first team Iowa Class 4A All-State honoree as a senior at Waterloo East High School...was a three-time All-Mississippi Valley Conference selection...a three-year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball...an honor student each of her four years. Personal: Born Oct. 8, 1989 in Waterloo, Iowa...daughter of Lysa Sims...education major...has one brother, Mekhi (12).

GP 39 79 118

MP-MS 11-10 25-21 36-31

CAREER HIGHS

2008 HIGHS

Kills 22 at Western Illinois (9/16/07) Attempts 47 at Western Illinois (9/16/07) Attack Percentage .520 at Northern Iowa (9/19/08) Assists 3 at Green Bay (9/5/08) Digs 6 (Twice) Aces 2 vs. Furman (9/1/07) Solo Blocks 2 vs. Furman (9/17/07) Block Assists 7 at Western Illinois (9/16/07)

Kills 15 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Attempts 34 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Attack Percentage .520 at Northern Iowa (9/19/08) Assists 3 at Green Bay (9/5/08) Digs 6 vs. Illinois State (11/7/08) Aces 0 Solo Blocks 1 (Three Times) Block Assists 6 at Evansville (11/14/08)

K E 107 45 184 70 291 115

TA 279 531 810

Pct. Ast. SA .222 4 5 .215 17 0 .217 21 5

Digs BS BA 21 5 25 27 3 44 48 8 69

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2009 BULLDOG RETURNEES

EMILY HEFFERNEN

#22

#15

Redshirt Freshman

Redshirt Freshman

6-1

6-0

Outside Hitter

Middle Blocker

Jesup, Iowa Jesup High School

Manchester, Iowa West Delaware High School

2008: Redshirted

2008: Redshirted

Prep: A four-year letterwinner in volleyball at Jesup High School...tabbed a first team all-conference selection as a senior after earning second team laurels as a junior... member of National Honor Society...also lettered three years in track, twice in basketball and once in softball.

Prep: A three-year letterwinner at West Delaware High School, where she led the Hawks to 124-14 mark...squad finished as Iowa Class 3A state runner-up as a junior with a 49-1 mark before reaching the state semifinals as a senior with a 42-5 record... tabbed a first team all-state selection and elite all-state honors as a senior, where she was named the Iowa Class 3A Player of the Year...a two-time all-conference honoree... named second team all-state as a junior...established school record of 4.39 kills per game as a senior...class valedictorian.

Personal: Born July 17, 1990 in Jesup, Iowa...daughter of Mark and Christy Becker... health sciences major...has one brother, Colin (15) and one sister, Nicole (22)...recipient of Drake Presidential Scholarship.

Personal: Born Jan. 2, 1990 in Waterloo, Iowa...daughter of John and Lorrie Heffernen...biochemistry major...has one brother, Josh (22) and two sisters, Heather (21) and Sara (17)... recipient of Drake Presidential Scholarship.

EMILY SIBIGTROTH #4 Redshirt Sophomore 5-11

2008: Redshirted. Anderson University (2007): Played as a freshman at Anderson University. Prep: Member of state runner-up squad at Hononegah High School as a senior in 2006...a two-year letterwinner, who earned honorable mention all-conference laurels during her senior season...National Honor Society member, as well as being tabbed an Illinois State and AP Scholar. Personal: Born April 19, 1989 in Rockford, Ill....daughter of Gary and Lori Sibigtroth... biology major...has one brother, Andrew (18)19 and one sister, Chris (29)...recipient of Drake Presidential Scholarship.

Right-Side Hitter Durand, Ill. Anderson University / Hononegah High School 22 | True Blue

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STACIE HANSEN

BENTLEY MANCINI

#11

#14

Freshman

Freshman

6-1

6-1

Middle Blocker

Outside Hitter

Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln Southwest High School

Burnsville, Minn. Apple Valley High School

Prep: Led Lincoln Southwest to three Nebraksa Class A top-10 final-season rankings and three state tournament appearances...holds the school record with 820 career kills...three-time Nebraska All-State selection...two-time All-City selection...selected for 2009 Nebraska All-Star Senior game...two-year letterwinner in track and field (high jump).

Prep: Three-time varsity letterwinner at Apple Valley High School...member of the 300 Attack Club (2007, 2008)...two-time All-Minnesota Lake Conference selection...coaches named her the Jill Growling Heart Award winner as a senior...received the Captains Award as a senior...four-time letterwinner and two-time all-conference selection for the Apple Valley girls basketball team...two-time track and field letterwinner.

Personal: Born Nov. 6, 1990 in Lincoln, Neb...daughter of Randy and Lisa Hansen... journalism major.

Personal: Born July 24, 1991 in Kirkland, Wash....daughter of Mark and Jamie Mancini...undecided major...has one brother, Nicholas (20).

WHITNEY WESTRUM #20 Freshman 5-11 Outside Hitter

Prep: Versatile athlete who earned 2008 special mention Iowa Class 4A all-state honors as outside hitter by Iowa Girls Coaches Association....earned Class 4A AllDistrict honors as senior at Waukee, while leading team to 15-4 record....named 2009 Iowa Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of Year after helping Waukee earn the school’s first girls Class 4A state title...won 2009 Class 4A 200 and ran on state championship 4x100 and 4x200 relays with 4x100 setting Iowa all-time best in 48.15 seconds...also named the 2009 Drake Relays outstanding high school girls performer after running anchor leg on 4x400 relay which set a meet record and Iowa all-time best of 3:50.21. She also ran legs on Waukee’s winning 400 and sprint medley relays, while placing sixth in the 100. Personal: Born Dec. 20, 1990 in Colorado Springs, Colo....daughter of Robin and Larry Jackson...business major.

Waukee, Iowa Waukee High School GODRAKEBULLDOGS.COM

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2009 Drake Volleyball Coaching Staff & Player Bios