BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University volleyball head coach Kevin Ulmer announced the addition of Meeghan Dahlager (OH, 5-10, Yellow Medicine East, Minn.), Ashley East (RS, 5-11, McFarland HS) and Rylee Pompa (MB, 6-0, Elgin, Ill.) to the BSU volleyball program for the 2019 season. The trio joins, Annie Hopp, Samiya Jami and Randi Johnson as newcomers to the team in the fall.
Meeghen Dahlager – 5-10 – OH – Granite Falls, Minn. (Yellow Medicine East HS)
Yellow Medicine East HS: Dahlager is a four-time letterwinner in The Sting’s volleyball program and a five-time letterwinner in the school’s basketball and track programs… Named to the Camden All-Conference First Team for volleyball, basketball and track… Helped The Sting to a 19-6 record in 2018 and a Section 3A tournament appearance in 2018… She is the school’s record holder in the triple jump… Helped the SWMNVB AAU team win the 18-club National Championship in 2018… Member of the school’s honor roll throughout high school career.
Personal: Born June 9, 2001 and is the daughter of Nate and Cori Dahlager… Plans to major in Elementary Education while at Bemidji State… Enjoys reading, outdoor activities and being with family and friends when not on the volleyball court… Mother Cori played volleyball at Concordia-St. Paul and Southwest Minnesota State… Dad Nate plated basketball and track at MSU-Moorhead and SMSU… Uncle Justin played basketball at Michigan Tech.
Ulmer on Dahlager: “Meeghen is a well-rounded attacker with experience at every position across the net. She has been a great leader in her high school in multiple sports and will continue to impact our team into the future.”
Ashley East– 5-11 – RS – McFarland, Wis. (McFarland HS)
McFarland HS: East is an eight-time letterwinner at McFarland High School… Named to the Rock Valley All-Conference First Team and All-Wisconsin Second Team in 2018… Helped the Spartans to a 26-9 record in 2018 and an appearance at the WIAA Sectional Final… Named to the Rock Valley All-Conference Second Team in 2017… Member of the National Honor Society and the schools High Honor Roll.
Personal: Born on August 7, 2001 and is the daughter of Chris and Janell East… Currently undecided on a major at Bemidji State… Enjoys outdoor activities, hanging with friends and playing with her dog when not on the volleyball court.
Ulmer on East: “Ashley is a gritty, determined and competitive right-side hitter that will challenge us on and off the court. She’s committed to her progress but always focused on her teammates.”
Rylee Pompa – 6-0 – MB – Elgin, Ill. (South Elgin HS)
South Elgin HS: Letterwinner for South Elgin High School’s volleyball and dance team programs… Helped the Spartans set the school record in wins her senior season and advance to the regional finals… Named Upstate Eight All-Conference Honorable Mention… Helped the dance team win third at state her freshman year… Academic All-Conference and member of the school’s High Honor Roll and National Honor Society.
Personal: Born on November 16, 2000 and is the daughter of Randy and Meredith Pompa… Plans to major in Business Administration while at Bemidji State… Enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and taking picture when not on the volleyball court… Sister Teagan played basketball at Northeast Community College.
Ulmer on Pompa: “Rylee has athleticism and skill as a middle to be very productive in our league and present a lot of challenges to our opponents. She also has a very fun-loving personality that will really fit in here.”
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).