Volleyball

Soennichsen Announces Six Commitments for 2017 Season

(Miles City, MT) Miles Community College head volleyball coach Chase Soennichsen is proud to announce the commitments of six players for the 2017 season.

With a recruiting class that has already featured Custer County Standout Tori Oglin, the six additions bring the Pioneer Volleyball program one step closer to their season since being reinstated last August.

Erika Ugalde - Drummond High School - Drummond, MT

Erika is the daughter of Dorene Pfendler and Christian Pfendler. The outside hitter is set to graduate in may this year from Drummond High School before she will take the next step to play collegiately for the Pioneers. Ugalde earned six varsity letters at DHS including two in volleyball and four in softball and was a first team all conference selection in 2016. Playing for head coach Tina Wetsch, the senior worked her way to a career serving percentage of 93% while amassing 63 aces. Wetsch also finished her career with 245 kills and 23 blocks during her campaign at DHS. Erika plans to study Media Arts after finishing her two year degree at MCC.

Erika on her signing: “I was drawn to Miles City because I have family in the area. I like the campus, the price, the class size, and the town. I think that Miles Community is a great stepping stone to reaching my career goals.”

Kyla Schleuning - Harding County High School - Buffalo, SD

Kyla Schleuning is a 5’10” middle blocker out of Harding County High School in Buffalo, SD. Daughter of Brandon Schleuning and Lori Jacobs and has been team captain for the past two years. Off the court, Schleuning is busy with extra-curricular roles including FFA treasurer and class secretary. On the court, Kyla has had a great amount of success. With four varsity letters and five all conference selections, Kyla has led HCHS to conference, district, and regional championships in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Schleuning finished her career with 722 kills, 104 total blocks, and 95 aces in four years of varsity play under the coaching of Tammy Bruha. Schleuning plans to study secondary education with an emphasis in physical education and is excited to take the floor in blue for the Pioneers next season.

Kyla on her signing: “I chose Miles City mainly based on the people in the community. Along with the college faculty and students, the community is incredibly helful and generous. They give you the small town friendliness that I have always grown up with.”

Jada Kananen - Roy High School - Roy, MT

Jada is the daughter of CW and Robin Kananen. The outside hitter for Roy High School shined in her athletic career. Kananen earned 10 varsity letters including three in track and basketball and four in volleyball. With an average of 13 kills and four blocks per game, the senior was the anchor for an RHS team that finished 3rd at Divisionals this past season. While playing for head coach Jolene Ehlert, Jada was a part of three district championships for RHS and has fast tracked her way into a leadership role both on the court and off the court. Jada is an active member in her 4-H club and FFA organization and has had multiple stints on the RHS Honor Roll including one appearance on the academic all-state team. With a planned major of office administration and technology, Jada hopes to pursue both her academic and athletic goals while at Miles Community College.

Jada on her signing: “I chose Miles Community college because it is a small, welcoming college, with small class sizes! I look forward to being apart of the volleyball team and taking on a new education!”

Kelsey McDonald - Gardiner High School - Gardiner, MT

McDonald was an all conference selection in 2014, 2015, and 2016 as a utility player with a majority of her time coming as a setter. The senior standout for Gardiner High School is set to graduate in May and will pursue a career as a veterinarian while attending MCC. McDonald is the daughter of Rob and Danyalle McDonald and played her career under the guidance of GHS head volleyball coach Carmen Harbach. With four district championships, two divisional championships, and two state championships throughout her career at GHS, McDonald brings a winning attitude to the newly reinstated MCC volleyball program. With 596 kills and 1,568 digs, McDonald brings a versatile skill set to the program that will benefit both the Pioneer offense and defense.

Kelsey on her signing:“I chose MCC because it is a great school and has my major that I want to take. As well as a coaching staff and school staff that is very supportive”

Makayla Lennick - Billings Central Catholic High School - Shepherd, MT

Makayla is a native of Shepherd, MT and the daughter of Rick and Kim Lennick. She will graduate this May from Billings Central Catholic High School and will pursue her two year education at MCC before jumping into a career in Dental Hygiene. With three varsity letters in Volleyball while at BCCHS and a stint on the Montana Juniors club team, Lennick has plenty of experience playing at a high level of competition that will benefit the MCC volleyball program.

Makayla on her signing:“I chose MCC because of the class room sizes and more one on one with professors. Also the volleyball program will be a good fit for me.”

Leah Aigner - Shepherd High School - Shepherd, MT

Aigner’s hometown is Shepherd, MT and she will graduate from Shepherd High School this Spring. The 5’10” middle blocker has been a catalyst on her varsity team as she has earned letters in volleyball throughout her career. Spending a majority of the time in the front row for SHS, Aigner led her team to a 3rd place finish at districts as a junior and was a captain on the 4th place district team her senior season. With two honorable mentions throughout her high school career, Leah will bring some depth to the front row of the Pioneer program.

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