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Local volleyball stars taking game to UNI

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Cedar Falls, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team has signed two additional players, head coach Bobbi Petersen announced today.  Inking to play with the Panthers starting this fall are middle blocker Macy Ubben (Ackley, Iowa/AGWSR High School) and defensive specialist Jenny Willms (Dike, Iowa/Dike-New Hartford High School).
  
"We are extremely excited about these two student-athletes that we are adding to our team for next year," Petersen said.  "Adding Jenny and Macy to our previous three signees makes this a very exciting 2009 class.  Both Jenny and Macy are competitive multi-sport athletes and have a high commitment to academics.  They each had successful high school careers and play for one of the top club programs in the state.  We are thrilled to have each of them and their families become part of the UNI volleyball family."
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<!--[endif]--> Ubben earned first-team all-state honors this past year at AGWSR high school.  She was captain of the 2008 state all-tournament team, helping lead the Cougars to a 1A runner-up finish.  A four-year starter, she racked up 845 kills and 387 blocks over her prep career, earning first-team all-conference honors her final three seasons.  She played club volleyball for Nike Six Pack.
 
"Macy has the potential to play multiple positions along the net for us," Petersen said.  "She is a big block with a heavy arm and is able to attack all areas on the net.  It will be exciting to see her develop as she gains more experience and training."
 
Willms was a first-team all-state selection this past season for Dike-New Hartford.  She helped the Wolverines to back-to-back 2A state runner-up finishes, earning state all-tournament team honors both years.  Team captain both her junior and senior seasons, she was a three-time first-team all-conference and all-district selection.  She played club volleyball for Nike Six Pack.  Willms also is an outstanding student, holding a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

 "Jenny has been a setter for most of her career and will be moving to the defensive specialist position for us," Petersen said.  "We have had Jenny at camp and she has shown the ability to be a top competitor in this position.  She has great instincts on the court and that, along with her skill level and outstanding work ethic, will make her a huge asset for our team."
 
Ubben and Willms complete UNI's recruiting class for this fall.  The pair join 5-10 outside hitter Amy Braun (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North High School), 6-1 middle blocker Shelby Kintzel (Mount Vernon, Iowa/Mount Vernon High School) and 5-10 setter Molly Turk (Elgin, Ill./Burlington Central High School), each of whom signed with the Panthers in November.

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