Marquette Welcomes Three Additions in Recruiting Class

April 11, 2018

MILWAUKEE—The Marquette University women’s volleyball team and head coach Ryan Theis welcomes Ellie Koontz, Claire Mosher and Katie Schoessow to Marquette as each have signed National Letters of Intent, announced on Wednesday. All will arrive on campus in the summer and have four years of eligibility remaining.

“I really like the ability of this class to come and compete,” Theis said. “All three have played at very high levels in juniors and have competed for national championships, which will help them transition to the collegiate level.”

Koontz is a St. Louis Park, Minnesota native and is one of the top 125 recruits in the Class of a right-side hitter at her high school. She captained her team last year to a Tri-Metro Conference Title and a third-place finish in the Minnesota State Tournament. Her teams also won the Section 4AA championship in 2016 and 2017. Koontz racked up over 1,000 career kills during her high school career and landed on the 2016 Girl's Junior National Championships All-Tournament Team, the 2017 Minnesota State High School League All-Tournament Team, the 2017 Minnesota Class AA All-State award and made the Tri Metro All Conference team all four years. She also brings strong academic accolades to Marquette, making the honor roll or high honor roll each trimester in high school.

“Ellie has a very quick left arm,” Theis said. “I haven’t seen many opponents be able to stop her when she rolls offensively, and I think her point scoring can and will make us better.”

Mosher joins Marquette out of Waterloo High School as a setter and is No. 84 on’s Senior Ace list. She has an established background with the Golden Eagles as the sister of Madeline Mosher and AAU teammate of Allie Barber and 2018 fellow Marquette commit Katie Schoessow. Mosher has a long list of both team and personal accomplishments and was a part of a pair of volleyball state championship teams in 2014 and 2015 before captaining the 2016 and 2017 teams. Mosher has three school records in career assists (2,589), aces (259) and blocks (242), while also adding over 1,000 digs and kills each. She is a three-time first team all-conference selection and won the Capital South Player of Year twice. Mosher also lettered in track for all four high school seasons.



“Claire has been an All-American at nationals and won two state championships while playing with Madeline,” said Theis. “As a setter, we want someone with great court awareness and Claire is very comfortable in any situation.”

Schoessow rounds out the trio of commits and comes to Marquette by way of Mukwonago High School. Schoessow was a three-time all-state, all-conference and all-area player from the libero position, earning over 2,000 digs. She captained her team to its first-ever state appearance in school history in 2017 where it won the sectional championship.

Katie has great ball skills and will battle it out for playing time with our other back court players,” Theis stated. “She also has really good defensive instincts which is tough to teach.”

The Golden Eagles return all but Manon Geoffroy to a team that reached its seventh-straight NCAA Tournament last season.


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