Karlie Hauer of Andover and Lindsey Lawmaster of Los Alamitos, Calif., have both signed national letter of intent with to play volleyball for the Gopher in 2012, according to a University of Minnesota news release..
Hauer, a 5-11 outside hitter, helped the Huskies finish third in the Class 3A state tournament this fall.
She was named to the Star Tribune's all-metro team, the coaches' all-state team and to Prep Volleyball's senior aces. Hauer is a two-time all-sate tournament pick, team in her junior and a two-time all-conference selection,
Hauer finished her Huskies career with 1,445 kills, including 431 her senior year and hit .333. She has 224 career blocks, 637 digs and 125 aces. She also lettered at Andover in gymnastics and track. Hauer has also played club volleyball with the Minnesota Select for the past three seasons and played within the USA Volleyball circuit this past summer. She earned academic all-state honors this year, too.
“Karlie is a phenomenal athlete with a great work ethic,” Gophers coach Laura Bush said. “We’re excited to add another student-athlete to Gopher volleyball that’s one of the best in the state of Minnesota.”
Said Hauer, “I chose the University of Minnesota for multiple reasons. I wanted to go to a large campus that had great academic opportunities and still be able to play volleyball at a high level of competition. Along with great tradition, the coaching I will receive and the current members of the team, I felt Minnesota was the place to be.”
Lawmaster is a 5-5 libero and played for Los Alamitos High School and the TCA Volleyball Club. She also has played with USA Volleyball, both indoor and beach, as well as with California Beach Volleyball Association.
In high school, Lawmaster was a 94 percent passer with only 13 errors in 233 attempts. She had 177 digs in 204 attempts for 71 percent. With TCA Club, Lawmaster was the starting libero for the travel team that competed against international junior national teams in April of 2010.
“Lindsey has played at a very high level internationally as well as nationally,” Bush said. “She’s a spunky defensive specialist/libero and we expect her to continue the strong defensive tradition that Minnesota volleyball has built.”
"I'm always open to change, and the fact that Minnesota is the polar opposite of Southern California really attracted me to the school,” Lawmaster said. “I also felt that the coaching staff is one of the best in the nation, especially with the addition of Hugh McCutcheon starting my freshman year. The girls are great, the campus is beautiful, the science department is top notch, but most of all I want to help the U win a national championship!"