DURHAM, N.H. -The University of New Hampshire women's volleyball program announced the signing of three student-athletes for the 2001-2002 season. Kerin Mackanin, Heidi Specht and Jennifer Williams all signed letters of intent on Wednesday afternoon, April 11 to officially become UNH Wildcats.
Mackanin, a 5-10 setter from Bartlett, Ill., played for St. Edward High School in Elgin, Ill. and Club Fusion in Chicago, Ill.. Mackanin was named to the All-Area team in 1999 and 2000 by the Courier News and the Daily Herald News. She was also an all-conference and academic all-conference selection in 1999 and 2000. Off the court, Mackanin is vice president of the student council and is in the honors program at St. Edward's.
"Kerin brings a commanding leadership presence on the court at the setter position," said UNH head coach Jill Hirschinger. "She has been training with one of the top club teams in the country and will bring a wealth of experience to the UNH volleyball program. Kerin is a well-rounded student-athlete, she is very strong in the classroom and has maintained high academic standing throughout her high school career. She will be a great addition to the University as well as our team."
Specht is a 6-1 middle hitter from Kansas City, Mo. who played club volleyball for Team KC in Missouri and captained her Park Hill High School team. She was named first-team All-Conference in 2000, her senior year. She was a member of the state championship team in 1997 and the conference championship team in 1998. Specht was also named to the Missouri All-Star team.
"Heidi is coming to UNH to make an immediate impact," said Hirschinger. "She has a very strong work ethic and is ready for the transition to the college game. We are excited to have Heidi's intensity and desire to win at the next level. Her offensive game and slide attack will make a big impact on our team's offense. Heidi is committed to academics and we are anxious to work with her on the court."
Williams, a 5-7 defensive specialist from Mountain View, Calif., earned St. Francis Most Valuable Defensive Player in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. Williams' St. Francis team was ranked No. 2 in the nation in 1999-2000 and she was a SCVAL First-Team all-conference selection in 1999. Williams also played club volleyball for Vision in California.
"The coaching staff is impressed with her court awareness and ball control," said Hirschinger. "Jen comes to UNH from one of the top five high school teams in the country and her club team has consistently been ranked in the top 10. Jen has established herself as one of the premier defensive players in the game and her ability to read different offenses and making outstanding saves are the strong points of her game. We are very proud and excited to have Jen wearing a UNH volleyball jersey next year."
The UNH volleyball program now has five student-athletes signed for the 2000-2001 season with Erin Walker and Bonnie Wilson having signed in the fall of last year.