DePaul Adds Regional Talent to the Roster for the 2010 Season
CHICAGO - DePaul head volleyball coach Amy Hardison announced today that Chelsea Kirkpatrick (Indianapolis, Ind./Center Grove High School) and Natalie Rizzo (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East High School) both signed a National Letter of Intent and will enroll at DePaul for the 2010-11 school year.
Kirkpatrick, a 6-foot, 3-inch outside hitter joins the Blue Demons after leading Center Grove High School to the Class 4A State semifinal, and was subsequently named to the All-State Second Team. She ranked sixth in all of Indiana with a .455 attack percentage while averaging 3.14 kills-per-set. The two-time Central Grove Offensive Player of the Year and Metro South Player of the Year also competed for Team Indiana.
"I am very excited to have Chelsea join the Blue Demon family," commented Hardison. "Chelsea will bring more size for us on the outside and right side positions. She has a great demeanor on the court along with a passion to win. She is a natural leader and possesses a great court presence."
Rizzo comes to DePaul after a record-setting year at Glenbard East, breaking the single-season record with 129 total blocks, in addition to being the school's all-time leader in career blocks. After finished the year with a blistering .351 attack percentage and a team-high 193 kills, the 6-2 middle blocker was named the Rams' Most Valuable Player. The DuPage County all-area honorable mention team selection also competes for renowned Sports Performance Volleyball Club.
"Natalie comes to us from one of the best club programs in the country," continued Hardison. "We will count on her speed and athleticism to provide us depth in the middle position. She is very athletic, a phenomenal jumper and has a great presence along the net."
The Blue Demons concluded their season last weekend, and ended the year with six wins. The 2010 season will get underway next August.