North Dakota State University head volleyball coach Jennifer Lopez announced the addition of five student-athletes for the 2021-22 school year on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Alexis Boling, a middle blocker from Waukesha, Wis.; Morgan Middleton, an outside hitter from Clarion, Iowa; Raegen Reilly, a setter from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Abby Moe, a middle blocker from Eagan, Minn.; and Abby Stark, a defensive specialist/libero from Willmar, Minn., will continue their academic careers at NDSU and join the Bison in the fall of 2021.
Boling and Reilly were both recently named to the AVCA High School All-Region Teams in their respective regions, and are believed to be the first incoming NDSU Volleyball signees to earn the distinction. Boling was named to Region 6 (Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin), while Reilly was named to Region 7 (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska). With the honor, they advance to be considered for this year’s Under Armour All-America teams.
Boling (Waukesha West HS) has racked up more than 1200 kills, 250 blocks, and 100 aces in her decorated high school career, earning AVCA All-Region and Classic 8 Conference Player of the Year honors this season. She was named to the all-conference first team for the past three seasons, setting the school record for career kills.
Middleton (Clarion-Goldfield-Dows HS) was a three-time unanimous All-North Central Conference honoree, leading Clarion-Goldfield-Dows to the semifinals of the state tournament this season. She totaled nearly 1,800 kills in her high school career, earning first-team all-state and all-tournament honors as both a junior and senior. As a junior at the state tournament in 2019, she set a Class 2A tournament record with 37 kills in a match.
Reilly (O’Gorman HS) was an all-state honoree in South Dakota as a sophomore in 2018 and junior in 2019, adding all-tournament recognition as a junior. This season, she has led O’Gorman HS to an undefeated record and nationally ranked status. Reilly has accumulated over 1500 assists, 700 digs, and 600 kills in her high school career. She also plays basketball, filling a significant role on the O’Gorman squad that went unbeaten last season.
Moe (Eagan HS) helped lead Eagan HS to back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Minnesota Class 3A state tournament in 2018 and 2019. Between her sophomore and junior seasons, Moe racked up 198 total blocks and posted a hitting percentage over .400. She is ranked the No. 18 overall player in the state of Minnesota by PrepDig, and was named one of the Top Blockers/Defensive players in the state.
Stark (Willmar HS) is the all-time digs leader at Willmar HS, earning all-conference honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She added all-area honors and was named to the AVCA Phenom list as a junior in 2019, and was named to the 2020 Under Armour All-American watch list. Stark is currently leading the state of Minnesota with 167 total digs (5.6 per set) in her senior campaign, and is ranked the No. 17 player overall in the state.
The Bison will open the 2020-21 volleyball season with Summit League matches at Kansas City on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.