Nov. 17, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan volleyball head coach Mark Rosen announced today (Wednesday, Nov. 17) the signing of Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and Lauren Teknipp (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) to National Letters of Intent to join the Wolverines for the 2011-12 academic year. Both players were named to the Under Armour All-America first team today, the first Michigan recruits to ever earn the honor.
With their first team All-America honors, Danemiller and Teknipp will participate in the 2010 Under Armour All-American match, scheduled for Dec. 18 in Kansas City, Mo.
"It is a small class," Rosen said of the duo. "But it is a class that fits our needs and our program and will make a big impact. These two will fit in well with our team, both athletically and personality wise. They give us a chance to compete, in our own gym and against our competition."
Dannemiller, a 5-11 setter, joins the Wolverines after stringing together back-to-back first team all-state seasons for Lakota West. Dannemiller was also named the 2010 Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year while earning All-District Academic Team and first team District-16 honors. She led Team Z to a 16-and-under national championship in 2009, earning MVP honors.
"Lexi is a very skilled setter, and is very different than Lexi Zimmerman," Rosen said. "It is obviously going to be hard for anyone to follow in Lexi's (Zimmerman) footsteps, but you have to have your own personality and style to compete in your own way. Dannemiller is a very skilled and mindful setter. She is athletic but not flashy and relies on her mechanics and technique to put hitters in good spots. I watched her lead her club team to a national championship and never once did she put her hitters in a bad position. She gives us great depth, along with Catherine Yager, competing in the setter position."
The 6-2 Teknipp was named the 2010 Georgia Player of the Year for the A/AA class after helping Eagles Christian Landing to a 32-12 overall record and an appearance in the state semifinals. She was selected to the 2010 U.S. Youth Olympic Games roster, helping the U.S. to a silver medal, and was named to the U.S. Girls' Youth A2 team in both 2008 and 2009. Teknipp, capable of playing outside, middle or right side, plays for the A5 club team.
"Lauren's strength that she will bring to us is her versatility and athleticism," Rosen said. "She can pretty much play anywhere on the floor, other than setter and libero. She can hit a first-tempo quick set or hit the higher outside set. We can put her anywhere along the front line and have her compete as a young player. She has a lot of high-level experience, both with her club team and starting for the U.S. team that won silver in Singapore last year. She is a very aggressive player, and we look for her to compete in our gym and help take our program to the next level."
Michigan hosts its final two home matches of the season this weekend, welcoming Purdue on Friday (Nov. 19) and Indiana on Saturday (Nov. 20) to Cliff Keen Arena. Both matches will start at 7 p.m.
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