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KWU Volleyball Adds Five

KSAL Sports - February 6, 2014 6:23 am

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The Kansas Wesleyan Volleyball team has added five student-athletes for the upcoming 2014 volleyball season as announced by head coach Fred Aubuchon.

The quintet includes Bailey Gillig from Pratt, Kan., Kendall Carter from Fort Worth, Texas, Krissa Dearden from Scott City, Kan., Paige Johnson from Salina, Kan., and Tia Frazell from Halstead, Kan.

Bailey Gillig, a 5-4 defensive specialist from Pratt, has signed with the Coyotes for the 2014 season. “Bailey is a very solid defensive player, has great academics, and a wonderful, genuine character that will help her fit in with this team. Bailey comes a very strong high school volleyball program that should help in her transition to the collegiate level.” Coach Aubuchon said.

Gillig says she chose Wesleyan because she liked the campus and plans to major in athletic training, one of the strongest programs at KWU. She was also impressed with Coach Aubuchon and the way he operates his program.

Kendall Carter, a 5-7 setter from Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth, Texas, has also signed with the Coyotes. She was first introduced to the KWU program last spring when she attended the volleyball team’s Junior Day. The coaches were immediately impressed by her skills and kept in close contact with her.

“We are very fortunate to be getting an athlete of Kendall’s caliber,” Aubuchon said. “Kendall embodies all that we look for in a student athlete: academic success, athleticism, and tremendous character. Furthermore, she has the complete skill package to be a great setter.”

“I come from a huge school, where I’m just 1 of 3000 students,” Carter said of her choice to come to Wesleyan. “I chose KWU because I love the small hometown feel. I love that everyone knows everyone. When I took my unofficial visit late last year, I felt so welcomed by all the volleyball girls. Coach Aubuchon has created such an amazing volleyball program. I chose KWU because it feels like family.”

Carter plans on majoring in Pre-Med at KWU.

Krissa Dearden, a 5-6 outside hitter from Scott City, Kan., has announced her intentions to play for the Coyotes next season. Dearden already has ties to the Wesleyan volleyball program as her sister Kayla is a member of the program and will be a senior next season.

“Krissa absolutely fits the kind of personality and hard work we’re looking for,” Aubuchon said. “Her sister, Kayla, has been a wonderful addition to the program and we look forward to having Krissa join us.”

“I really enjoy the game and wanted to continue to play,” Dearden said. “Coach Aubuchon was very nice and welcoming and made me feel like he was willing to help me and improve and succeed in the sport.”

Dearden intends to major in accounting.

Salina native Paige Johnson as also signed with Kansas Wesleyan for next season. The senior at Salina Central High School is no stranger to Wesleyan’s program attending games and participating in the camps that the team runs during the summer.

“Paige will offer us competitive depth in both the DS and Outside Hitter positions,” Aubuchon said. “Her character and her academic strength fit in with the program as well.”

“I wanted to play volleyball at KWU because they have a great coaching staff and program. All the girls were welcoming and made me feel like a part of the team,” Johnson said. “I also liked that KWU is in my hometown and academically, it offers what I’m looking for. I know a lot of KWU alumni and they have nothing but positive things to say about KWU.”

She intends to major in either Pre-Physical Therapy or Athletic Training.

Tia Frazell, a 5-7 outside hitter from Halstead, Kan., will join the Coyotes next season. Frazell and her family already have strong ties to Kansas Wesleyan. Her great uncle, Harold Frazell played football at KWU and was a charter member to the Kansas Wesleyan Coyote Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. His sister, Beulah, was named Miss Wesleyan in 1950 during her senior year. She was also the Secretary of the student government.

“I am very excited to see what Tia will be able to do at Kansas Wesleyan,” Aubuchon said. “If her determination and passion is representative of her abilities, then she will be an exciting player to watch for years to come.”

“I have a lot of family history in Salina and I liked the school a lot.” Tia said of her decision to come to Kansas Wesleyan.

Tia intends to major in Physical Education.

The 2013 Kansas Wesleyan Volleyball team won its second KCAC Championship in three years, capturing the KCAC Regular Season Championship and No. 1 seed in the KCAC PostSeason Tournament. The Coyotes then advanced to their third straight KCAC Tournament Championship match, losing to Ottawa University in five sets.

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