Press Release courtesy of North Dakota State Athletics
North Dakota State University head volleyball coach Jennifer Lopez announced Thursday, April 12, the addition of 5-foot-8 outside hitter Kaylee Hanger (Millstadt, Ill. / Belleville West H.S.) and 5-10 outside hitter Maggie Steffen (Grand Forks, N.D. / Red River H.S.), who will be joining the volleyball program in the fall of 2018.
Hanger and Steffen are two of five newcomers to the program, joining 6-foot setter Kalli Hegerle (West Fargo, N.D. / West Fargo H.S.); 5-11 outside hitter Ally Murphy (Eagan, Minn. / Eagan H.S.) and 6-1 middle hitter Kirstin Tidd (Verona, Wis. / Verona Area High School).
KAYLEE HANGER, 5-8, Outside Hitter, Millstadt, Ill. (Belleville West H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time all-area and all-Southwestern Conference outside hitter for Belleville West High School and head coach Lauren DiGiralamo … Four-year letterwinner for Maroons … Named to 2017 Metro East Classic all-tournament team … Recorded 325 kills as junior, 318 as a senior … Came up with career-high 295 digs as a senior and had three straight seasons with 240-plus digs … Served 104 aces over final three seasons including 40 as a senior … Belleville West had 88-23 over last three seasons including 33-4 her sophomore year … Played club volleyball for Illinois High Performance in St. Louis coached by David Owens and Abby Hanger … Played basketball for Belleville West … Member of Student Council, National Honor Society and German Honor Society …
PERSONAL: Daughter of Steve and Amy Hanger … Has two sisters, Abby and Ali … Abby played volleyball at McKendree (Ill.) University, Ali currently at Cumberland University … Plans to major in mathematics.
MAGGIE STEFFEN, 5-10, Outside Hitter, Grand Forks, N.D. (Red River H.S.)
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year all-state performer for Red River High School and head coach Carolyn Olson … Two-time all-conference and all-tournament selection at outside hitter for Roughriders … Scheduled to play in North Dakota Optimist All-Star game in June … Led Red River to 26-11 record in 2016 as a junior … Finished prep career with 1,193 kills and 1,191 digs, adding 85 blocks and 81 service aces … Plays club volleyball for the Grand Fork Stars coached by Heather Grieser … Two-time state placewinner in the javelin for the Roughriders track & field team … All-conference player for Red River basketball team, leading the league in steals … President of student council, leadership council and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).
PERSONAL: Daughter of Michael and Kim Steffen … Has two sisters, Jordyn and Hadley … Hadley was volleyball/track & field performer from 2014-17 to NDSU … Jordyn played volleyball at NDSCS … Plans to major in nursing or exercise science.
North Dakota State finished the 2017 season with a 19-9 record including 9-5 in the Summit League. The Bison advanced to the league tournament semifinals for the ninth time. NDSU head coach Jennifer Lopez was recently named one of the AVCA’s 2018 “Thirty under 30” award winners.