BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University volleyball program announced three student-athletes to its 2012 signing class on Wednesday afternoon. Jessica Yost (OH, Bemidji, Minn), Amanda Tronick (OH, Hutchinson, Minn.), and MaKenzie Franklin (MH, Cannon Falls, Minn.) all signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate volleyball for head coach Wayne Chadwick in his fourth season at BSU in 2013.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“I think they’re going to present us with some options offensively—they’re going to give us more weapons,” said Chadwick. “Time will tell, but they all have the potential to start playing for us next year. This class will give us some additional size, which will be nice. (With only three players,) it’s the smallest class I’ve brought in and I’m very pleased with the class as a group.”
Yost will be the first player first Beaver to come from Bemidji High School since setter Courtney Bitter played at BSU in 2008 and 2009, while Tronick will join fellow Hutchinson natives Courtney Fox (Fr., DS) and Molly Monahan (Fr., OH) on the 2013 squad. Thirteen of the 14 players from the 2012 BSU team that recently finished its season will be eligible to return next season. All three players were ranked in Breakdown Magazine’s top 100 players in the state of Minnesota. Yost was the highest at No. 19.
Jessica Yost • 6-1 • Outside Hitter
Bemidji High School • Bemidji, Minn.
At Bemidji High School: A native of Bemidji, Yost helped lead the Lumberjacks to back-to-back state tournament appearances in her junior and senior years…As a team captain in her fourth year, she helped guide the team to the state consolation final where it lost to fifth-ranked Roseville, which went 27-6 on the season…Named to the all-tournament team for BHS, which reached a program record 24 wins for the second straight year…Selected to the 2012 all-state team her senior season after posting 494 kills on 1100 attacks, 76 blocks, and 422 digs… Reached the 1,000-kill mark in her junior season and also holds BHS’s career kills record…Set the school’s single-season kill record in her sophomore season and broke it in both her junior and senior years…Played in the AAU Volleyball Nationals during the summers of 2011 and 2012 with the Black Ice club team…A three-sport athlete, Yost also competed in basketball and softball and is a 10-time letterwinner…She was a standout on the softball field…During her junior year she led the Lumberjacks in batting average (.404), slugging percentage (.596), and had the best pitching record (9-3)…Pitched a perfect game against Grand Forks Central as a freshman and pitched a no-hitter that included 17 strikeouts in her junior year.
Personal: Born May 27, 1995… Daughter of Dennis and Laurie Yost… Plans on studying design technology while at BSU… Sister, Chelsea, now a senior at Carleton College, competes on the softball team and earned All-MIAC honors in 2012.
Chadwick on Yost: “It’s always good to get the local players to stay in town. Jess has had a great year. The team went to state for the second year in a row and she was named all-state and all-tournament down there. Jess has the potential to play all the way around and can help us defensively and with serve/receive. Something that has impressed me with her is that, for her size, she really does a great job at getting down to the floor for balls, moves well, and has good instincts from a defensive standpoint.”
Amanda Tronick • 6-0 • Outside Hitter
Hutchinson Senior High Shool • Hutchinson, Minn.
At Hutchinson High School: Tronick comes to BSU after competing for the Tigers’ varsity volleyball team for three years…Started on a team that made it to the state tournament and finished in second place in 2AA in her sophomore season…The team reached the state tournament for the second straight season her junior year and placed fourth…She was selected to the Hutchinson Leader All-Area team in both 2011 and 2012…As a senior, tallied 318 kills on a .358 hitting percentage and recorded 31 service aces, 158 digs, and 21 blocks…Earned Wright County Conference Honorable Mention and selected to the WCC conference team for her efforts during her senior season…During the summer, competed on the Hutchinson Area Elite AAU team coached by the father of former BSU volleyball player Kimberly Hacker…Former teammate of current Beaver volleyball players Courtney Fox and Molly Monahan during the 2010 and 2011 seasons and also played with BSU setter Ashley Kiecker in club volleyball.
Personal: Born April 24, 1995… Daughter of Chris and Rhonda Tronick… Still undecided in her major field of study at BSU… Older sister Kayla, a redshirt freshman at the University of Kentucky, competes for the Wildcat volleyball team.
Chadwick on Tronick: “Tronick hits a heavy, heavy ball. She doesn’t necessarily hit the ball fast and it’s not necessarily going to explode off her hand, but it just sits on the defenders’ arms—she’s going to hit the ball hard, which is sometimes different from fast. She’s got the ability to get off the ground well and she has the ability to play all the way around for us, which will help us from a serve/receive and defensive standpoint.”
MaKenzie Franklin • 6-0 • Middle Hitter
Cannon Falls High School • Cannon Falls, Minn.
At Cannon Falls High School: Competed for the Rebels for four seasons in high school…While at Cannon Falls, she compiled 691 kills, 452 blocks, and 90 service aces…Helped guide the Rebels to the school’s best record of 23-6 in her senior season before the team fell in the subsection semifinals to end the season…Selected to Hiawatha Valley League All-Conference team in 2011 and was also voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player…Franklin also earned two letters as a member of the basketball team.
Personal: Born December 19, 1994… Daughter of Cory and Barbara Franklin…Currently undecided on a major field of study at BSU.
Chadwick on Franklin: “MaKenzie Franklin from Cannon Falls is a really solid athlete. I think she’s pretty quick. She gets off the ground well and she has the athleticism and the flexibility to play any of the three positions along the net. Having that flexibility will only add to the depth of the team and give us some options.”
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).