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Northern State University head coach Brent Aldridge announced today the addition of four student-athletes for the 2019-20 season. Hanna Reiff (Chester, S.D.), Makenna Steffel (Bird Island, Minn.), Kylee Van Egdom (Sioux Falls, S.D.), and Keri Walker (Grafton, Wis.) signed national letters of intent and will join the Wolves next fall.


“This class of players is very need specific,” explained Aldridge. “All of these players brings a specific skill set to our program that will have an impact in the future of Wolves Volleyball. The first thing that I like about this class is they are all very GOOD people. They are highly competitive players on the court and in the classroom, and will continue to uphold the high standard of excellence that Wolves volleyball has come to expect. I feel like they will not only push our existing players in practice but will also compete for playing time next fall. I am excited that these players have decided to come be a part of our Wolves volleyball family and challenge the nation’s finest competition in the Northern Sun Conference.”


Hanna Reiff •  Chester, S.D. •  Chester Area HS

Hanna Reiff is a 5-foot-8, defensive specialist out of Chester Area High School. She is a 4-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Pegasus under head coach Jean Benson. Reiff averaged nearly 10.0 digs a set as a junior, accumulating over 2800 digs in her career. In 2017, she was named to the South Dakota All-State first team, and State B All-Tournament team. Reiff is an All-BEC first team selection, MaxPreps All-American underclassman, and 2018 South Dakota All-Star. She holds the State Class B record for digs during the state tournament with 101, averaging 9.18 per set in 2017. Chester won the 2015 South Dakota State Championship, and has reached the title match in three of her four seasons. She is the daughter of Scott and Deanna Reiff, and sister of current Wolves junior Jenna Reiff.



Makenna Steffel •  Bird Island, Minn. •  BOLD HS

Makenna Steffel is a 6-foot, outside hitter out of BOLD High School. She is a 5-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Warriors under head coach Brittney Keltgen. Steffel has accumulated over 890 kills and 180 blocks for BOLD. She is a 3-time all-conference honoree, 3-time KNUJ Player of the Week, 3-time all-section pick, 3-time academic all-conference, 2-time all-area recipient, and 2018 all-state selection. In 2018, she was named to the West Central All-Conference team as the conference MVP. The Warriors earned the 2018 West Central Conference Championship. She is the daughter of Tami and Randy Steffel.



Kylee Van Egdom •  Sioux Falls, S.D. •  Sioux Falls Christian HS

Kylee Van Egdom is a 5-foot-10, outside hitter from Sioux Falls Christian High School. She is a 4-year starter and 3-year team captain for the Chargers. Van Egdom has recorded 1,282 kills, 970 digs, 324 aces, and 138 blocks in her career, all while holding a 4.0 GPA. She is a 3-time all-conference and all-state selection, as well as a 2016 AAU All-American. The Chargers won the 2015 and 2017 South Dakota State Championships. She is the daughter of Scott and Candace Van Egdom.



Keri Walker  •  Grafton, Wis. •  Living Word Lutheran

Keri Walker is a 6-foot, setter/right side out of Living Word Lutheran. She is a 4-year starter and 2-year team captain for the Timberwolves under head coach Dawn Walker. In the past three seasons, Walker has averaged over 5.0 kills per set. She has accumulated over 1700 kills, 280 aces, 240 blocks, 660 digs, and 750 assists. Walker is a 5-time all-conference recipient, 4-time West Bend Daily News all-county honoree, 2-time all-state honorable mention selection, 2-time state all-tournament team member, first team all-state pick, and AVCA Player of the Week. She was named the 2018 Co-Player of the Year in the Midwest Classic Conference. She is the daughter of Jeff and Dawn Walker.