Volleyball Adds Niemann and Rauch for 2012
June 6, 2012
MILWAUKEE – Middle hitter Meghan Niemann (Jackson, Wis.) and defensive specialist Ellie Rauch (Dubuque, Iowa) will join the Marquette University women’s volleyball team for the 2012 season and each have four years of eligibility remaining.
Neimann, a 6-foot-1 middle, comes to the Golden Eagles from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School as one of the top prep volleyball players in Wisconsin. She was a third team all-state selection as a senior at Lutheran, under head coach Rachel Kuehl while also earning conference player of the year honors with 374 kills, 106 total blocks and a hitting percentage of .324.
“Meghan is a fantastic, hidden, local talent,” Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky said. “We were fortunate to have a player of her caliber in our gym for a camp a couple of years ago. I knew then she had the ability to play at the Division I level, and I am glad she chose Marquette.”
The Jackson, Wis., native is regarded by PrepVolleyball.com as one of the top 250 recruits in the nation and was ranked by ESPNHS as the No. 5 player of the year candidate in the state as a senior.
Niemann, who played her final three prep years at KML, after one year at Lakeside Lutheran, helped the Chargers to three-consecutive conference, sectional and regional championships. She was also the 2012 Wisconsin Division 2 state high jump champion in track and field.
“Meghan hits high and hard, especially when jumping off of one foot. That is such a key part of our offensive system that she will surely find a way to contribute to the program during her career,” said Shymansky. “As a multi-sport athlete, she has a strong competitive streak and a wide range of skills.”
Rauch is a 5-foot-4 defensive specialist who hails from Shymansky’s home state of Iowa. The Dubuque native attended Wahlert Catholic High School and will look to compete for playing time in a back row that includes junior starters Julie Jeziorowski and Rachel Stier.
“Ellie is a top-notch libero from one of the best Catholic high school programs in the country,” Shymansky said. “Ellie is a gifted passer and a gritty defender, and will quickly become a valued member of our back row contingent.”
Playing for head coach Jan Thyne at Wahlert, Rauch was named to the 2011 Iowa Class 3A All-State First Team as well as the Des Moines Register Elite All-State Team. She was a four-time all-conference selection for the Golden Eagles and averaged over five digs a set as a senior.
“Her tough work ethic and no-nonsense attitude allow her to forge ahead regardless of the scoreboard,” Shymansky said. “She is the type of player who will run through walls if we ask her to. She has great core strength and agility, matched with no fear of the ball. On top of all that, she and Meghan are academically gifted and saw the value and honor of a Marquette education.”
Niemann and Rauch, along with Jackie Kocken, Erin Lehman, Mary Nilles, Elizabeth Koberstein (Kentucky transfer) and Eva Lotta-Raat combine to form a seven-person recruiting class for Shymansky which ranks among the nation’s best.